FARMINGTON, N.M. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) congratulated the Farmington community on the completion of their new Community Health Center. The facility was completed with a $5 million Affordable Care Act grant made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The new, state-of-the-art facility is among the nation's largest funded under the Affordable Care Act.
"Improving access to affordable, quality health care is important to all New Mexicans, and I am pleased with the completion of this new Community Health Center in Farmington," said Sen. Heinrich. "This new facility will increase access to care for many San Juan County residents, provide greater options for patients, and reduce wait times in area emergency rooms."
The 30,000 square-foot campus-like facility, managed by Presbyterian Medical Services, is more than double the size of the previous clinic. The new facility offers 36 exam rooms, a pharmacy, lab, and expanded dental and behavioral health services. Presbyterian Medical Services estimates 40,000 San Juan County residents are now eligible for Medicaid, many due to expanded benefits provided under the Affordable Care Act.
Local leaders welcomed the new Community Health Center at a ribbon cutting ceremony last week.
"It's already proved to be a successful recruiting tool. The new Community Health Center along with National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program has allowed us to fill gaps in specialized care," said Presbyterian Medical Services Northwest Region Director Michael Renaud. "We're extremely grateful to Senator Heinrich and the New Mexico Congressional Delegation for their support. I'd also like to thank Farmington's business community. This was a public, private venture, and without their support, this state of the art facility would not be possible."
Presbyterian Medical Services, which is not part of Presbyterian Hospital or Presbyterian Health Plans, operates 45 clinics statewide. The nonprofit also provides care to adults and children with disabilities, hospice and home health care along with a youth residential treatment program.