RIO RANCHO, NM – Today, Presbyterian Rust Medical Center
(RMC) opened the fifth floor, which includes an additional 24 beds, to meet the
increased demand it has been experiencing.
Since opening in October 2011, RMC has seen volumes steadily
increase in both the hospital and in the Physician Office Building (POB). To
date, more than 600 babies have been delivered, 16,000 people have visited the
emergency department, 3,300 patients have been discharged, 2,500 surgeries have
been performed and the POB is seeing an average of 250 patients per day.
Due to this increase in demand, RMC has decided to open the
fifth floor in order to create more capacity. This expansion will increase the
total number of beds from 68 to 92, expanding both women’s services and
There will now be 54 progressive care beds, which are all
acuity adaptable, meaning they can accommodate patients ranging from
intermediate level and telemetry, to general medical and general surgical care.
Two more birthing suites and nine more post-partum rooms are being added for a
total of six birthing suites and 18 post-partum rooms.
“We are very excited to be opening the fifth floor so soon,”
said Angela Ward, RN, director of patient care services at RMC. “The expansion
of our services reflects the needs of the Sandoval County residents and we are
pleased to be able meet their needs.”
Rust Medical Center is Rio Rancho’s first full-service hospital and New
Mexico’s first 21st century hospital, and is part of the Presbyterian
Healthcare Services family. Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve
the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was
founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit
healthcare system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health
plan, and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second
largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,000 respected employees