Lovelace Offers UNMH Bedsharing Program, UNMH Expresses Concerns

Lovelace Health System is offering to share beds with patients from the University of New Mexico Hospital to ease possible overcrowding.

In a letter sent last week to UNM Hospital, Lovelace president and CEO Ron Stern proposed a bedsharing deal that would involve transferring patients to Lovelace when the hospital becomes overcrowded.

A spokesperson for UNM Hospital tells KOB that while they are looking at the letter, they have serious concerns about the wellbeing of patients.

UNMH’s Billy Sparks says that, under hospital rules, a patient cannot be transferred based on what company insures them.

A transfer, he said, is based on a patient’s condition and what medical care they need.
UNM has recently said it has saved $146 million to build a new hospital to ease overcrowding.

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