LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Mason Van Houweling, CEO of University Medical Center was pleased to see how fast things are coming along as its revitalize project to improve hospital surroundings has taken shape.

“This is one of the largest projects we’ve undertaken on our exterior and when we look at our revitalize project, it’s touching every side on every part of our campus on our 26 acres of land,” Mason Van Houweling, CEO of University Medical Center told 8 News Now.

From the façade on every building to new signage and landscaping to upgraded parking with better access for visitors, Van Houweling said they are already halfway complete in development.

“Our trauma building is pretty much done on the outside and we are creating healing gardens with the lighting infrastructure put in place,” he added.

Construction initially began on the north side of campus last April and now the main focus this year is along Charleston Boulevard, where their seven-story tower lies. This is all in addition to a new hospital entrance being built off of Shadow Lane.

Those in the community welcome the change, many not realizing that the hospital has been around for more than 90 years.

“I knew it was one of the bigger and older hospitals in the valley, but I didn’t know it was that old,” Local Las Vegas resident, Kent Owens said.  

“Anything that helps the patients and the people is a good thing,” he added.  

Others who have had their own personal experience at UMC feel like the hospital has done a good job at upkeeping it all these years too.

“It doesn’t look all run down and low budget and with the upgrades it makes you feel like you are going to a better place,” Las Vegas resident, Jeannetta Dudley added.  

The CEO shared that they’ve been able to stay on budget for this project of 55 million dollars and it’s expected to be completed by summer of next year.

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