Expansion plans at UNMH put on hold

Posted at: 05/02/2013 12:42 PM | Updated at: 05/02/2013 12:43 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The University of New Mexico Hospital is backing off a long-planned $146 million expansion for now.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the proposed 96-bed hospital was meant to help with overcrowding at the state's only level 1 trauma center, but has been delayed by the New Mexico Board of Finance. The panel has said it needs more information before it can move forward.

Hospital CEO Steve McKernan says the administration is taking a step back so it can wait until the federal government approves the state's Medicaid program.

President Bob Frank says the hospital is also waiting to see how their new facility in Rio Rancho does after a couple of months with a low occupancy rate.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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