September 4, 2009
Cancer Center Shifts
By Diana M. Alba, Las Cruces Sun-News
LAS CRUCES — The UNM Cancer Center plans to scale back involvement in its Las Cruces facility soon, but the change is not expected to impact patient care.
The center is turning over day-to-day management of the 5,300-square-foot facility to Memorial Medical Center, the Las Cruces hospital on whose campus the building is located, said Dr. Cheryl Willman, director and CEO of the UNM center in Albuquerque.
Willman assured that there's no truth to a rumor that the center is pulling out of Las Cruces altogether. She said that the changes are an attempt at greater efficiency and that the goal is to “make the program even more stable in the future.”
Now, Willman said, Memorial Medical Center leases space to the cancer center, and the center handles the operations. But that will shift to a “hybrid model,” likely around mid-September, she said.
“Memorial Medical Center will take over some of the day-to-day operations and do the billing locally, but we're still providing the doctors, we're still providing the nurses, and they're still getting all the connections to UNM Cancer Treatment Center,” she said.
The center currently has five cancer treatment physician positions. Two of the positions are vacant, though candidates are being recruited.
Willman said in a similar move, the cancer center in July shifted management of its Santa Fe clinic to a hospital in that city.