By Melissa Warren
LAS VEGAS, NV — Within the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District, an intersection of two streets renamed during the last year has taken on special meaning following the One October shooting. The intersection of Wellness Way and Hope Place now stands as a symbol of the extraordinary life-saving work performed at UMC, Valley Hospital and other nearby medical facilities.
Wellness Way, formerly Bearden and Goldring Avenue, runs east from Shadow Lane (Bearden) and west from Shadow Lane just north of UMC (Goldring). It was officially renamed in April 2017 as part of a long-term master plan for the area focused on the development and evolution of a cohesive medical district that includes physical infrastructure improvements as well as a more coordinated approach to medical care with the arrival of the UNLV School of Medicine and a growing number of ancillary medical facilities.
Originally named for the Bearden family, who are direct descendants of Robert E. Lake, the first barber in Las Vegas and the founder of the first school in Las Vegas, Wellness Way planned improvements include a future pocket park that will commemorate the family’s historic contribution to the area via a plaque in their honor. The park is expected to be complete later this year.
According to Lois Tarkanian, Mayor Pro Tem, city of Las Vegas, the name change to Wellness Way was a unanimous decision of the Las Vegas Medical District and the department of Economic and Urban Development and in keeping with the vision of the area that is undergoing significant economic redevelopment as a result of the new medical school, improvements to existing medical facilities and the arrival of new businesses to support the growing area.
Hope Place, formerly known as Rose Street and renamed in March 2016, runs north and south in front of the UMC Trauma Center and Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC. According to UMC CEO Mason VanHouweling, the decision to rename the street was made months before the One October shooting to reflect the life-changing and life-saving care provided at the UMC Trauma Center and Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC on a daily basis.
“As Nevada’s only Level I Trauma Center, UMC remains committed to offering the highest level of care available to community members and visitors.” said VanHouweling. “The Southern Nevada medical community, including UMC, is in the business of providing hope to patients and their families. The new street signs for both Hope Place and Wellness Way serve as a daily reminder to all who enter our doors that hope and health are always at the forefront of our mission.”
ABOUT LAS VEGAS MEDICAL DISTRICT
Established by the Las Vegas City Council in 1997, the Las Vegas Medical District (LVMD) is now evolving as one of the most important economic development projects in southern Nevada that will enhance and expand access to quality medical care, attract new, high-paying employers to the region and advance a higher quality of life. The medical district is a collaborative effort between the city of Las Vegas and the downtown Las Vegas medical and health care community. The LVMD creates an environment that supports future and continued development of businesses and real property within the district.