Jennifer Le; Dr. Upinder Singh; Dr. Jonathan Wirjo; Tami Vogel; Adam Rudd; Susan Brager; Alexis Mussi; Becky Harris; Richard Lee; Steve Yeager.

By Melissa Warren and photo by Lisa Robinson

Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, part of Sunrise Health System located at 9300 W. Sunset Road in Las Vegas, broke ground on October 26th for the Behavioral Health Center at Southern Hills Hospital, a new 80-bed psychiatric center and the only one in the fast-growing southwest valley.

Adam Rudd, chief executive officer of Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, was joined by Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager, District F; Nevada State Senator Becky Harris, District 9; Nevada State Assemblyman Steve Yeager, District 9; and Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel, District 20, in a brief ceremony that marked the beginning of construction of the project that is expected to take approximately 12 months to complete.

Spanning 43,350 square feet, the new Behavioral Center will treat patients as young as 13 years of age. “This new center will go a long way in meeting the critical need in our community of helping those with mental health issues,” said Commissioner Susan Brager. “Not only is this center a direct benefit to patients, it is a great resource for families and caretakers and the community at large. We commend the leadership of Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center for their plan to develop a large and top-notch Behavioral Center right here in Southern Nevada.”

The new center represents an expansion of Southern Hills’ existing psychiatric services and adds 40 adult beds, 20 adolescent beds and 20 geriatric beds along with outdoor recreation areas specifically for psychiatric patients. Adam Rudd said “This new unit dedicated to behavior health treatment, our patients will experience a more efficient and appropriate continuum of care addressing their specific needs throughout their hospital stay.”