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Property purchase raises speculation about possible expansion for Summerlin hospital

Is Summerlin Hospital Medical Center plotting another expansion?

Its owners recently bought 7 acres of undeveloped land across the street from the Las Vegas facility, property records show.

The $4.5 million purchase, from developer Howard Hughes Corp., closed last month.

If executives are tossing around ideas for the land on Banburry Cross Drive, they’re staying mum. There are no definitive plans at this time for the site, hospital spokeswoman Gretchen Papez said.

The hospital, owned by Pennsylvania’s Universal Health Services, a national for-profit hospital chain, opened in the late 1990s. In 2007, a year or so before Las Vegas’ booming economy imploded, it unveiled plans for a $100 million expansion.

The project was completed in 2009 and included a six-story patient tower, a larger emergency department, a four-story medical office building and a three-story parking garage.