Hospital opens new building

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Socorro General Hospital has moved many of the services surrounding it into a new building designed to provide a better, more comfortable environment to patients and caregivers.

Elva K. Österreich/El Defensor Chieftain: Geraldine Maldonado and Denise Frame are on hand in the scheduling office at the new clinic building next to Socorro General Hospital. All appointments are scheduled through the office freeing up the reception desk workers to help patients as they enter the facility.

The building now houses the hospital’s family practice, general surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynocology clinics, and provides outpatient services for the Tricore lab for testing said Lynn Major Socorro General Medical Group interim practice administrator.

Half the clinics moved to the new building on Aug. 15, and the other half went the following week. More than 100 people a day visit the building for the various clinics.

“On behalf of the Socorro General Hospital Community Board of Trustees, we are extremely excited to let the community know that the medical office building is now open and fully operational,” said Bo Beames, administrator for SGH.

Beames said the nearly 23,000-square-foot building took just about a year to complete for a total cost of approximately $6 million.

“This medical office building offers comprehensive primary and specialty care with the convenience of a centralized, efficient clinic,” Major said.

The facility includes 39 exam rooms and six procedure rooms designed in three “pods” for efficient patient and staff work flows.

“We can take care of you here,” Major said.

The building has enough space to accommodate 13 providers, Major said. Currently there are 10 providers on hand at the facility.

“Each provider has their own offices and each provider has three exam rooms,” she said. In addition each pod has two procedure rooms for the providers to use for patients.

Major is especially proud of the pediatric area where the exam tables are children’s size and a special room is designed for perinatology where providers come down from Albuquerque to address special pregnancy needs.

The patient rooms in each pod tend to be centralized around each nurse’s station. There are outpatient laboratory draw stations, an outdoor garden area and two waiting rooms; one for well patients and one for sick patients.

The facility also utilizes skylights for natural lighting, which increases the building’s energy efficiency.

The building was designed by Kevin Georges Associates and the contractor was Enterprise Builders, both from Albuquerque.

“This facility expands the amount of access Socorro city and county residents have to both primary and specialty care,” Beames said. “That is important as we improve the health of everyone we serve.”

The new medical office building has an official opening event scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10.

The community is invited to this grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony

The Presbyterian Medical Group at Socorro General Hospital is located at 1202 D U.S. Highway 60 W in Socorro adjacent to the hospital.

If you go
What: Grand opening ceremony for Presbyterian Medical Group at Socorro General Hospital
When: Thursday, Oct. 10, at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Presbyterian Medical Group at Socorro General Hospital, 1202 D U.S. Highway 60 W in Socorro adjacent to the hospital