Hospital Project Will Provide More Efficient Healthcare 

Currently, construction of a new patient tower at the Española Presbyterian Hospital, which will add 34 new patient rooms, is relying on voters to continue providing a portion of the funding crucial to the project. Come November, citizens will be able to vote on the mill levy, which allows for a percentage of property tax and oil and gas tax to fund the project. “Without Rio Arriba County assisting in getting the mill levy passed, we would not be able to do any of this,” said Ray Chavez, the project Board President.

“This funding is very important to the healthcare provided to Northern New Mexico citizens,” said Christine Montaño, Rio Arriba County Finance Director. “Our hopes are that voters will continue to support this project as it brings in state-of-the-art technology, which will benefit everyone locally, especially those in critical need.”

According to an article published in an April 2011 issue of Taos News, emergency, radiology, surgery and post-surgery services will all be provided under one roof of the new tower. This will be a much more convenient way to service patients than the current layout, which requires them to access several parts of the hospital in order to obtain what they need. Patients can also enjoy a much larger room, which was designed with a patient-and-family-centered approach. Along with convenience, updated technology and family-centered rooms, patients will also have large windows, which will provide natural lighting and views of the beautiful Española Valley. The floor plans are also designed to provide easier accessibility to nurses between stations, which directly benefit patient care in an efficient and timely manner.  The article states that the effort behind the project stems from the angst to radically improve costumer service. 

“As long as our citizens vote for this mill levy, they will continue to benefit their community,” said Montaño. “I know without their support, great community improvements like this would not be possible.”

-Erika Martinez, Decemeber 2011