New Presbyterian hospital spurs competition in Santa Fe
September 17, 2018 10:16 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M - The healthcare landscape in Northern New Mexico is about to get a major overhaul.
In two weeks, Presbyterian will open a brand new hospital in Santa Fe, marking the first medical center to open in the area in 30 years.
“Santa Fe is getting too big — we need more hospitals here,” said resident Cliff Herrera.
The Presbyterian hospital is a $145 million investment that not only adds new hospital beds in Northern New Mexico but also adds new competition.
Dueling billboards at one intersection in Santa Fe sets the stage. On one side, Presbyterian advertises something new in Santa Fe: choice. On the other side, St. Vincent’s promotes a new free-standing emergency room, slated to open later this month — the latest in recent renovations to the longstanding hospital.
For some New Mexicans, having health care options is key to improving the quality of care and quality of life.
“It benefits a lot of people who have the Presbyterian health supplement — supplemental insurance — so then they are able to go here instead of driving all the way to Albuquerque," said resident Marianna Versteeg.
For some residents like Elizabeth Gordon— who ruptured her appendix a few years back — the prospect of a new hospital right off I-25 is a welcome one.
“I had an acute appendicitis and I was rushed to the hospital by my husband... and if there was a hospital that was right there I
would have been so happy,” said Gordon.
The Presbyterian Hospital in Santa Fe is scheduled to officially open October 1.
Updated: September 17, 2018 10:16 PM
Created: September 17, 2018 08:42 PM
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