NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Local and national dignitaries truned out for the dedication of a $600 million Veterans Affairs medical center in North Las Vegas.

The campus will make life easier for the 46,000 people in the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. Currently, they have to get their care from a far-flung network of clinics and hospitals in Nevada and Southern California.

The new site on North Pecos Road includes 90 inpatient beds, a 120-bed nursing home and an outpatient care center. It also includes units for specialty care, surgery, mental health, rehabilitation, and geriatrics.

It’s the first VA hospital in southern Nevada and the first VA hospital to open in the country since 1995.

Officials say the hospital will start taking its first patients Aug. 14.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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