LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces has its first new general hospital in 17 years, and it aims to serve a geographically and economically disadvantaged area of the city.
The brand-new Three Crosses Regional Hospital, on Samaritan Drive off North Main Street, opened its doors to the public Wednesday. The facility is a full-service acute care hospital and boasts 36 patient beds, four surgical suites, 10 intensive care unit beds, 10 post-op and 10 pre-op beds and a 10-bed emergency room.
A medical office building still under construction will include ambulatory services, such as outpatient surgery, and physician offices. The hospital could employ more than 200 people.
Administrator and Chief Clinical Officer Cindy Slaydon said the hospital is a $120 million undertaking. She said people interested in working at the hospital began reaching out before the opening was publicized and said the hospital has received inquiries from more than 1,000 people locally and in other states.
The main hospital includes diagnostic imaging services, labs and an Interventional Cardiology and Heart Program. Pediatrics and obstetrics are two services that are not offered at Three Crosses, but the hospital said it will be able to transfer patients to local providers if needed.