Barton Health has begun its expansion project into the former Lakeside Inn and Casino property in Stateline. Barton purchased the building on the Nevada side of Tahoe’s South Shore for $13.3 million in May 2021, not long after the property closed permanently at the onset of government-mandated casino closures in March due to the pandemic. Firefighters are conducting training in the building, which hospital officials expect to fully demolish next year. “Barton’s expansion of health services at Stateline, Nevada, is currently in the planning phase,” said Mindi Befu, public information officer for Barton Health. “Originally slated for this year, demolition of the aging Lakeside Inn property and environmental remediation of the site has begun and will continue into 2022.”
With its main hospital based in South Lake Tahoe on the California side of the lake, Barton Health also operates an urgent care across U.S. Highway 50 in Nevada adjacent from the former casino near Kingsbury Grade. The hospital said in a previous statement it purchased the property to “further its long-term goals of expanding access to medical care and widening an integrated, bi-state health system presence in the region.” Starting in 2022, Barton will begin gathering input from the community and stakeholders to understand the evolving health needs, Befu said last week. “Utilizing this information and other market analysis, a strategic business plan and facility plan will be developed in 2022-23 with the goal of improving access and offering additional health and wellness services to meet the needs of both California and Nevada residents and visitors,” she said.