Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Doctor Shortage Targeted.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: The Associated Press

Las Cruces Needs 50 More, Official Says

LAS CRUCES At least 50 more doctors are needed to adequately serve the Las Cruces area's health-care needs, an official from Triad Hospitals Inc. said.

Triad plans to build a hospital in Las Cruces.

If 50 or 60 new doctors "across all specialties" can be attracted to Las Cruces within the next five years, "the community would be well served," said John L. Hummer, chief executive officer for the new hospital.

Hummer said he plans to recruit 10 new doctors to the area by next summer.

He hopes to get specialists in internal medicine, general, orthopedic and vascular surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, cardiology and pediatrics. …

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