Hospital reopens walk-in clinic in Bloomfield
FARMINGTON — The San Juan Health Partners Walk-in Clinic in Bloomfield has reopened after shutting down two years ago, giving residents health care access without having to travel to Farmington or Aztec.
The San Juan Regional Medical Center has been working on reopening the clinic, which opened on Aug. 29, for the last four to five months, according to Chief Nursing Officer Suzanne Smith.
The clinic was closed in June 2014 as the hospital was dealing with a $10 million funding deficit, according to The Daily Times archives. Hospital officials at the time said they were dealing with a loss of state funding, and the clinic was operating at an annual loss of nearly $370,000.
Former hospital CEO Rick Wallace told The Daily Times the hospital had to figure out how to provide access for and care to the citizens of Bloomfield in a more economical way. The hospital consolidated the Bloomfield clinic into the Aztec location.
It was the number of Bloomfield patients visiting the hospital’s urgent care office in Farmington that prompted the reopening of the Bloomfield clinic, Smith said.
“It’s a service that Bloomfield wants, and it’s important we respond to that,” Smith said.
A staff of three people, including a nurse practitioner, will treat minor illnesses and injuries, including cold and flu symptoms, sore throats, minor cuts and earaches, according to a hospital press release.
Patients have been visiting the clinic at a steady pace since it reopened, Smith said.
One of the reasons the clinic was closed two years ago was a drop in the number of new patients and patient visits, The Daily Times reported.
Smith said the hospital anticipates a continued need in Bloomfield for the clinic and believes the clinic will remain open for the foreseeable future.
“(Bloomfield residents) really missed the presence of that type of facility in their community,” Smith said.
Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.
What: San Juan Health Partners Walk-in Clinic
Where: 100 N. Church St. in Bloomfield
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays
For more information: Call 505-609-6675