RIO RANCHO — The recently opened UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center in Rio Rancho has received its first installment of property tax money from Sandoval County.
County Commission Chairman Darryl Madalena presented hospital CEO Kevin Rogols with a check for $13.7 million at the commission meeting the first week of this month.
Administrators of Presbyterian’s Rust Medical Center at Unser and Black Arroyo, which opened in October 2011, received a check for the same amount last November.
Sandoval County voters approved the property tax levy of $4.25 per $1,000 of taxable value in November 2008 to provide revenue for health services contracts with UNM SRMC and Rust Medical Center. Both hospitals had to be open and seeing patients before they could receive any property tax funds.
The tax was first applied to bills in 2009 and has so far raised about $41 million. There is a balance of about $13.5 million in the fund after the initial distributions to the two hospitals, said county spokesman Sidney Hill.
He said Presbyterian will receive additional payments later this year. The UNM hospital will start receiving additional payments in 2013.
The 72-bed Sandoval Regional Medical Center located just east of City Hall opened its emergency department and some other limited services on July 16. It became fully open last month after receiving federal accreditation for Medicare and Medicaid services on Aug. 17.
On Sept. 3, the hospital’s emergency department saw its 1,000th patient, Rogols told commissioners.
As of last week, Sandoval Regional Medical Center had 272 staff. Of those, 56 percent were residents of Sandoval County when they were hired and 25 percent were from Bernalillo County. The rest were residents of other counties or states.
Any employees who received relocation assistance from the hospital were required to live in Sandoval County, Rogols said.
The hospital also serves as a teaching facility. Rogols said they are launching educational programs for orthopedic residents and for fellowships in urogynecology and gastroenterology.