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LAS CRUCES – The city has its first new general hospital in 17 years, and it aims to serve a geographically and economically disadvantaged area of the city.

The brand-new Three Crosses Regional Hospital, on Samaritan Drive off North Main Street, opened its doors to the public Wednesday. The facility is a full-service acute care hospital and boasts 36 patient beds, four surgical suites, 10 intensive care unit beds, 10 post-op and 10 pre-op beds and a 10-bed emergency room.

A medical office building still under construction will include ambulatory services, such as outpatient surgery, and physician offices. At its height, the hospital could employ more than 200 people.

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Administrator and Chief Clinical Officer Cindy Slaydon said the hospital is a $120 million undertaking. She said people interested in