LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – As Las Vegas continues to grow, our military is helping meet the demand for medical aid in our rapidly growing community.
Nellis Air Force Base just completed the expansion of the Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center and is open to all intensive care patients, even those outside the military.
The expansion of the Military Medical Center is now complete, and as the population of the Las Vegas Valley continues to grow, civilians can be treated here.
“It’s an underserved area, the northeast,” said Jeremy Kilburn, a pulmonary intensive care doctor stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. âThere are no real hospital assets here. And so the Air Force looked at that and said, “How do we align our mission with that of Las Vegas?” “
This $ 50 million expansion is the only Air Force medical treatment facility serving civilian EMS patients as part of its medical readiness mission, which is to create combat-ready medics by serving the community. .
âWe’ll see how it goes from there,â he said. âWith the people of Las Vegas, you never know. But our commitment is rock solid. This is a partnership with which the DOD, DHA and the Air Force will continue to develop. “
If you consolidate all the beds in its intensive care unit, multiservice unit and emergency room, the MOMMC has 64 beds. And the plan is to increase that number to 120 over the next three years.
“We look forward to accepting more civilian trauma patients as we continue with the trauma designation over the next few months,” Kilburn said. “And then, as we look to expand our stroke capabilities, our heart attack capabilities, we’re really looking to grow so that we can fill that niche in the northeastern part of Las Vegas.”
It is important to note that the only way for civilians to use this emergency room is to be brought in by an ambulance.