New facility may expand Aztec's health care options
FARMINGTON — A new location may allow a health-care facility in Aztec to expand its services.
The Aztec City Commission on Tuesday evening unanimously approved a zoning change and conditional use permit for 221 W. Aztec Blvd. to allow a health-care facility to be built in the vacant lot.
"It's not a hospital, but it serves more than a doctor's office," said Ed Kotyk, Aztec's special projects manager and interim city planner.
Developer Damian Donati, president of Donati Health Partners, told commissioners the new development will house lab and urgent care facilities — Mercy Diagnostic Services, which is part of Mercy Regional Medical Center, and Aztec Urgent Care — that are currently located off of South Main Avenue at 604 S. Rio Grande Ave. Donati's company focuses on developing real estate for medical facilities.
"We are excited about the project," Donati said.
He said the site plans have not yet been developed, but assured commissioners it will be "a very nice facility."
Donati said the new facility will allow for imaging, urgent care, out-patient services and clinical space for rotating specialists.
"This is really moving what's on South Main to a larger building," he said.
While those medical services are currently being offered at the Rio Grande Avenue location, Donati said the new facility will allow for expanded services, including possibly physical therapy.
"There could be other potential medical needs down the road," Donati said.
Nearby Bloomfield also saw its health care options expand earlier this year. In August, San Juan Regional Medical Center reopened the San Juan Health Partners Walk-in Clinic in Bloomfield.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.