- Associated Press - Saturday, December 13, 2014

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - Presbyterian Medical Services is looking to expand in a booming southeastern New Mexico oil town.

Officials say its health center is planning to expand in Hobbs from three examination rooms to nine, the Hobbs News-Sun reports (https://goo.gl/I47MTU ). The proposed expansion is planned to sit on the west side of the current health center.

President and CEO of Presbyterian Medical Services, Steve Hansen says the Hobbs health center has outgrown the current location.

Hansen said there is currently a two-week waiting period to get in. The additional space would allow them to cut the wait time so the public can get medical assistance faster.

Hansen said the current provider annually sees around 4,000 patient visits a year. He hopes they can bump that number up to more than 6,000.

“We haven’t made our final selection of our contractor,” said Hansen. “Hopefully, we will know in the next few days.”

According to the posting on a New Mexico Bid Network, the developer will be in charge of design and building.

Presbyterian Medical Services Southern Region Director Rex Wilson said the cost of the project is unknown. Once the decision is made on who the developer will be plans will be drawn and costs will be determined.

Despite a recent drop in oil prices, Hobbs has seen massive growth thanks to oil and gas revenues.

The facility that would be expanded is a family practice, primary care facility. According to its website, everyone is eligible to receive medical services there.


Information from: Hobbs News-Sun, https://www.hobbsnews.com

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