The hospital, founded in 1972, established Southern Nevada's first air ambulance service, Flight for Life, which was owned by Metro Aviation, in 1980. On December 4, 2001, Valley Hospital ended its contract with Metro Aviation, shutting down the Flight for Life air ambulance service, and retiring the helipad. Valley Hospital completed a new helipad next to the emergency department with a grassy area in 2007.
Valley’s Emergency Critical Care Center increased the number of beds from 28 to 42 on March 11, 2004. This project was completed when 11 urgent care beds were added to the center in June.
From 1980 to 2001, the helipad was located on top of the hospital, adjacent to the lobby. After "Flight for Life" was sold to "Mercy Air Services" in 2001, the hospital created a landing zone just south of the emergency entrance in a dirt lot for Mercy Air's bigger helicopters. In 2007 the hospital refurbished an old parking lot into a grassy area, complete with a new helipad right in front of the emergency entrance.