Staff hired for Valley acute-care hospital |

Staff hired for Valley acute-care hospital

by Joey Crandall, Staff Writer

As construction crews wrap up some of the final details of the Critical Access Hospital at the Carson Valley Medical Center, staff for the new wing is preparing to open for business.

The medical center has hired more than 25 employees to man the 15-bed acute-care hospital, including about eight nurses and nurses assistants. The new nursing staff has spent the past week getting familiar with the building, learning new computer software and training on IV therapy and EKGs.

All the nurses and nurses assistants hail locally from Minden, Gardnerville and Markleeville.

Construction on the $6 million, 15-bed facility is nearly complete. Inspections are scheduled for mid-January and hospital officials are hoping to open shortly thereafter.

Work on the facility began in February 2003 and will wrap up nearly three months ahead of schedule.

After completion, the facility will stand as one of five other critical access hospitals in Nevada. The purpose is to eliminate trips to Reno or other out of town locations for most medical needs.

“It is such a great change for us to be opening the critical access hospital,” Diana Groendyke, quality coordinator for Barton Memorial Hospital, said. “This is a big step for a growing community.”

Remodeling took place in 11,000 square feet of open storage space on the second floor of the building. Included within the project are semi-private patient rooms, additional administrative and support offices, a board room and a medication distribution station.

The hallways in the center have been widened from six to eight feet to comply with hospital licensing requirements.

The improvements will also allow the hospital to start performing more complicated surgeries because it will be capable of caring for patients for longer periods of time. Patients will now be able to stay for up to 96 hours.

Most orthopedic, pediatric and general surgeries will be provided, although child birth will not be a scheduled procedure.

An open house is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2004, from 5 to 7 p.m. to show off the new wing.

– Joey Crandall can be reached at or at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.