For Immediate Release
May 5, 2023
Leigh Strope
(469) 282-2563
Lillie Lewis
(575) 443-7850
Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center Signs Non-Binding Agreement to Join CHRISTUS Health
Letter of Intent First Step to Grow Clinical Capabilities, Capital Improvements
IRVING, Texas, and ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico – CHRISTUS Health and Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center (GCRMC) announced today they have signed a nonbinding letter of intent to explore the hospital joining the international, not-for-profit health system.
“Our organizations share a strong commitment to providing exceptional and compassionate health care in the communities we serve,” said CHRISTUS Health President and CEO Ernie Sadau. “We are honored to have the opportunity to be a leader, partner and advocate for innovative health and wellness solutions in the community of Alamogordo.”
“The health care industry has continually evolved, with rural community hospitals like ours facing the strongest headwinds,” said Norm Arnold, Chair of the GCRMC Board of Trustees.  “In order to continue to meet the demands of our diverse, growing community, we have taken this important next step to join CHRISTUS Health, which shares our mission and vision and intends to help us ensure high-quality health care remains in this community for generations to come.”
Under the nonbinding agreement, CHRISTUS Health and Gerald Champion now enter exclusive negotiations with a goal of reaching a final agreement by early summer.
The two entities will continue discussions focused on elevating Gerald Champion’s mission to serve the community, leveraging the strength of the CHRISTUS network, investing in capital improvements, expanding recruitment and retention efforts and growing high-quality clinical capabilities.
“This year, we celebrate our hospital’s 74th anniversary and there is no better way to honor that legacy than to ensure we have the resources and financial support to care for our community well into the
future,” said Gerald Champion CEO Jim Heckert. “After a thorough, 18-month planning process, it is clear CHRISTUS can support our long-term goals while truly aligning with our mission and strengthening our already solid operational and financial foundation.”  
About CHRISTUS Health
CHRISTUS Health, based in Irving, Texas, is a Catholic, not-for-profit system with more than 600 health centers, including community hospitals, urgent care centers, health insurance companies and physician clinics. We are a community of more than 45,000 Associates and over 15,000 physicians providing individualized care with a focus on charitable missions to communities in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico—including CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe—Chile, Colombia and Mexico. Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston and San Antonio and the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, our mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to every individual we serve.
About Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center
Founded in 1949, Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit, sole community Level III Trauma hospital dedicated to serving South Central New Mexico. Their services include 28 clinics of primary and specialty care; 33 different medical/surgical specialties; service lines to include Urgent Care, Wound Care, Cardiac Cath Lab, and Interventional Radiology and 98 Bed acute care facility. GCRMC employs/contracts with approximately 160 providers and 1,000 staff to provide over 30,000 ER visits, 150,000 clinic visits and 4,000 admissions a year. 

Community Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why is the Hospital Joining CHRISTUS?
Healthcare is facing difficult times and independent hospitals are challenged to continue in the current environment. This decision will secure the future of quality healthcare in our community.
  1. Is the hospital going broke?
No, GCRMC is in a strong financial position, which makes this a good time to enter this partnership.
  1. Who is CHRISTUS?
CHRISTUS Health is a large Catholic non-profit healthcare system, with hospitals and clinics in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico and beyond U. S. borders in Chili, Colombia and Mexico.
  1. Will services change at the hospital or my doctor’s office?
No immediate changes in hospital or clinic services are expected. A careful evaluation will be done to assess the future needs of GCRMC and the community.
  1. Will the hospital become Catholic?
The expectation is that GCRMC will become a faith-based hospital.
  1. Will the hospital name change?
The name will change to reflect the new partnership. A decision on has not been made on the new name.
  1. Will there be layoffs for the staff?
Our employees are very important to this hospital no layoffs are expected.
  1. Why Is CHRISTUS interested in GCRMC and Alamogordo?
CHRISTUS St. Vincent is a thriving medical center in Santa Fe. The system is looking for ways to strengthen its healthcare presence in New Mexico. CHRISTUS has been successful in rural communities; GCRMC is an excellent opportunity to expand programs and service. This is good news for Alamogordo.


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