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Inside look at VA Hospital in NLV on 5-year anniversary

As the valley celebrates Veterans Day weekend, the VA Hospital in North Las Vegas is marking its own milestone.

The hospital has been open for five years and has experienced a rapid increase in demand as more and more veterans seek care at the hospital.

"I can make it here in about 12 minutes," said Bill Kane, veteran. "Easier, a lot quicker for me, you bet."

Kane is one of nearly 62,000 veterans to visit the North Las Vegas VA Hospital, thus far this year.

"I tell ya, it's very important because I've been with the VA about 14 years now, with this heart condition, so it's a must," Kane said.

8 News NOW spoke with Kane briefly after he had a stent put in near his heart. It was conducted through his wrist. It's a specialized procedure that is one of the highlights of the cardiac department at the VA Hospital.

"So basically, it's a catheter that has a metal scaffold at the end," said Dr. Tillmann Cyrus, Chief of Cardiology.

Patrick Walker, 8 News NOW Reporter: "You could probably work anywhere, why the VA? Why do you want to be here?"
Dr. Cyrus: "(laughs) It's a little bit this here (points to badge), I'm a veteran myself."

Cardiology is perhaps one of the most high-profile departments in the massive hospital that covers 1.2 million square feet.

There are other equally-critical services at the hospital that many don't think about related when it comes to veterans. For example, there is a complete women's health department.

Dr. Charu Gupta: "Breathe out."
Patient: "When will my test results be ready?"
Dr. Gupta: "Your test results will be ready within three days."

Dr. Gupta, a urogynecologist, says her 10,000 square foot facility treated several thousand women veterans just in the last year.

"It's kind of a one-stop shop for women veterans, anybody who has any issue can come here, and we can take care of all the issues," said Dr. Gupta.

The hospital also touts its comprehensive pain management wing of the hospital.

There are nearly 158,000 veterans living in the three southern Nevada counties.

Most of the patients at the VA Hospital come from the Las Vegas valley, although some come from bordering counties in Arizona, Utah and California.