The state Senate confirmed two members appointed to the University of New Mexico Board of Regents in Santa Fe on Monday morning as some lawmakers used the hearing to call for a new University of New Mexico hospital.
Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, shared a letter written by Cheryl L. Willman, director of the UNM Cancer Center, that a paints a picture of a cramped hospital whose emergency room is usually full.
Willman shared a story of how Dillie Martinez, 74, suffered a medical episode in Taos in late 2015 that couldn’t be treated at the local hospital. But UNMH couldn’t immediately admit her and she died while awaiting care in Taos.
“Would Dillie Martinez have survived if she had been transferred to UNMH early in the day, as her physicians in Taos requested?” Willman wrote. “We will never know. She never got the chance.”