The JF Maddox Foundation awarded a grant to Covenant Health System for $6.3 million to help fund the construction of a new hospital in Hobbs, NM. The Covenant Health System is a subsidiary of Providence, one of the largest nonprofit healthcare systems in the country.  The facility is expected to break ground in early 2021.

Covenant Health, which already partners with Nor-Lea Hospital, announced plans to move to Lea County earlier this year.  The organization will purchase Lea Regional Medical Center in January 2021 and will then begin providing care and bringing practitioners to the community.

The new facility was originally planned to be a 32-bed hospital located in north Hobbs.  Those plans are expected to change because the acquisition of Lea Regional Medical Center creates more of a demand on Covenant’s services.  The clinical services in the new facility will include general medicine, general surgery, OBGYN, women’s health, general cardiology, general orthopedics and behavioral health.  Also included will be labor and delivery rooms as well as an ICU unit.

Healthcare is critical when it comes to quality of life in Lea County.  As it currently stands, about 50% of medical services for Lea County residents are pursued outside of the county.  Covenant’s new facility will change that.  More services will be rendered here, more practitioners will be employed here, and more lives will be changed here.  Please join us in welcoming Covenant Health to Lea County, a place we are proud to call home.