SOCORRO, N.M. – Dr. Thomas Betjeman, a new hospitalist and emergency medicine provider at Socorro General Hospital (SGH), brings both international and local experience in rural health care to his Socorro patients.
"Socorro General Hospital is fortunate to have a physician with such diverse expertise who knows New Mexico well and is passionate about improving the health of rural communities." said Veronica Pound, RN, administrator, Socorro General Hospital. "Dr. Betjeman is a wonderful addition to an excellent team."
Betjeman began his new role at SGH in mid-May. Originally from New York, he has lived and worked in Africa, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali after graduating from college, as well as Indonesia, Peru and the Middle East. A nature lover who enjoys hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing, he also plays the cello and loves to learn new languages through immersion.
"I am interested in rural and international medicine and love calling New Mexico my home base," Betjeman said. "Practicing medicine in a small community like Socorro means making a tangible difference for my patients and offers a unique range of opportunities to address patient needs, from emergency care to treatment for chronic conditions."
Betjeman earned his medical degree from the Medical School for International Health in Collaboration with Columbia University in Be'er Sheva, Israel. He recently completed a fellowship in Global Health and Point of Care ultrasound from Contra Costa/UCSF in Martinez, California. He also completed a family and community medicine residency at the University of New Mexico Rural Program in Santa Fe and is board-certified in family medicine.
About Socorro General Hospital
Socorro General Hospital has been owned and managed by Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 1976. Socorro General Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare Services operate a hospital, a primary care and specialty clinic, community-based programs and home healthcare and hospice services in Socorro County. Socorro General Hospital is one of eight hospitals run by Presbyterian, which also has a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group.