On Thursday, Covenant Health announced plans to construct a smart-sized hospital in Hobbs, New Mexico.
The roughly 105,000 square foot hospital will have about 32 inpatient beds and will house an Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Operating Room, and Labor & Delivery Center, amongst other specialties. It will also include a Community Center where community health education classes and events can be held.
The Economic Development Corporation of Lea County calls the addition “instrumental in the continued growth and vitality of the Hobbs community.” Covenant Health is making a $75 million investment into the community by building a hospital that will not only bring new jobs to Hobbs, but will provide convenient access to health care to people who would otherwise have to travel for care.
“In order to build a healthy community, the community has to have access to care,” Covenant Health CEO Richard Parks said. “We understand the burden placed on patients who need or choose to travel hours back and forth to Lubbock for their care. We want and need to make health care easier and more convenient for this community. With this new hospital we are meeting our patients’ needs closer to home.”
“I think what’s really important is to recognize that our vision is to enhance lives,” Nor-Lea Hospital District CEO Administrator David Shaw said. “Part of that responsibility is collaborating with others in and outside our community to meet the needs of our residents. Sometimes, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Nor-Lea is the one to meet those needs. There are some services that we can’t provide, because we are a critical access hospital. Covenant can help fit that bill and why not invite them in, collaborate with them and both be successful and grow the healthcare system in Lea County.”
The Covenant Health Foundation, along with Nor-Lea Hospital District, is also currently providing $25,000 in scholarships to students at New Mexico Junior College. The hope is that students will complete their education locally and find work at the new hospital. More scholarships will be offered in the future for nursing and other allied health positions.
We would like to thank the Covenant Health Foundation, Maddox Foundation, Economic Development Corporation of Lea County, Permian Strategic Partnership, Mayor Sam Cobb, and city and county officials for their support.
“The Permian Basin is growing faster than ever before requiring many more local resources,” Bob Reid, Maddox Foundation CEO said. “We are excited about expanding local access to health care services for our community.”