Women’s Medical Center in Clovis to close after 35 years | KLBK | KAMC

CLOVIS, New Mexico – After 35 years of serving Eastern New Mexico, Clovis Women’s Medical Center is closing its doors.

The news comes as the medical group has been unable to recruit doctors from the area. Dr. Breton Juberg, OBGYN and owner/partner of WMC, said eastern New Mexico is a difficult region to recruit.

“A lot of younger, newer doctors coming out of training want to go to big cities with lots of amenities and things to do. Some of the local legislative changes at the state level have made it more unfavorable to providers here with the increased caps and rewards,” Juberg explained.

With the volume of patients, Dr. Juberg said it was a job for five doctors, but right now it’s down to two…leaving them no other choice.

Juberg added: “We really explored all the options before deciding on this course of action. And we really regret it. We will miss the closure of this practice, which has truly been an institution in this community for 35 years, and we are truly sorry that it has come to this. »

Portales’ Kynzi Shelley is due June 26, about two weeks after WMC is scheduled to close on June 10.

“I was really sad, the staff there are really good. And I feel like in small rural towns, it’s really difficult for us to have really good health care, especially with prenatal care. said Shelly.

She added: “Being with the same doctor all this time and getting to know her and having a plan of how I want to have my baby and what needs to happen is stressful to literally change that in the end.”

Cydnee Widner of Melrose had her first baby at Plains Regional Medical Center, Clovis Hospital with Dr. William Moore. He recently retired, but she is still disappointed that she cannot give birth in the same place where she had her first. Fortunately, she has an alternate plan.

“A lot of people have recommended giving birth in Covenant, and I found Dr. Patterson, at Grace Clinic, and they have a conglomeration of doctors as well,” Widner said.

Locals are hopeful for the future of women’s health care in eastern New Mexico, but no one is likely to see significant changes for some time. Dr. Juberg said it would take years to recover.

Dr Juberg said there were currently 45 staff members and they hoped everyone would successfully transfer to other jobs. For higher risk patients, they coordinated the UMC in Lubbock, Covenant, and practices in Amarillo and Roswell.