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Jan 30th, 2012
Valley Hospital Kicks Off 40th Anniversary With Rededication Ceremony
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The ceremony will be held today, January 30, at 1 p.m. in the cafeteria, 40 years to the day of the original dedication. A small collection of historical nursing uniforms and caps will be featured, along with speeches and a group ribbon cutting.

When it opened its doors in December 1971, Valley Hospital boasted an eight-bed emergency department with plans to add 11 intensive care unit beds. Formerly a nursing home, it had been purchased by Valley Hospital Ltd., a group of local businessmen who then transformed it into a hospital.

Today, Valley Hospital has a 54-bed emergency department which is the first point of entry for hundreds of stroke and cardiac patients. The hospital is a Primary Stroke Center, and a Chest Pain Center accredited with PCI, and has utilized its therapeutic hypothermia protocol on over 100 patients since it debuted in December 2009. The addition of a biplane angiography suite allows interventional radiologists to perform less invasive procedures for aneurysms and other advanced medical procedures.

Meanwhile, the hospital added more services to meet the needs of a fast-growing community. Maternity services opened in late 1987. Today, approximately 3,000 babies are welcomed into the world by the Valley Hospital team each year. A level three (Level III) neonatal intensive care unit opened in 1997 to care for some of southern Nevada’s tiniest, most fragile patients, some of them weighing less than three pounds at birth.

Valley Hospital was renowned for its Flight for Life (FFL) program, aka “the flying emergency room.” During its 21-year history, approximately 20,000 flights took place over a 150-mile radius that spanned Nevada, Utah, California and Arizona. Flight for Life played a crucial role in the 1980 MGM fire and even today, long-time Valley Hospital staff members recall their role in the mass casualty. Flight For Life was sold in December 2001 but lives on through the recognition of a long-time flight nurse killed in the line of duty. Kathy Batterman Elementary School is located in southwest Las Vegas.

Additionally, Valley Hospital is home to one of the nation’s largest osteopathic graduate medical education programs featuring approximately 80 residents and seven programs – internal medicine, family medicine, neurology, dermatology, ophthalmology and traditional, along with a fellowship in pulmonary medicine. Fellowships in gastroenterology and critical care/pulmonary medicine, along with a residency in orthopedic surgery, will begin in July 2012. The program’s first two neurology residents will complete their residency by January 31; one will remain in Southern Nevada to practice medicine and the other is relocating to Southern California.

Although several employees who opened the hospital have since retired in recent years, there are six employees who will mark 35 or more years of employment at Valley Hospital in calendar year 2012 and a total of 34 employees who will celebrate 30 or more years.
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