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Presbyterian Media Statement 08.18.15

August 18, 2015

At approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2015, a 21-foot section of scaffolding buckled and collapsed at the construction site on the campus of Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho. Eight construction workers were injured. Three of the injured were taken to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque for treatment; two others are being treated at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center, and three were treated and released.

There were 238 construction workers on the site at the time of the incident and we are confident that all have been accounted for. The construction site has been closed until further notice, and a thorough investigation will be conducted before construction resumes.

Presbyterian Rust Medical Center first responders, the Rio Rancho Fire Department, and law enforcement responded quickly to the scene, and we are grateful for their expertise and efficiency.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured, their families and co-workers, all the employees at Rust Medical Center, and the greater Rio Rancho community.

Hospital inpatient operations have not been impacted. Visitors and patients with scheduled appointments are still able to enter the building through the main entrance.


About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
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. The Presbyterian system includes 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 10,000 employees.​

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