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San Juan Regional Medical Center

Published in the May 2009 issue of Today's Hospitalist

Based in: Farmington, N.M.
Program founded: 2008
Number of hospitalists: Six, recruiting three more
Contact: Terri Smith, 888-282-6591

SAN JUAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER is a 240-bed regional hospital and level III trauma center located in Farmington, N.M., which is in the Four Corners area adjacent to Arizona, Colorado and Utah. In 2006, the hospital completed an $86 million expansion project.

SCHEDULES AND SERVICES: Hospitalists are hospital employees and provide critical care coverage. Shifts typically go from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with physicians working a block schedule of nine shifts over a 10-day period followed by six days off. (That schedule will change as additional physicians are hired.) Hospitalists during the day alternate between admitting and consulting shifts. The average admitting-shift census is 18, while the average census for consulting shifts is 16. Program members share night coverage.

COMPENSATION: San Juan Regional provides a competitive base salary with a productivity bonus; a sign-on bonus; excellent benefits, including both short- and long-term disability; and relocation assistance. Hospitalists also enjoy four weeks a year of paid time off.

HOSPITAL AND LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS: Located in northwestern New Mexico, Farmington is the largest metropolitan area in the Four Corners with a vibrant energy-based economy. Near three rivers and close to the San Juan Mountains, the community has near-perfect weather and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, including world-class skiing, river rafting and fly fishing.

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