Santa Fe surgery center to close next month

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Facing a decline in surgeries, a Santa Fe medical facility is closing its doors next month.

The New Mexican reports ( ) 30 employees will lose their jobs at Physicians Plaza Surgery Center when it closes its same-day operating room Feb. 28.

Facility administrators say physicians handled 7,900 procedures in 2006. Last year, there were only 5,800 procedures.

David Delgado, president of SVH Support, the nonprofit which owns the building, said he is hoping staff can find positions at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

Arturo Delgado, a spokesman for Christus St. Vincent, says the hospital is prepared to handle increased patient volume.

David Delgado says at least 40 percent of the surgery center is owned by a partnership of Santa Fe physicians. He says the surgical business will be liquidated.


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