By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer
Presbyterian Healthcare Services officials and the staff of the Dr. Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital invite the public to join them Thursday at the hospital as they celebrate 50 years of providing service at the Quay County-owned facility since 1978.
“The staff and I are very excited to be holding this event and hope the community comes out to join us for this milestone,” said hospital administrator Lance Labine.
Labine said since the opening of the doors, the hospital has worked to provide the best care for the residents of Quay County. He said as the years have passed, emphasis on care expanded to the travelers along Interstate 40.
Labine said one of the most exciting things is the stability of the staff of physicians working at the hospital, primary care and specialty clinic. He said physicians are members of the community and are dedicated to ensuring the best care is provided to the patients of the hospital.
Labine said Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare Services have expanded the operations, providing mores services at the hospital, primary care and specialty clinic and outpatient rehabilitation center. He said in August, the Logan Medical Clinic was opened to provide services to the residents of Logan.
The Village of Logan has partnered with Presbyterian Medical Group (PMG) at Dr. Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital to operate the single-provider family medicine rural health clinic located at 600 Gallegos Street.
“The staff at Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare Services want the residents of the county to know we are here to serve all of the residents, not just those living in Tucumcari,” Labine said.
Labine said the community has shown overwhelming support for the hospital over the years. He said the a large portion of the funding from the hospital comes from money set aside from collection of gross receipt taxes. He said the support of Quay County commissioners and money from taxpayers have helped the hospital keep its doors open and expand services over the years.
It is a county-owned facility and is supported by the county, but citizens are the true supporters with the money from property and gross receipt taxes, according to County Manager Richard Primrose.
Primrose said its so important to have quality medical care available to them and its also beneficial to have the hospital in regards to economic development. He said Trigg gives residents a local facility and allows residents to avoid traveling long distances for medical treatment.
Labine said the 50th anniversary will be held in the grass area outside of the hospital and all are welcome to attend.
The Presbyterian Medical Group clinic will also will provide free immunizations to community members 18 and older from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the clinic, 301 E. Miel de Luna in Tucumcari.
The 2015-2016 flu vaccine will protect against four strains of seasonal flu: influenza A H3N2-type virus; influenza A H1N1-type virus; and two influenza B-type viruses
For their safety, children cannot receive flu shots through this clinic. Hospital officials ask residents to contact their children’s primary care provider to receive a properly dosed flu shot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months and older receive the flu vaccine.