Skip to Content


Presbyterian Rust Medical Center Adds 24 Beds

Release Date:

July 2, 2012

RIO RANCHO, NM – Today, Presbyterian Rust Medical Center (RMC) opened the fifth floor, which includes an additional 24 beds, to meet the increased demand it has been experiencing.

Since opening in October 2011, RMC has seen volumes steadily increase in both the hospital and in the Physician Office Building (POB). To date, more than 600 babies have been delivered, 16,000 people have visited the emergency department, 3,300 patients have been discharged, 2,500 surgeries have been performed and the POB is seeing an average of 250 patients per day.

Due to this increase in demand, RMC has decided to open the fifth floor in order to create more capacity. This expansion will increase the total number of beds from 68 to 92, expanding both women’s services and progressive care.

There will now be 54 progressive care beds, which are all acuity adaptable, meaning they can accommodate patients ranging from intermediate level and telemetry, to general medical and general surgical care. Two more birthing suites and nine more post-partum rooms are being added for a total of six birthing suites and 18 post-partum rooms.

“We are very excited to be opening the fifth floor so soon,” said Angela Ward, RN, director of patient care services at RMC. “The expansion of our services reflects the needs of the Sandoval County residents and we are pleased to be able meet their needs.” 

Presbyterian Rust Medical Center is Rio Rancho’s first full-service hospital and New Mexico’s first 21st century hospital, and is part of the Presbyterian Healthcare Services family. Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan, and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,000 respected employees and growing. 

Press Contact:

Niki Allcorn
Communications Specialist
  • Dedicated Community Leadership

    We are accountable to our board of community leaders who dedicate their time, expertise, and energy to improving the health of patients, members, and our communities. Meet these remarkable leaders.

    Learn More.
  • Legacy of Caring

    We are committed to caring for our community -- and have been for more than 100 years. Learn more about Presbyterian’s first one hundred years of caring for the people of New Mexico, and where we are headed today.

    Learn More.
  • Together for Health

    Presbyterian Healthcare Services envisions a healthy New Mexico. Learn more about the priority health issues facing each of our communities identified in our most recent Community Health Assessment.

    Learn More.