Don Laughlin is building a hospital in the town that bears his name, according to a spokesman.
The town’s founder announced his plan at a private meeting Tuesday night, said developer David Lords, Laughlin’s real estate representative, who made the public announcement on his radio show Wednesday afternoon.
“Don said, ‘I have the land and I have the money — a hospital is coming to Laughlin,’ ” Lords told the Daily News. “It’s his top priority.”
The plans are in the very preliminary stages, but Laughlin has already made contact with hospital consultants, doctor and hospital groups, with the ultimate goal of having a level one trauma center, Lords said.
“A level one trauma center would reduce the number of people who have to be flown to Las Vegas for treatment,” Lords said. “Don believes the residents and our winter and millions of other visitors deserve a first-class hospital.”
Lords said Laughlin has been thinking about the project for a long time.
“Don saw a need for an airport and donated the land and $10 million to for a drainage system to keep it from flooding,” Lords said. “He saw a need for a bridge and five years and a lot of bureaucracy later, there’s a bridge. So when Don says he’s going to build a hospital, I believe him.”
Lords made the announcement on his radio show “Lay of the Land,” on KAAA/KZZZ radio. The show focuses on local real estate and business news.