Editor’s Note: See today’s special Cibola General Hospital section for the “rest of the story.”
GRANTS – “We are lucky to have this,” said Ida Chavez.
Many of the more than 100 residents who participated in the “Grand Opening” seemed to share that sentiment.
Chavez’ experiences as a Cibola General Hospital Board of Trustees’ member and past board president were the basis of her comment.
“I’m so pleased that this facility is now a reality,” she added.
Community members literally lined up for the new Cibola Family Health Center tours on Wednesday afternoon.
One resident noted, “I’ve watched this process from the beginning. This place is a real community asset.”
“I came to see where my doctor’s new offices are going to be,” explained one woman.
The event stretched beyond the two hours that organizers had advertised.
“The first people were at the door a little after 3:30 p.m.,” recalled Marcie Chavez, CGH resource development and community relations.
Six NMSU-Grants’ students, wearing their nursing program T-shirts, were some of the first arrivals. The young women are all completing their senior year at NMSU-Grants.
A Continental Divide Electric Cooperative representative spent several minutes visiting with Derrick Underhill, KDSK radio station owner. The area’s radio station carried a live broadcast during the afternoon.
Numerous area officials made a point of getting a peek at the latest addition to the county’s medical facilities. Grants/Milan Rotary, Grants MainStreet Project, Village of Milan, past CGH board members, Grants/Cibola County Chamber of Commerce representatives and other civic groups along with people of all ages came to see what the $6.2 million project looked like.
Most seemed very pleased with the results. The origins date back to 2008, according to the CGH community relations’ staff.
Each participant received a gift bag that featured recipes that promoted healthy dietary choices, complimentary ink pen, medical ID kit, Band-Aid dispenser, and information on participating in the Community Health Needs’ Assessment along with an invitation to purchase tickets for the Oct. 6 “An Evening of Denim and Diamonds” CGH banquet, which will honor five inductees into the “Hall of Fame.”
Residents of all ages joined in the 15-minute tours. They were rewarded with refreshments that included lemonade, water and “excellent cookies,” according to one man.
The clinic, which will house five doctors and medical staff, is located at 1423 Roosevelt Ave., Grants. The facility is one block east of the hospital.
Call 287-6500 for more information.