Española Hospital New Patient Tower Gets a Grand Response  

On September 27, Presbyterian Española Hospital Administrator Brenda Romero welcomed hundreds of guests who attended the grand opening of the new $24 million patient tower. The packed event featured booths, which showcased several health services, as well as students from Española Valley High ROTC, who led the National Anthem, and cheerleaders from Mountain View Elementary, who performed a flash mob dance for guests. Guest speakers included Rio Arriba County Commission Chair Barney Trujillo, City of Española Mayor Alice Lucero, Hospital Board Chair Ray Chavez, CEO of Presbyterian Hospital Services Jim Hinton and Presbyterian Española Hospital Medical Director Dr. Fernando Bayardo.

As speakers expressed their excitement, which was no doubt met by the same excitement of the crowd, they also praised all entities involved in getting this tower built. The new tower is partly funded by the existing hospital mill levy, which in 2011 generated $2,457,271. Annually, the RAC Commission approves the hospital expenditures, which are presented beforehand by the hospital for capital projects, building maintenance and equipment purchases. The mill levy also provides financial assistance to the County’s indigent fund, its’ three primary care providers, area drug treatment programs and ambulance service.

“Residents and businesses in Rio Arriba County support a healthcare mill levy. That mill levy funds how and where care is delivered throughout the county,” said Commissioner Barney Trujillo. “Modern facilities and equipment at Espanola Hospital exist today because of the healthcare mill levy.  Mill levy funds are used to purchase new ambulances for Espaola Valley EMS.  Rural health clinics in Tierra Amarilla, El Rito, Chama, Espaola, Coyote, Truchas and Embudo receive vital funding to care for our family members, friends and neighbors.”

The new tower houses 34 larger rooms, which are designed with a patient-and-family-centered approach. Each room offers large windows, which will provide natural lighting and views of the beautiful Española Valley. The floor plans are designed for easier accessibility to nurses between stations, which directly benefit patient care in an efficient and timely manner.  Convenience is presented even more so in the new tower, now that emergency, radiology, surgery and post-surgery services will all be provided under one roof.

“As our County healthcare needs have grown over time, so has the hospital and the services it provides,” said Commissioner Trujillo. “I’m am very happy to see our community gain something so beneficial and helpful; our citizens deserve the best.”

-Erika L. Martinez