University Medical Center, Las Vegas, has been placed under county control as it grapples with a potential $40 million deficit. Clark County commissioners said they have launched a review into the public hospital's operations and may halt a $100 million expansion project under way at the 504-bed facility. The review is expected to involve three outside consultants, the county's Internal Audit Department and a citizens committee. The medical center has suffered financially due to a jump in the number of uninsured it has treated during the past year, officials said. It reported a net loss of $18 million for the fiscal year ended June 30 and expects to lose $17 million to $24 million this fiscal year. County commissioners said they will allocate a one-time $20 million subsidy to cover losses from last year while seeking ways to cover ongoing losses of about $2 million a month. In July the medical center was forced to close its Level I trauma center, the only one in Nevada, after 58 orthopedic surgeons walked off the job complaining about liability. The physicians later returned to work under a temporary deal with the state. -- by Laura B. Benko
County takes over Las Vegas medical center
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