N.M. EMS Staff Moves into New $2.8M Building
Jan. 02—With the holidays behind them, the staff of Lincoln County's Emergency Medical Services, will complete the move into their new building on El Paso Road.
Trying to move in during the Christmas and New Year's holidays with thousands of tourists in town didn't seem like a sensible plan, the administrator of the Lincoln County Medical Center told county commissioners at their meeting late last month. Commissioners had asked for an update on the project that was begun mid-year and completed in December.
Bringing the new 9,000-square-foot Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services building in at $2.5 million "was a real challenge," Brad Treseder of Jaynes Corporation told commissioners.
County Manager Nita Taylor said Tuesday the project construction came in at about $2.5 million, fighting escalating prices across the nation after several hurricanes. With architectural and design costs, the price topped out at $2.8 million, she said.
A certificate of occupancy was issued Dec. 14, and the commission conducted an open house to show off the new quarters that are part of a $38 million hospital replacement project. The county owns the hospital in Ruidoso, but it is managed and leased by Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
"It was a real challenge, because the dollars available in 2012 were not the same value as today and we had issues trying to get the project in at budget," Treseder said. "We were a little over," but working with the architect and staff, some items could be eliminated or substituted.
The project saw about $15,000 in change orders, which is under 1 percent, "pretty outstanding in the industry in my experience," he said.
The project engineer was onsite day training staff on the maintenance of the building, the day of the meeting.
Hospital Administrator Todd Oberheu said the staff would delay moving into the new building until after the holidays, which is a heavy tourist visitation time and busy for paramedics and emergency medical technicians.
"Jaynes was a great partner," he said. "When we were onsite, they pointed out things they thought we needed to be aware of. We're pleased to have the building up and going."
Lincoln County EMS has a team of 19 full-time paramedics, emergency medical technician intermediates and EMTs. Lincoln County EMS operates 12 ambulance units spread throughout 5,000 miles in Lincoln County, including six units in Ruidoso, two units in Carrizozo, two units in Capitan, one unit in Corona and one unit in Hondo. Eighteen volunteers supplement the emergency medical effort throughout Corona, Carrizozo, Capitan and Hondo.