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Surgical Center of the Southwest

We provide surgical services to southwest New Mexico

  • The facility features state-of-the-art operating rooms
  • individual preoperative rooms where patients can spend time with loved ones before surgery
  • Patients receive compassionate care from highly skilled surgeons, physicians, and nurses.

"Our emphasis is just as much on healing as it is on surgery," says Susan Walsh, R.N., Operating Room Manager.

Scope of Procedures


The Surgical Center's History

In 2006, GRMC's Surgical Center of the Southwest expanded with a 8,000-square-foot addition. Surgical services now contains six state-of-the-art operating rooms, six pre-op rooms, a Cysto room and a separate admitting area for surgical patients.

The hospital currently hosts more than 4,600 surgeries a year with two-thirds of them being ambulatory surgeries with no overnight stay required. "By connecting the surgical addition with our existing surgical suite, we are able to provide patients all the customer service of a new ambulatory surgery center with the backup of a full service hospital,"Judy Gould, RN, GRMC's director of surgery stated.

Open Around the Clock

The hospital's operating suites are open around the clock. In addition to most advanced surgical procedures, the latest laparoscopy techniques are used in surgery for the removal of gallbladder, appendix, and hernia repair.

First to offer Navigated Knee Surgery

GRMC was the first hospital in New Mexico to offer navigated knee surgery. This procedure makes it possible for people to have knee replacement surgery with a minimal amount of pain, sutures and a less recovery time. The surgical center offers other procedures that can are facilitated by the specialized equipment such as eye surgeries, colonoscopies and endometrial ablation (an alternative to traditional hysterectomies).

All surgical patients are admitted through the Surgical Center of the Southwest streamlining the process.

Digital Imaging is State-of-the-Art

GRMC also offers the latest technology in imaging. GRMC also provides CAT scans and MRI procedures. Radiological images can be digitally captured for easy access by physicians using the PACS system. GRMC also has full lab services including the SurePathä system which provides a better section of cells for viewing.

"Gila Regional Medical Center offers the best in technology with the best in patient-focused customer service in a healing, soothing environment," Surgical Center Director Judy Gould stated. "We are proud to be a part of the community and to provide services to Southwest New Mexico."