The Regents of the University of New Mexico and the leadership of the UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC) and UNM Hospital (UNMH) have added a fourth meeting to their schedule for Public Town Hall meetings to allow for public comment on the 96-bed project awaiting State Board of Finance approval. Meetings will be held on October 2, 3, 4 and now, Monday, October 8. A full schedule is below.

The University of New Mexico leadership strongly supports the building of a new 96-hospital-bed facility to relieve overcrowding and an existing severe shortage of hospital beds at UNMH. Too many patients who need to be admitted have to wait for up to 36 hours for a bed. UNMH needs to be able to better serve its patients and be prepared for any unseen emergencies.

The UNM Regents today in coordination with the UNMH community outreach team announced the schedule for three Public Town Halls to allow for open discussion regarding the addition of 96 beds to UNMH. The schedule is as follows:

October 2,6-7:30 p.m. – Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

2401 12th Street NW, Chaco I and II

October 3, 6-7:30 p.m. – Jewish Community Center

5520 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Auditorium A

October 4, 6-7:30 p.m. – Alamosa Community Center

6900 Gonzales Rd SW, Room A

October 8, 5:30- 7p.m. – South Valley Health Commons

2001 N. Centro Familiar, SW

These Town Halls will allow for additional public input and give our physicians and leaders a chance to interact with the community, respond to questions and educate the public on the ongoing missions and responsibilities of UNM’s Level One Trauma and National Institute of Health Cancer Center designations, UNMH’s Stroke Center and children's services, and New Mexico’s only teaching hospital.