Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Consultant Outlines Need for Hospital.

Byline: Arley Sanchez Journal Staff Writer

Building a hospital is key to reversing the critical shortage of doctors in Valencia County, a consultant told the County Commission this week.

Dale Olson, who owns Sandia Consulting of Albuquerque, concluded in a recent study there is a need for a full-service hospital with about 49 beds and a 24-hour emergency room. He presented his findings to the commission Tuesday.

"There are significant disparities in terms of physician distribution in this state," Olson told commissioners.

He cited Chaves County, which has more than 100 primary care physicians with a population of about 68,000. Valencia County, on the other hand, has just 14 physicians to serve almost 70,000 people, he noted. …

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