July 5, 2007

Contact: Lyn Kehoe (505) 272-9823

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - On June 9 when the first patient was transported from the existing UNM Hospitals facility to the new Barbara & Bill Richardson Pavilion, an arduous construction phase - around 30 months long - came to an end.

With more than 600 workers on site at any time through numerous construction stages, the UNM Hospital pavilion was a project that moved steadily and reached completion in the required time frame.

UNM Hospitals is especially grateful to many trade unions whose members made the construction milestones possible. To recognize their efforts, a reception has been scheduled for July 10 at the new Pavilion. UNM Hospitals staff, patients and visitors will recognize and appreciate the Pavilion for years to come: it is fitting that the hospital should recognize the continued effort of these men and women whose professional contributions turned the expansion dream into a physical reality.

UNM Hospitals thanks the unions and their constituents for helping us moving forward to build a new level of care right here, providing a beautiful and safe facility that will serve New Mexico and the needs of our community now and in the future.