New Mexico's Southwest CARE Center Announces Acquisition of Women’s Health Services of Santa Fe

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Southwest CARE Center, a model of excellence in treating HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C for the past 17 years, has announced its merger with Women's Health Services. Care for patients will continue at West Alameda location without interruption

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“We believe consolidation of the two agencies ensures that the communities we serve have continued access to the high-quality care historically provided by both organizations," Jeff Thomas, CEO.

Southwest CARE Center, a model of excellence in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C for the past 17 years, announces the merger of Women’s Health Services of Santa Fe into the Southwest CARE Center organizational structure. For the past 39 years, Women’s Health Services has been providing health care to thousands of women, men and children in Northern New Mexico and will continue to do so via this new partnership under the direction of Southwest CARE Center Chief Medical Officer Trevor Hawkins.

Hawkins founded Southwest CARE Center in 1996 to treat HIV/AIDS patients. In January of 2013, Southwest CARE Center expanded its purview and opened Southwest CARE Center: Family Medicine, a new primary care facility located at 1691 Galisteo St, that is open to new patients, including men, women, children and families. In addition to primary care, the new Family Medicine clinic also focuses on sexual healthcare and travel medicine.

“The leaders of Southwest CARE Center and Women’s Health Services saw an opportunity to build a strong partnership to sustain and enhance access to health care in our communities,” said Jeff Thomas, Southwest CARE Center’s chief executive officer. “We believe consolidation of the two agencies ensures that the communities we serve have continued access to the high-quality care historically provided by both organizations. The partnership has created new opportunities to expand the scope of services we offer,” he added.

Southwest CARE Center: Women’s Health Services and Family Medicine providers include: Julie Craig, MD, Associate Medical Director and Family Practice Physician; Doris Page, MD, Family Practice Physician; Naomi Landau, CFNP; Cristy Wickman, CFNP, and Cecelia de La Vallee, MD, Gynecology. Additional staff include: Carolyn Tjoland, LPCC Behavioral Health; Melissa A. Salas, CDT Bone Densitometry.

“We are thrilled that Women’s Health Services is joining Southwest CARE Center. Our organizations are equally committed to providing excellent health care to the communities we both value so highly,” said Sarah Steadman, vice president of the board for Women’s Health Services. “This merger serves to strengthen and ensure our ability to continue making a positive difference in our patients’ lives,” she added.

Women’s Health Services was founded in 1973 and incorporated in 1974 to improve the status and distribution of adequate health and health-counseling services to families in New Mexico, in order to maintain avenues and forums of communication among, by, and for them on health related issues. This initial mission focused specifically on women’s healthcare and later expanded to care for all.

Today, Women’s Health Services offers primary care services, family planning, annual exams, behavioral health counseling, gynecological care, chronic disease management, and bone density screenings. Women’s Health Services currently provides over 12,000 overall patient visits per year, including 3,100 uninsured visits and 903 behavioral health visits. It has become the largest women-focused primary care practice in Santa Fe.

The mission of Southwest CARE Center is improve the health of people living in the culturally diverse communities of northern New Mexico through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy. Located in Santa Fe, NM, with satellite offices in Espanola and Taos, NM, Southwest CARE Center is funded in part by US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration - HIV/AIDS Bureau, and the New Mexico Department of Health. The staff at SCC is committed to providing the highest quality care. The Southwest CARE Center: Family Medicine, which opened on January 30, 2013, offers expanded access to essential health care in Santa Fe. It is our goal to serve members of our community from all age groups in an open, accepting, and judgment-free environment.

Jennifer Padilla, JLH Media
jpadilla (at) jlhmedia (dot) com

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