City Council to vote on proposed new hospital in West El Paso

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Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 11:34pm

A new full-service hospital could soon be coming to Northwest El Paso and it could bring hundreds of medical jobs with it.

News Channel 9 has been keeping a close eye on this City Council item for the last month.

If approved, the agreement would bring a brand new 108 bed hospital to the Northwest side.

People who live in the area said it's a good idea.

“I think it is important to have a hospital on the West side,” said Maribel Benanti.

Benanti, a resident in the Northwest, said when an emergency happens, she has to drive down to Mesa. She sees this as a problem.

“That 15-20 minutes could make a big difference in a life or death situation,” she said.

So City Council is considering building a new 108 bed hospital near Resler and the new Transmountain Freeway.

The proposed agreement between City Council and Tenet, the company that owns Sierra Providence Health Network, is part of the Chapter 380 Economic Development Program. It offers incentives to local businesses to expand and new businesses to move to El Paso.

"I think with the expansion in Canutillo and all the other areas that are growing, the Upper Valley and here in West El Paso, that a hospital on this side would be great," said resident Joyce Smith.

If approved, Council will award Tenet $12 million in tax breaks, grants and other incentives.

The company will have to invest at least $120 million to build the hospital.

"We always had to run down to Providence or Sierra, which is a long way when you have a kid who is screaming and bleeding," said Smith.

The idea of a new hospital made some think about what they would do if they needed to go to medical help fast.

"It's like, what would I do if I had an emergency,” said Monica Servine. “I think it is pretty far. They only thing we have is the health emergency care.”

"There are so many things that can't be treated at those centers,” said Benanti. “They can't provide stitches, they can't do x-rays. All of these necessary things you need during an emergency that aren't available."

If approved, the new hospital would also bring 300 full time medical jobs to the area.

It would also serve as a learning hospital for the Texas Tech University Health Science Center here in El Paso. 

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