IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Governor Sisolak announces commitment of legislative bill for creation of Las Vegas Academic Medical District

LAS VEGAS, NV – October 06, 2022

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak pledged to use one of his bills in the upcoming legislative session to create the Las Vegas Academic Medical District, helping further advance medical care options for Nevadans. The Governor made the announcement on Wednesday evening while attending the Nevada Health and Bioscience Corporation’s grand opening of the Kirk Kerkorian Medical Education Building in Las Vegas.

“No Nevadan should have to travel out of state for life-saving health care – and with the creation of the Las Vegas Academic Medical District, we will be able to offer education for specialized services, develop centers for research and overall create a more comprehensive medical system in Nevada,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “Not only will an academic medical district improve patient outcomes, which is our top priority, but it will have a significant impact on our economic development and lead to new, high-paying jobs for our residents.”

The Academic Medical District will be focused on improving medical care throughout the State with a focus on healthcare, academics, innovation and community.

“The Kirk Kerkorian Medical Education Building was a long-needed development for this community. It was initiated by private funds through NHBC, processed through city planning with county land and supplemented by funds from the state” said Maureen Schafer, CEO of the Nevada Health and Bioscience Corporation. “For the state to now create a special regional tax district, we are thankful to see another future-forward step to encourage more partnerships, and more innovative projects just like ours."

"This is such an amazing time to be in Nevada - because of the work of Governor Sisolak and the Nevada State Legislature, we are going to see the beginnings of a comprehensive healthcare system in Nevada. The initial investment in the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, an ambulatory care center and a public health lab managed by University Medical Center within the Las Vegas Academic Medical District, leveraged with funding from our philanthropic leaders, marks the beginning of academic healthcare, research, and an economy to support all Nevadans,” said City of Las Vegas Councilman Brian Knudsen.

"Academic medicine is a core growth area for UNLV, and there may be no greater way we can serve our community than by building programs, driving innovation, and forming public and private partnerships that advance the health and wellness of our residents,” said UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield. “We’ve made tremendous advances throughout our health sciences disciplines, and a Las Vegas Academic Medical District will help UNLV contribute to improving the physical and mental health of Southern Nevada through partnerships that bring even more capacity to serve our community.”

Attached to this press release is more information on the benefits of an academic medical district.

Photos from the announcement are here.



Meghin Delaney
Communications Director