Lovelace Fights UNM Proposal For New Hospital

Feb 27, 2013

The operator of a downtown Albuquerque hospital says the University of New Mexico shouldn't build a new university hospital.

Lovelace Health System says its downtown Lovelace Medical Center can take patients when University Medical Center's own beds are full.

Lovelace says a bed-sharing agreement would make that possible.

A university official tells the Albuquerque Journal that there's been no discussions with Lovelace and that the proposed agreement would violate federal rules.

The university is proposing to build a new $146 million hospital but has yet to win approval from the state Board of Finance.

The UNM hospital is the state's only Level 1 trauma center.

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