At NHBC, it’s our purpose to shape the future of Nevada and to develop our diverse state. Nevada was in need of a medical landscape boost for generations to come, so NHBC empowered that progression. Thanks to dedicated board members, gracious donors, and members of the community, we’ve been able to bring a longtime, statewide aspiration to fruition.
The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV
Providing a stable learning environment for current and future medical students has been a top priority for us. So, we turned our goals for Nevada’s future into a reality by providing UNLV with its very own medical education facility, which is now open as the Kirk Kerkorian Medical Education Building. Carefully crafted by TSK Architects, the new building – which is the first-ever to bear the Southern Nevada business trailblazer and philanthropist’s name – allows the medical program to double in class size; ranging from 120 students to 180 in the future. With the intention of future growth, the Nevada medical field includes the following:
- Simulation sites
- Administration offices
- Learning Resource Center
- Clinical skills and Anatomy training
- Physiology labs
To Empower Medical Learning in Nevada
The driving force behind this accomplishment was to provide future healthcare workers with a learning environment that helped them feel inspired and valued within our community. With the building’s adaptable design, classes are able to expand in size, which leads to more physician training and a more desirable destination. By supplying the Medical Education Building and expanding class sizes, we will generate more medical careers based in Las Vegas, while simultaneously helping our community’s economy. Entering the project, a Brookings Mountain West / Tripp Umbach study found that a new medical school in Las Vegas would equate to people being less likely to leave for medical care and there would be an infusion of $1.2 billion per year locally after its first 15 years.
Groundbreaking - October 2020
Direction & Cooperation
Thanks to Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and $25 million funded by the state of Nevada, we were able to get our ideas off the ground, engage in necessary conversations, and create building blocks of medical education for years to come. To bring our vision to life, we needed financial and strategic support from Nevada leaders in the philanthropic space such as the Engelstad Foundation, Lincy Foundation, and other devoted donors, including a private donation from Bank of America. Maureen Schafer, Andrew Artusa, Marianne Boyd Johnson, Nicholas J. Santoro, Lindy Schumacher, MaryKaye Cashman and Kris Engelstad were all vital in empowering this project and, ultimately, Nevada as a whole. In October 2020, the project broke ground and two years later, officially opened its doors, now serving as Southern Nevada’s premier medical education building for generations to come.
Can UNLV’s long-awaited $125 million medical school building solve Nevada’s physician shortage? — Nevada Independent
After years of fits and starts, three university presidents, two medical school deans, two governors and one pandemic, last Wednesday marked the end of a long and tortured road — the red ribbon was cut, and the Kirk Kerkorian Medical Education Building at UNLV was finally complete.
Grand Opening of the Kirk Kerkorian Medical Education Building at UNLV — Vegas Business Digest
Last night, the Kirk Kerkorian Medical Education Building at UNLV held its grand opening ceremony in the Las Vegas Medical District. Designed by TSK Architects, this building is approximately 130,000 gross square feet and is designed to accommodate a class size of 120 students. The facility includes training spaces for clinical skills, simulation and anatomy classrooms for various sizes and a learning resources center. CO Architects is the medical education program planner and interior design architect. MJ Dean Construction is the general contractor.
NHBC Celebrates Grand Opening of Kirk Kerkorian Medical Education Building — Las Vegas HEALS
A community aspiration for generations has become a reality with today’s grand opening of the Kirk Kerkorian Medical Education Building. The official grand opening was marked by a ceremony at the state-of-the art, 135,000 square foot facility, attended by the private donors that drove critical funding and those involved with implementation of the project, UNLV leadership, special guests, and public officials.