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First News Winter 2008

Miners' Colfax Medical Center Prepares for Future


Donald R. Holl, CEO

     Miners' Colfax Medical Center (MCMC) has provided residents of Colfax County and the surrounding area with quality healthcare for over 100 years. From the first brick that was laid to the construction of the new state-of-the-art medical center, MCMC has proven its determination and dedication. The original hospital was built in 1905, seven years before the territory became a state. With the encouragement of Mrs. Van Houten, wife of the President of the St. Louis Rocky Mountain Railway and Pacific Coal Company, the Maxwell Land Grant Company deeded approximately ten acres of land in Raton to the territory of New Mexico. New Mexico statute states that, "Miners' Hospital of New Mexico is intended for the free treatment and care of resident miners of the state of New Mexico who may become sick or injured in the line of their occupation..."

   For over 100 years, the Miners' Colfax Medical Center has had a mission to be a medical leader by providing quality healthcare and related services to the beneficiaries of the Miners' Trust and the people of the region. Today, MCMC plans to continue the vision of its founders by offering both a long-term care facility for miners with occupational related illnesses and injuries, and a new acute care facility, which officially opened on November 30, 2007. The new facility is a totally code compliant, state-of-the-art medical complex providing emergency services, intensive care, obstetrical services and medical/surgical care.  At a cost of approximately $24,000,000, the new 76,000 square foot medical center was designed by the Hartman & Majewski Design Group of Albuquerque, and built under the direction of Robins & Morton, Construction Managers of Brentwood, Tennessee using 22 prime contractors.  
     With a staff of over 240 dedicated healthcare workers, MCMC prides itself on delivering quality care with a personal touch. The new acute care complex, dedicated to the MCMC employees, was built with a majority of private rooms to help improve patient care with special attention placed on patient flow and enhancing patient privacy while in the hospital. Additionally, a substantial area was dedicated to enhance emergency services with a separate entrance and waiting room where patients can be assessed by a specially trained nursing staff. Finally, care was taken when designing the building to be able to grow and change along with the healthcare needs of the community.  As their motto states, a "History of Caring... Future of Promise."

Miners' Colfax Medical Center
203 Hospital Drive
Raton, NM 87740
(575) 445-3661


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