Dayton hospital receives OK from state

Carson-Tahoe Hospital received approval from the state to construct a $14 million acute-care hospital in Dayton, which officials laud as an important step for a growing community.

The state granted the hospital its certificate of need after a public hearing. A certificate of need is required by Nevada statute for any medical facility costing more than $2 million.

The hospital decided to pursue an acute-care hospital in Dayton after undergoing a comprehensive planning process, which identified the future health-care needs for the growing Lyon County population, according to the hospital. It will open in fall 2006.

The new two-story hospital will be attached to Carson-Tahoe's Dayton Professional Building on the corner of Fortune Drive and Highway 50. The 15-bed Carson Tahoe Dayton Hospital will have 24-hour emergency imaging services on the first floor and inpatient acute care on the second floor.

"We have a long history of health-care commitment to the residents of Dayton," said hospital Chief Executive Officer Ed Epperson. "Carson-Tahoe Hospital provided the first physician to Dayton in 1995. It's a thriving area and Carson-Tahoe is dedicated to reaching out to our surrounding communities to bring them more accessible and convenient healthcare."

Nurse Cory Jo Allen, project administrator for the Dayton hospital, said it's wonderful to see this goal becoming a reality.

Construction on a 27,000-square-foot critical-access hospital and ER is expected to start this month. The Dayton hospital, being built by Carson-Tahoe Hospital, will offer walk-in patient emergency services, X-rays, ultrasound, mammography and CAT scans. Neither surgeries nor baby deliveries will be performed there. The professional building already provides dental, gastrointestinal and gynecological services.

n Contact reporter Becky Bosshart at or 881-1212.


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