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UNM Hospitals to build new North Valley clinic

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unmhUNM Hospitals said Wednesday it will break ground next week for a new $5 million outpatient clinic that will help meet growing demand for medical services in Albuquerque’s North Valley.

The North Valley Center for Family and Community Health, 3401 Fourth Street NW, is expected to open next spring and will house a wide range of health care services, including primary care, pediatric care and women’s health services, according to a new release.

Gov. Susana Martinez and Bernalillo County Commission Chairwoman Debbie O’Malley are expected to join hospital administrators, health care providers and community partners at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, beginning at 1 p.m.

The clinic will be one of the UNM Health System’s biggest, featuring 22 exam rooms, a radiology suite, pharmacy and laboratory. The center will also provide health education classes, behavioral health counseling and aid for patients who need home care, hospice, transportation and financial aid counseling.

“We know that medical needs in this area are high,” added Kori Beech, interim administrator for ambulatory services at UNM Hospitals. “We want it to be a positive presence in the neighborhood and a positive experience for patients, and we are glad we have the community’s support for this.”

The center will be constructed on the former site of Larry’s Drive-In, a popular eatery that operated from 1962-2003. Pictures and d├ęcor in the new building will pay homage to that history.

Up to 20 providers will practice at the clinic, and UNM estimates that it will serve 1,500-1,800 patients per month as all offerings come on line. By consolidating services, the center can better coordinate patient care, Beech said.

Building construction will cost an estimated $4.9 million. Project architects are FBT Architects and the general contractor is Richardson and Richardson Construction. Both are Albuquerque-based firms with a long history in the community.

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