A $3 million Recovery loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has funded the construction of a new medical center for the town of Pecos in north-central New Mexico.
The planned 15,000-square-foot Pecos Valley Medical Center will replace a much smaller facility currently in use. The existing building suffers from structural defects and has struggled to keep pace with an increasing number of patients among the 8,200 residents in the area.
Site plan for the new Pecos Valley Medical Center.
Project officials estimate the new facility will provide service to 5,500 to 6,000 patients or approximately more than 16,000 annual visits – up from current capacity for only 3,400 patients with 12,000 annual visits.
Construction is proceeding in two phases:
- I – A new building with 10 exam rooms, two treatment bays, space for coordinating care for diabetes and behavioral health, a main lobby, and a parking lot.
- II – An adjoining building for radiology and a pharmacy along with additional parking.
The Recovery-financed USDA Rural Development Community Facilities loan, to be repaid over 40 years, will underwrite Phase I only. Pecos officials are still trying to raise the $4 million that Phase II is expected to cost. TA Cole and Sons of Albuquerque is the general contractor selected for Phase I, which is expected to be completed in spring 2013.
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