SANTA FE — The first stand-alone emergency room in northern New Mexico will open this fall in Santa Fe.
Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center broke ground last week on an expansion at its current Entrada Contenta Health Center, an urgent care facility off Cerrillos Road on the city’s south side. The existing facility will be connected to a 6,000-square-foot, 24/7 emergency care center.
The urgent care branch, which opened in 2015, will also expand its imaging technology. It currently has X-ray services, and the expansion will add CT scanning and ultrasound capabilities.
Christus St. Vincent describes the new center as the first free-standing emergency department in the area. Hospital spokesperson Arturo Delgado said it mirrors what exists at the main hospital’s emergency room, but on a smaller scale.
For severe trauma cases or when the patient requires surgery, Delgado and Christas St. Vincent chief operating officer Lillian Montoya said patients can receive preliminary treatment at the new facility and then be taken to the hospital.