RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The field of medical care is changing and Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho will change along with it, said campus administrator Angela Ward, as the center looks to open its new tower in less than 30 days.
Ward spoke of the center’s plans for the foreseeable future at Thursday’s NAIOP Rio Rancho Roundtable meeting at Presbyterian Rust. The meeting’s main topic, “Presbyterian – A Cornerstone to Rio Rancho’s Growth,” featured Ward’s talk about Rust, as well as a general discussion about health-care and Presbyterian’s work in Albuquerque, led by Jim Jeppson, administrator director of real estate for Presbyterian.
When Presbyterian Rust opened in 2011, the medical center was the county’s first full-service hospital. Since then, services at Rust have expanded on a measured and needed basis, Ward said.
“We’ve grown gradually, but quickly, along the lines of trying to save costs and be in alignment with all the things we need to do to remain viable,” Ward said.
The medical center has added several new services in the past fiscal year: a dedicated cardiovascular lab that treats scheduled and emergency patients from Monday to Friday; extended radiology lab service; and a comprehensive women’s ambulatory center, which includes an expanded OB/GYN clinic.
Ward said the first three floors of the new patient tower will be in use when the building opens on Dec. 2. The patient tower will have the capacity to hold 120 beds – 48 of those will be available on Day One. The expansion will include the Ted and Margaret Jorgensen Cancer Center, and will provide medical, radiology, oncology and infusion services. Ward said infusion will not be available until Dec. 15.
Presbyterian Rust has brought a number of jobs to Sandoval County, Ward said, with 856 full-time employees at the center and the new tower estimated to add over 100 new jobs.