JOINT COUNTY-CITY MEETINGS ON MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER SCHEDULED

JOINT COUNTY-CITY MEETINGS ON MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER SCHEDULED

Two public meetings on the future of Memorial Medical Center will be held Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 in Room 106 of Hardman Hall on the main campus of New Mexico State University. Both meetings will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m., and both will be attended by quorums of the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners and the Las Cruces City Council.

Doña Ana County Commission Chairman Paul B. Curry and Las Cruces Mayor Bill Mattiace will preside over the meetings, which will be used to solicit public input and to hear proposals from five entities wishing to purchase, lease and/or continue to operate Memorial Medical Center as a public hospital in Doña Ana County. Each meeting will feature separate presentations and public input; the Dec. 11 meeting will NOT be a repeat of the Dec. 10 meeting.

To facilitate access to all Doña Ana County residents, both meetings will be simulcast via Internet connections to the following remote locations: Hatch Elementary School, Radium Springs Community Center, Chaparral Elementary, Sunland Park Elementary, Del Cerro Community Center, Las Cruces City Hall Council Chambers and César Chavez Elementary School. Attendees at the satellite locations will be able to listen to the presentations and to see PowerPoint slides by the presenters. Live feeds will allow attendees at the remote locations to ask questions of the presenters via a site moderator.

The remote locations in Hatch, Radium Springs, Chaparral, Del Cerro and Sunland Park will feature simultaneous English-to-Spanish translations via transistor radio and on-site interpreters. Sign language interpretation will be featured at Hardman Hall both nights.

The Office of the President of New Mexico State University provided Hardman Hall to the city and county for the meetings. Hardman Hall Room 106 seats more than 300 people in an auditorium-style environment. Technical support for the remote simulcasts is being coordinated by NMSU Ag Communications, with additional support from the Information Technologies departments of Doña Ana County and the City of Las Cruces. Doña Ana County’s Health and Human Services Department is coordinating translation services.

The City of Las Cruces is coordinating sign-language interpretation services at Hardman Hall.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229 or Las Cruces Public Information Officer Udell Vigil at (505) 541-2200. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call the county’s Public Information Office toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.