ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of New Mexico Hospital invested $5.5 million to open its new Women’s Primary Care clinic at 2130 Eubank Blvd. NE.
“We wanted to consolidate the majority of women’s health services” at one location, said Dr. Eve Espey, chairwoman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology in the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Espey will supervise physicians at the new facility.
Construction involved renovating 24,000 square feet of space at the former Charter Bank building, which the hospital acquired at a below-market price on the condition that it be used for a community-based clinic.
“It’s a beautiful build-out,” said Espey, who will be among several UNM Hospitals and Health Sciences Center representatives co-hosting an open house at the facility south of Menaul Boulevard Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
In addition to renovation costs, the clinic also purchased high-te
ch equipment to handle a wide spectrum of women’s health needs. The new clinic has 31 exam
rooms, six procedure rooms and five suites dedicated to ultrasound testing.
The staff roster of 13 new hires will mean an annual $1 million payroll.
“We have a lot of options for birth, which makes it great for the patients,” said Espey.
For example, midwives can co-manage labor and deliveries with an obstetrician should (any) problems arise.
Low-tech approaches include centering pregnancy, which is group prenatal care, said Espey. “It brings women due at the same time out of exam rooms and into a comfortable group setting,” she said. “We’ve never had a space at any of our other clinics to do this,” she added.
In addition to maternity services, the clinic provides annual preventive health care, pediatrics and care for women with incontinence and pelvic floor support disorders.
Espey first came to New Mexico in 1991 to work at the Gallup Indian Medical Center. Now she works as an educator, administrator and medical provider.
Other Albuquerque hospital systems have clinics and hospitals dedicated to women’s health services, but Espey said UNM’s new facility is tapping into a larger universe of resources.
That includes UNM-affiliated hospitals, clinics, medical school and research know-how. “All of these bring a depth to our bench that encompasses the most complex conditions requiring the most serious care,” said Espey. “Overall, we have a good synergy with other women’s health providers in the area. In many cases, UNM’s medical school and facilities have been their training grounds.”