Sandoval Mill Levy Passage Will Allow Sandoval Regional Medical Center to Expand Critically Needed Services
More than 60 percent of Sandoval County voters turned out in support of an increase in their mill levy tax in order to fund more emergency and mental health services at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC).
“We are humbled and grateful to the many people who supported the passage of these funds for SRMC,” said Jamie Silva-Steele, RN, BSN, MBA, SRMC’s president and chief executive officer.
“We spoke to dozens organizations and groups in the months leading up to the election,” Silva-Steele said. “Everywhere we visited, we were greeted with thoughtful questions and discussions about the health care needs in this county.”
Passage of the mill levy means the hospital will be able to add Level III trauma services, as well as expand behavioral health services. .
“We know these are services Sandoval County residents want and need,” Silva-Steele said.
The hospital, which sits on the north end of Rio Rancho with direct access to U.S. 550, is the closest medical destination to a large area of Sandoval County. Some patients travel 150 miles for care, according to Silva-Steele.
To obtain a Level III trauma designation, the hospital will expand surgical services and other hospital resources to be able to properly care for a patient within 30 minutes of their arrival to the emergency department, she said.
SRMC will also be increasing its behavioral health services. The hospital had to close its inpatient behavioral health unit in 2017. Mill levy funds will now allow SRMC to add outpatient services and increase behavioral health providers in the emergency department, as well as add crisis intervention teams to work alongside law enforcement and first responders, according to Silva-Steele.
“With the voting results in, we are grateful that voters have chosen to entrust us with adding these critical services at SRMC. We promise to be good stewards of the funding we will receive,” Silva-Steele said. “It is a privilege to work toward meeting the unique health care needs of people within Sandoval County.”