Vision in the Desert

Tuesday 14 Feb 2012

HKS to design, Hammes Company to manage nation's first 'Health Village'

It began as a vision for a new kind of healthcare campus, and tied in perfectly with the need to replace St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ aging Rose de Lima campus currently located in the southeast Las Vegas suburb of Henderson. The planned development called UnionVillage will encompass much more than simply replacing the 64-year-old hospital. UnionVillage has emerged as a visionary plan to create the nation’s first integrated health village.

Preeminent healthcare firms, Hammes Company and HKS, have been engaged to provide project management and design services, respectively. UnionVillage will be a multi-phase, master-planned, mixed-use development anchored by a range of healthcare and senior living facilities.

The project consists of:
• UnionCentre, the centerpiece of the new campus, includes the new 214-bed St. Rose de Lima acute care hospital, a cancer hospital, a long-term acute care and rehabilitation facility, a skilled nursing facility, a proton therapy centre, and a wellness centre, as well as medical office buildings and education and research space
• UnionPlace, a continuing care retirement community for up to 1,500 active seniors, offers amenities including a clubhouse with dining facilities
• UnionPlaza includes 300,000 sq ft of specialty retail space and a mid-range, all-suites hotel and conference center, along with restaurants, a multi-screen theatre, an athletic club, a food court, an inter-generational child development centre and offices
• UnionPark consists of a series of thematic walks and pedestrian pathways and parks that link the village together with a proposed Henderson Space and Science Center, a possible performing arts centre and future commercial development

According to Rex L. Carpenter AIA, LEED AP project designer, HKS is excited about the opportunity to bring its expertise in healthcare, hospitality, residential, retail and entertainment together to truly enhance peoples’ lives. “From day one, the project has focused on building a place where the quality of life is improved through better healthcare in a sustainable community with the latest technology,” explains Carpenter.

“There is truly no place like UnionVillage for those who seek a single, integrated lifestyle community offering a complete continuum of healthcare services - from independent living to assisted living to memory care, along with outpatient medical care, general and specialty hospital services, long-term acute care and skilled nursing,” explains Kevin Kraiss, senior vice president with Hammes Company.

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