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New family health center is planned for south side

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This rendering depicts a health center that Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center plans to begin building in March on Santa Fe's south side at Cerrillos Road and Herrera Drive. (Courtesy of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center)

This rendering depicts a health center that Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center plans to begin building in March on Santa Fe’s south side at Cerrillos Road and Herrera Drive. (Courtesy of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center)

Santa Fe’s south side will have a new health center in about a year, right across Herrera Drive from the Wal-Mart Supercenter off Cerrillos Road.

Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center will put up the 15,234-square-foot building, which will consolidate Rodeo Family Medicine and Camino Entrada Pediatrics. Those practices, at 4001 Rodeo Road and 2590 Camino Entrada, currently lease buildings not owned by Christus St. Vincent, said spokesman Arturo Delgado on Wednesday.

Besides bringing together services already offered at those two locations, the new Christus St. Vincent Entrada Contenta Health Center will include new offerings: urgent care, behavioral health and diabetes care, he said. It also will house lab, X-ray and ultrasound services.

“This is a full health center to serve a growing population with limited access to health care in their neighborhoods,” said CEO Bruce Tassin in a news release. “We are bringing health care to the people who need it.”

Delgado noted that the south side of Santa Fe is growing more rapidly than other sectors of the city, with many young families living there. The medical center’s community health assessment revealed that area needed additional health services.

While Presbyterian Healthcare Services has discussed building a hospital or medical offices on Santa Fe’s south side, Delgado said Christus St. Vincent’s decision to put up a new building there is not a reaction to any threatened competition. “This has been planned for a while,” he said.

The $7 million funding for the new center will be provided by SVHsupport, a nonprofit co-owner of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

Delgado said he was not certain if the center would require any new workers to be hired once it is operational. Groundbreaking is planned for March, with completion about a year later.

The hospital also is planning a $24 million expansion of its intensive care unit, but that work is a bit further down the road, Delgado said.

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