The Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC) will open its doors Monday, July 16 at 9 a.m. for patient care. The $189 million, 72-bed hospital will not only bring greater access to health care to the people of Sandoval County, but will provide a major boost to the local and state economy.

"This is a great day. We are not only celebrating an achievement for the Health Sciences Center and the University of New Mexico but a victory for the people of Sandoval County and Rio Rancho. I want to personally thank all our partners, the UNM Regents, the People of Sandoval County, the Sandoval County Commissioners, Rio Rancho Mayor Tom Swisstack, our faculty, staff and friends who made this possible,” said UNM Health Sciences Center Chancellor Paul Roth. “SRMC is the first community-based teaching hospital in the state of New Mexico and this opening catapults Sandoval County to the forefront of American health care.”

“This is a hospital that would not have been built without support and encouragement of the citizens of Sandoval county,” said Kevin Rogols, SRMC President and Chief Executive Officer.

On Monday at 9 a.m., the hospital will open with all clinical services available as well as a full Emergency/Trauma room. The hospital will also offer:

Surgery - 2 to 3 operating rooms based upon need

Inpatient care - 12 beds based upon need

Intensive Care Unit - 2-4 beds based on need

Imaging/Radiology - all services

Laboratory - all services

Physical Therapy - all services

Senior Behavioral Health - 2 beds

Clinics - all services

Within a month of opening the SRMC will employ 361 people at an average wage of over $75,000.00 per year for a first year payroll of more than $40-million. These are skilled, high wage jobs, which will last for generations, said Rogols.

Throughout construction, the hospital kept as much labor and material dollars in-state as possible. Some 96.5 percent of material and construction labor costs were from New Mexico.

“Let's celebrate this achievement and not overlook the importance of the health care industry to our economy and our health,” said Rogols.

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Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322