Emergency micro-hospital in county | Columns

This is the final column of three from the Medical Care Advocates of Valencia County about the 2006 mill levy money and the hospital that has not been built. We want to start with thanking the Valencia County News-Bulletin for giving us this space to discuss this issue.

For this last column, we are presenting our last educational piece on micro-hospitals and how they fit into this project and are sharing the recommendation of the MCAVC which we have presented to the Valencia County Commission.

The primary goal for the MCAVC is to get a 24-hour emergency hospital in Valencia County. To this end, we have concentrated on gathering critical information on current health care deficiencies and statistics from the New Mexico Department of Health and other sources to demonstrate where this need exists.

So, a second piece to our goal has been education for both the commissioners and the public. Probably the most important piece of our goal has been to join with the community to push the commission to get this whole project re-started and it feels like that process has started.

Micro-hospital types: There are two types of micro-hospitals — a “satellite” of an existing hospital system, and a “standalone” self-contained independent hospital typically operated by an out-of-state company. We have compiled some high-level pros and cons of each type.

“Satellite” of a hospital in Albuquerque

1. A larger “economy of scale” (efficiency gains and lower cost of goods and services from partnering with a larger organization) benefit from parent hospital in Albuquerque:

a. Local management that understands New Mexico culture, issues, etc.

b. Ease of maintaining an active dialog with local hospital management.

c. Our micro-hospital will need several resupply and support services that can be more efficiently provided remotely from the parent…

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