Best Rural Hospitals in the Desert SW

David Oesper

The Chartis Center for Rural Health annually publishes a list of the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals.

In the dark-sky areas of the desert southwest region we’re looking at for Mirador Astronomy Village (including an expanded look at rural Texas), these are the hospitals that make the grade:

Miners Colfax Medical Center
Raton, NM
Critical Access Top Hospital

Collingsworth General Hospital
Wellington, TX
Critical Access Top Hospital

Mitchell County Hospital District
Colorado City, TX
Critical Access Top Hospital
NOTE: Probably too close to oil & gas development; we need to be very careful to choose a dark-sky community site with no potential for future oil and gas extraction.

Guadalupe County Hospital
Santa Rosa, NM
Rural & Community Top Hospital

Childress Regional Medical Center
Childress, TX
Rural & Community Top Hospital

Knox County Hospital
Knox City, TX
Rural & Community Top Hospital

No hospitals in Arizona made the grade.

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