Seven New Mexico small rural hospitals have joined together to form the New Mexico Rural Hospital Network and have received a federal planning
grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help with the initiative.
The grant was awarded through a highly competitive process to only 15 groups in the country.
The Network hospitals will work together to improve rural health care through sharing resources, best practices, and joint advocacy. The Network will also work with other rural hospital networks around the
country for information sharing and technical assistance.
Michael Carter, CEO of Miner’s Colfax Medical Center and President of the group stated, “Rural hospitals can really help each other by sharing information and
working together to improve health care in rural New Mexico. By working cooperatively and leveraging resources we can strengthen all of our rural hospitals and improve the health in the communities we serve.”
The participating hospitals are Guadalupe County Hospital in Santa Rosa,
Miner’s Colfax Medical Center in Raton, Nor-Lea General Hospital in Lovington, Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, Roswell Regional Hospital in Roswell, Sierra Vista Hospital in Truth or Consequences, and Union County General Hospital in Clayton.
All are small rural hospitals with under 50 beds.
The Network is planning projects in a number of areas, including financial benchmarking and efficiencies, quality improvement, sharing of best practices through video conferencing, group purchasing, provider recruitment, and advocacy.
New Mexico’s rural hospitals face many challenges as they serve remote rural areas with high rates of individuals without insurance and shortages of health care providers. By joining together, the hospitals will work together on rural challenges and will be a unified voice for rural health care issues.