A message from AGH:
“The Artesia General Hospital Board of Directors would like to announce the transitional team that is leading the administrative activities of the hospital as they navigate the national health crisis involving COVID-19. Effective March 20, 2020, the hospital named the transition team of Dr. Joe Salgado, Chief of Staff, and Mrs. Cory Yates, Chief Financial Officer. The two will work closely together to ensure the continuation of the administrative functions of Artesia General Hospital.
“The directors feel very confident about the leadership of Dr. Joe Salgado and Cory Yates, who will be operating as the transition team with the support of the Board,” said Anna Whitmire, Chairman of the Governing Board. “These two have a great working relationship, and we have the utmost confidence in them. We believe this team will be able to continue the smooth operations of the hospital moving forward.”
According to Whitmire, the transitional team in place will continue until the current COVID-19 issue has passed, at which time the Board will begin a formal search for a new Hospital Administrator/Chief Executive Officer.
“Artesia General Hospital has worked very hard to create a facility where quality healthcare and the safety and well-being of our patients are a priority,” the Board released in a statement. “The transition team will continue this endeavor.”
Whitmire stressed that the primary focus of the hospital at this time is staying up to date with the demands of COVID-19. The team in place has been preparing for the virus for weeks and is focused on treating patients and protecting their staff. Artesia General Hospital reminds everyone to stay in your homes if possible, wash your hands often, use social distancing, and cover coughs and sneezes.
If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms and think you may have contracted coronavirus, please call the New Mexico Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline for screening at 1.855.600.3453. If you are having trouble breathing, please go the emergency room.”