SANTA FE, N.M. – When Presbyterian Healthcare Services celebrated the groundbreaking of a new medical center in Santa Fe on October 20, community members had a chance for a close look, using virtual reality viewers for a “tour” of the center.
Scheduled to open in 2018, the new 305,000-square-foot medical center will be built on approximately 40 acres in the Las Soleras development near Cerrillos Road and I-25 in Santa Fe. The medical center represents a $135 million investment and is designed to provide more choice and greater access to care for residents of Santa Fe County.
At the event, Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales spoke about the impact of the medical center on the City Different.
“From day one, we’ve been focused on creating jobs that diversify our economy and increasing the quality and number of our healthcare options,” said Mayor Gonzales. “Today’s groundbreaking on Presbyterian’s $135 million facility on the South Side helps us meet both of those goals. Nearly 300 new jobs, not even counting construction, and an additional high-quality option for healthcare for Santa Fe is a win-win on two of our top priorities.”
The medical center will initially include 30 adult inpatient beds and a six-bed birthing unit, as well as 24/7 emergency care, urgent care, behavioral health, and lab and imaging services, including CT and MRI. Additional services will focus on outpatient and short-stay surgeries, including orthopedic, general and podiatric surgery. Physical, occupational and speech therapies will be available for hospitalized patients and on an outpatient basis.
“Breaking ground on our new medical center is Santa Fe is a major milestone for Presbyterian,” said Dale Maxwell, Interim President and CEO, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “The medical center is being designed to meet the needs of today’s patients—we know that they want care that is convenient, coordinated and less costly.”
The architectural firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini is designing the medical center and Jaynes Corp. will lead construction. The design will include a hiking and biking trail and landscaped area. A cafeteria, gift shop, chapel and community meeting spaces will also be available.
About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state’s largest private employer with approximately 11,000 employees.