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Causes: General Hospitals, Health

Mission: To be the organization where patients choose to come, physicians want to practice, and people want to work.

Programs: Otero county hospital association d/b/a gerald champion regional medical center (gcrmc) provides comprehensive healthcare services through its 99-bed hospital, outpatient ambulatory care facilities, and a multi-specialty physician group. Gcrmc accounts for more than 80% of hospital admissions in its otero county primary service area. The gcrmc's primary markets are the cities of alamogordo and tularosa with secondary markets expanding to more remote areas of otero county, lincoln county, chavez county and beyond. The original facility opened in august 1949 and the current medical center is a state of the art, acute care facility that opened in december 1999. The original hospital opened in 1949 with 26 beds. Today gcrmc is proud to be a 99-bed acute care facility accredited by dnv, including two distinct pps units: life transitions (12 beds starting july 1, 2010, with 5 additional beds added april 2014 total 17 beds) and inpatient rehabilitation (12 beds starting july 1, 2011). Gcrmc shares a unique relationship with holloman air force base as the first hospital in the united states where active duty military physicians practice in a civilian hospital. This special arrangement allows one facility to meet the combined community and military needs, while serving as a model for the department of defense in conserving resources. The delivery mechanisms of care at the hospital include both inpatient and outpatient services: acute care inpatient through medical/surgical, telemetry, maternal child and 12-bed intensive care units; surgery department supported by pre-admit, outpatient care unit and post-anesthesia care unit; outpatient surgery center; provider-based physician practices in the areas of family practice, women's services including obstetrics, medical and radiation oncology, medical cardiology, gastroenterology and endocrinology, internal medicine, orthopedics and general surgery; inpatient and outpatient gero-psych services; inpatient rehabilitation services, including physical and occupational rehab services; inpatient and outpatient cap certified laboratory services with the capability to perform over 225 different profiles and tests in-house; inpatient and outpatient diagnostic imaging services, including x-ray, 128-slice ct scan, mri, ultrasound, interventional radiology, radiofrequency ablation and nuclear medicine; inpatient and outpatient comprehensive cardiopulmonary services including behavior sleep medicine, holter monitoring, event monitoring and impedance cardiography. Additionally, efforts continued during fy14 to refine the contracts and plans for a joint venture with sierra providence health network to start up a cathlab as the foundation for a new interventional cardiology service line in fy15. By the end of 2014, gcrmc employed approximately 600 people. In addition to those employees, gcmrc contracts for services in various departments such as food services, environmental services, pharmacy, anesthesia, emergency services and hospitalist program. The medical staff of gcrmc has 208 medical members consisting of 90 active members of whom 35 are employed providers. Gcrmc continues to seek opportunities to expand services and improve quality, with the philosophy of not limiting its potential by the designation of "rural hospital," but rather identifying its scope of service based on community needs as a regional medical center. Management is considering the expansion of the inpatient gero-psych service line with additional beds. Continued progress and expansion has enhanced gcrmc's commitment to strive for outstanding service and quality; acknowledging that its future is not in its buildings or technology, but rather its people. To this end we support the people of otero county and outlying service areas with our services and our financial contributions. Gcrmc has, since its inception in 1949, provided quality medical healthcare regardless of race, creed, sex, national origin, handicap, age, or ability to pay. Although reimbursement for services rendered is critical to the operations and stability of gcrmc, it is recognized that not all individuals possess the ability to purchase essential medical services and, further, that our mission is to serve the community with respect to providing healthcare services and healthcare education. Therefore, in keeping the gcrmc's commitment to serve our community, we provide: free care and/or subsidized care - care to persons covered by governmental programs at below cost; and health activities and programs to support the community will be considered where the need and/or an individual's inability to pay coexist. Gcrmc maintains records to identify and monitor the level of charity care it provides. These records include the amount of charges foregone for services and supplies furnished under its charity care policy.

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