The new UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC) in Rio Rancho, N.M., was the site of a "topping" ceremony on April 21 at the building site near the Rio Rancho City Center. The event commemorated another milestone in the construction of the new 60-bed hospital opening in Summer 2012. At the ceremony, attendees signed their names to a white-painted beam and watched it lifted into place by a crane.

The UNM Sandoval Regional Center (SRMC) is being built in the center of the city of Rio Rancho in Sandoval County near the Rio Rancho City Hall and UNM West. Initially, the 200,000 square foot acute care facility will house 60 medical surgical beds and eight behavioral health beds with a capability to expand to 300 beds as the population of the area grows. In addition, the SRMC will contain a 13-bay state of the art emergency and trauma center.

SRMC will also build a 40,000 square foot medical office building on the site, providing space for administration, clinical teaching and patient support services. Patient support services will include infusion therapy, physical therapy and medical office space for new physicians.

SRMC's vision is to be the healthcare and medical education provider of choice for Sandoval County. The mission of SRMC is to improve the overall health of the community it serves by providing the highest quality healthcare services that meet the needs of Sandoval County's diverse population while promoting medical education through its partnership with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

SRMC will provide the following hospital services:
• Inpatient Medical, surgical and intensive care
• Comprehensive outpatient services such as:
o Radiography (CT Scan, MRI, Ultrasound, etc.)
o Laboratory
o Respiratory Therapy
o Pharmacy
o Physical Therapy
o Occupational Therapy
- Wellness
- Education

The services will focus on:
• Primary Care – Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
• Emergency and Trauma Services
• Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement
• Behavior Health and Medicine
• Medical and Surgical Bariatric Services
• Obesity Management
• Women's Health

Construction of the facility should be complete in early 2012 with occupancy following certification of the facility by the New Mexico Department of Health. Medical and Hospital staff recruitment will begin in early 2012. By 2014, it is estimated that the hospital will be operated by 44 medical staff 445 hospital staff. Operation of the $93 million facility will be, in part, supported by Sandoval County taxpayers through a property tax mil levy that voters approved in 2008.