LUBBOCK, TX-Thursday Covenant Health announced plans to construct a smart-sized
hospital in Hobbs, New Mexico.
The roughly 105,000 square foot hospital will have about 32 inpatient beds
and will house an Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Operating
Room, and Labor & Delivery Center, amongst other specialties. It will
also include a Community Center where community health education classes
and events can be held.
The Economic Development Corporation of Lea County calls the addition “instrumental
in the continued growth and vitality of the Hobbs community.” Covenant
Health is making a $75 million investment into the community by building
a hospital that will not only bring new jobs to Hobbs, but will provide
convenient access to health care to people who would otherwise have to
travel for care.
“In order to build a healthy community, the community has to have
access to care,” Covenant Health CEO Richard Parks said. “We
understand the burden placed on patients who need or choose to travel
hours back and forth to Lubbock for their care. We want and need to make
health care easier and more convenient for this community. With this new
hospital we are meeting our patients’ needs closer to home.”
“I think what’s really important is to recognize that our vision
is to enhance lives,” Nor-Lea Hospital District CEO Administrator
David Shaw said. “Part of that responsibility is collaborating with
others in and outside our community to meet the needs of our residents.
Sometimes, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Nor-Lea is the one
to meet those needs. There are some services that we can’t provide,
because we are a critical access hospital. Covenant can help fit that
bill and why not invite them in, collaborate with them and both be successful
and grow the healthcare system in Lea County.”
The Covenant Health Foundation, along with Nor-Lea Hospital District, is
also currently providing $25,000 in scholarships to students at New Mexico
Junior College. The hope is that students will complete their education
locally and find work at the new hospital. More scholarships will be offered
in the future for nursing and other allied health positions.
We would like to thank the Covenant Health Foundation, Maddox Foundation,
Economic Development Corporation of Lea County, Permian Strategic Partnership,
Mayor Sam Cobb, and city and county officials for their support.
“The Permian Basin is growing faster than ever before requiring many
more local resources,” Bob Reid, Maddox Foundation CEO said. “We
are excited about expanding local access to health care services for our
About Covenant Health:
Covenant Health has served for over 100 years as the only faith-based,
clinically integrated health network in the West Texas, eastern New Mexico region
providing a Christian healing ministry. Covenant’s network includes
seven hospitals, more than 1,000 licensed beds, more than 6,000 caregivers,
nearly 100 primary care providers, and a medical staff of more than 600
physicians at its cornerstone facilities. To learn more about Covenant
Health, please visit
covenanthealth.org or our