ER at McCarran NW, an extension of Northern Nevada Medical Center, now open

Written by Jamii Uboldi, APR, Director, Marketing & Communications, Northern Nevada Medical Center & Group

View of exterior of ER building, wide angle with blue sky


To meet the needs of the growing community, Northern Nevada Medical Center has opened a freestanding emergency department (FED), or ER, at McCarran NW. Located at 10290 N. McCarran Blvd. in Reno, next to Staples and Discount Tire. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 10,884-square-foot facility will primarily serve walk-in patients and is supported by local EMS provider REMSA.

"Our new facility expands access to care and provides a convenient option when seeking emergency services," says Helen Lidholm, CEO of Northern Nevada Medical Center in Sparks. "The FED will treat the same types of emergencies as a hospital emergency department, and we anticipate low wait times."

The facility is staffed with board-certified physicians and emergency-trained nurses. Additionally, there on-site laboratory services and diagnostic imaging, including CT, X-Ray, and ultrasound, are available.


CT machine room

The new FED is equipped with CT scan equipment


Onsite lab interior

On-site laboratory services are available


What to Expect from the ER at McCarran NW

This FED provides treatment for serious, sometimes life-threatening emergency medical conditions, including abdominal pain, chest pain, respiratory distress, broken bones or dislocated joints, serious infections, injuries, stroke symptoms, and more. Patients of all ages, from infants to seniors, are welcome for treatment. Additionally, a pediatric treatment room helps little ones feel at ease. Critically ill patients also are able to be treated and stabilized, and if hospital admission is warranted, the patient will be transferred to the hospital.


Interior of children's room with lively underwater fish photo mural on entire wall

The pediatric treatment room at the new FED


For patient convenience, current wait times are available by visiting

Short wait times are common, and many times patients are immediately placed in treatment areas.

"This is a unique facility for our community in that it operates within and is held to the same quality standards as our hospital emergency department in Sparks," says Travis Anderson, MD, ER Medical Director at NNMC. "During COVID-19, patients have expressed concern about using health care services. We want patients to know they can continue to safely receive care at either of our ER locations."

COVID-19 protections in place

The same protocols as our hospital in Sparks are in place at the FED. This includes thorough cleaning in between each patient, requiring anyone who enters the building to wear a face covering, screening prior to entering the building, and social distancing in all sitting areas and hallways.


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