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Solari Hospice Care Announces Plans to Build New 12-Bed Inpatient Hospice Center in Northwest/Summerlin Area of Las Vegas
Published on Tue, Aug 7, 2012 (4:03 p.m.)Las Vegas, Nev. – August 7, 2012 – To better serve the medical needs of seriously-ill residents in the northwest area of Las Vegas, Solari Hospice Care is announcing plans to build a new 12-bed, 13,000-square-foot Inpatient Hospice Center on a 2.09-acre parcel of land at the southwest corner of West Craig Road and Conough Lane.
Solari Hospice Care, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary in Las Vegas this year, currently operates a 12-bed Inpatient Hospice Center at 5530 S. Jones Blvd. as well as hospice services for residents throughout Clark County.
"The opening of Solari's new Inpatient Hospice Center in the Summerlin area will bring our one-of-a-kind hospice care – an integrated team approach that combines state-of-the-art acute medical care with the comforts of home – to terminally-ill patients and their families in northwest Las Vegas,” says Gary Polsky, founder, president and CEO, Solari Hospice Care. “We're thrilled to be able to make our superior level of trusted, compassionate end-of-life care easily accessible to these members of our community."
Solari Hospice Care received zoning approval for land use by the Clark County Department of Comprehensive Planning in June. Las Vegas-based JMA Architects, a firm which specializes in designing medical facilities, has been hired to oversee the project.
The new hospice center will be located just one mile west of I-95 and close to three major hospitals in the northwest: Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, Mountain View Hospital and Centennial Hills Hospital.
“Solari Hospice Care did a lot of research before purchasing this particular tract of land,” explains Candis Armour, R.N., executive director, Solari Hospice Care. “In the end, we felt like the northwest area of Las Vegas has been underserved, given that no freestanding inpatient hospice center is currently operating there.”
In total, Las Vegas has only 74 inpatient hospice beds in the city and only 56 of them are in freestanding hospice centers, a fact which has become an increasing concern within the healthcare community.
Nevada’s senior citizen population is expected to dramatically increase over the next two decades. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 12% of Nevadans – or 324,459 persons – were age 65 or older in 2010. By 2020, Nevada is projected to have more than 531,000 residents age 65 or older. By 2030, that number is expected to climb to more than 797,000.
“As we plan for a continued graying of our population in the Silver State, we are going to need more hospice beds,” says Armour. “It’s like watching the clouds gather before the rain. You know what’s coming. At Solari Hospice Care, we’re excited to expand our outreach within the Las Vegas community and to be part of the solution to that problem.”
Solari Hospice Care hopes to break ground on its Inpatient Hospice Center in approximately 120 days with a goal to complete construction and open its doors in late 2013.
“In hospice, our first choice is always to treat patients in their places of residence,” concludes Armour. “However, when a patient’s pain and symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, our Inpatient Hospice Center provides a peaceful, tranquil setting where patients can receive round-the-clock medical care without going to a hospital. At Solari Hospice Care, we are pleased that we will soon be able to double the number of beds we offer and provide a second, convenient location for patients, families and the medical community in northwest Las Vegas.”
Solari Hospice Care is devoted to helping people live with dignity and comfort by providing trusted and professional hospice care in the Las Vegas and Houston communities. Focused on enhancing the quality of life for patients and their loved ones, Solari’s exemplary team of physicians, pharmacists, registered nurses, certified nursing aides, social workers, administrative staff, counselors and volunteers are specially trained to offer the most compassionate and comforting care designed for each patient’s unique needs. For more information about Solari Hospice Care, call 702-870-0000, visit www.solarihospice.com or follow @SolariHospice on Twitter or Facebook.