LCSN: Hospitals are a boon to Cruces business

March 1, 2010. Retrieved online: March 1, 2010, from Brook Stockberger, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES — Slightly more than 2,000 people work at the two large acute care hospitals in Las Cruces.

The employees at Memorial Medical Center and MountainView Regional Medical Center, of course, spend money in grocery stores, go to the movies, buy clothes and pay taxes.

The hospitals themselves buy products, hire linen services and, of course, pay taxes.

Doctor’s offices, medical care facilities and even other hospitals are attracted to the two larger facilities and, in turn, employ workers and spend money.

The effect on the Las Cruces business community is obvious.

“The hospitals have a large multiplier effect,” said Jim Peach, who teaches economics at New Mexico State University. “The two hospitals themselves are big businesses.”

Health care itself will play an important role in the future. Those who are looking at career choices in the Las Cruces area might want to check out health care. According to a study by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, between 2008 and 2018, registered nurse is an occupation that is on both the “Fastest Growing Occupation” list and “Occupation With Most Annual Openings.” Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants also made the growing occupation list.

“As we grow and enhance the services we provide, we will continue to recruit new employees and bring more physicians to the community,” MountainView CEO Denten Park said, via an e-mail. We are always looking for highly skilled, compassionate nurses and clinical staff. We are fortunate to have an RN program in our own back yard.”

Paul Herzog, CEO at MMC, said that his hospital just brought on more staff as it opens its new Cardiac Care Unit.

“We have hired 20 new nurses for the CCU and we continue to hire for all areas of the hospital,” Herzog said.

“Most of them are graduates of our local nursing schools,” said Ann DeBooy, chief nursing officer at MMC, of the programs at NMSU and Doña Ana Community College.

Peach pointed out that, next to NMSU and White Sands Missile Range, the hospitals are two of the biggest employers in the county. The amount of health care services in the region will help the area grow.

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