Doña Ana County

COUNTY RECEIVES FUNDING TO EXPAND PSYCHIATRIC CARE

COUNTY RECEIVES FUNDING TO EXPAND PSYCHIATRIC CARE

     Memorial Medical Center, on behalf of the county’s psychiatric residency steering committee, will receive a $373,230 grant to establish a new residency program in psychiatry, within two years that addresses the critical need for psychiatric medical services in Doña Ana County and southern New Mexico.

     “This is a unique and leading-edge public and private agency collaboration,” said Jamie Michael, director of Health and Human Services in Doña Ana County. “The resulting programs and additional healthcare professionals will significantly improve access to services and health outcomes for everyone in our community.”

     The Center applied for funding under the New Mexico Health Services Department’s Graduate Medical Education Expansion Grant Program, on behalf of a committee established by the Doña Ana County Commission.  The committee includes La Clinica de Familia Health Center, Mesilla Valley Hospital, University of New Mexico, the City of Las Cruces, and other local stakeholders.

     Among the first steps the committee will take, following receipt of the funding, is an assessment of its capabilities to act as the sponsoring institution and host the psychiatric residency program in Doña Ana County. The committee will also design the program and develop a proforma budget.

     The program’s overall goal, once established is to add three residents per year, for a total of 12 new positions in southern New Mexico.

     For more information and daily updates, please visit www.donaanacounty.org.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Luce Rubio at (575) 386-4348.

 

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