Residents of Fort Bayard Medical Center Start Moving into their New Home
By Chris J. Minnick
(Las Cruces) – Starting this week residents of Fort Bayard Medical Center will start moving into their new home, a $48 million state-of-the-art building that is one of the best equipped facilities in the state for providing long-term care to New Mexicans. Fort Bayard Medical Center is a New Mexico Department of Health facility in Grant County that provides long-term care services for more than 130 people from across New Mexico.
The new facility will help the Department of Health improve the quality of care for residents. The new building includes more secure outdoor areas with native landscaping, an expanded boutique and salon with massage services, improved dining areas, an outpatient veteran’s clinic, outpatient therapy services, X-ray rooms, a dental clinic, a computer lab and training rooms. All of the resident rooms in the new Fort Bayard Medical Center have a private bathroom.
“Our residents and staff have waited a long time for this day, and they are excited to move into the new facility,” said Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil, MD. “Our first priority with all our facilities is resident care, and the new Fort Bayard is well equipped to provide the best care possible for our residents. The new layout of the new building will make it easier for staff to navigate the facility, which will improve how services are provided.”
The building is one level which will make it safer for residents to get around the building and easier for staff to provide care. The old Fort Bayard Medical Center was a three-story building. The new Fort Bayard Medical center will also allow the Department of Health to double the number of beds to 40 for veterans, who will have their own unit in the new building. The new Fort Bayard Medical Center also has dedicated space to care for residents with Alzheimer’s.
On October 19 Governor Bill Richardson, Dr. Vigil and several State officials held a ribbon cutting for the new facility. Patricia Maxwell, a resident of Fort Bayard Medical Center for more than 40 years, helped Governor Richardson and Dr. Vigil cut the ribbon at the ceremony. More than 150 people attended the ribbon cutting and celebrated the opening of the facility in Grant County.
“I want to thank all of Grant County for their continued commitment to the residents and staff of Fort Bayard, because their dedication made this new building a reality,” Dr. Vigil said.
The new building was paid for with revenue bonds issued by Grant County in 2006. Grant County also provided the 90 acres of land where the new Fort Bayard Medical Center is located.
The new Fort Bayard Medical Center will help New Mexico meet its goals to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly in the construction of new state buildings. The building has been designed to be a green building following Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design regulations for new construction. Construction of the new building started in 2008.
To view a slideshow of the ribbon cutting ceremony, visit the Department of Health’s Facebook page. To watch the video of the ribbon cutting, visit the Department’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/nmhealth.
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