Presbyterian Urgent Care temporarily closed due to water break

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A broken water line flooded portions of Presbyterian's Urgent Care Clinic in Belen over the weekend, causing officials to temporarily close its doors.

Although the urgent care remains closed, the primary care provider portion of the clinic is now open after closing for one day.

Clinic administrators estimate the urgent care, located at 609 S. Christopher, will reopen its doors sometime next week after repairs are completed.

"The damage was extensive enough that (clinic administrators) estimated closure will be for multiple days at the urgent care," said Niki Allcorn, a Presbyterian spokeswoman.

A physician with the Presbyterian Medical Group discovered more than two inches of standing water in some areas of the urgent care and primary care clinics, including waiting rooms, registration area, laboratory and X-ray rooms Monday morning, said Manuel Pino, director of practice operations at the Belen clinic.

Water seeped into carpets and nearby walls after a water pipe bust inside the middle of the lobby's west wall, where the clinic had "just finished" aesthetic renovations, Pino said.

"We're thinking it happened sometime late Saturday or Sunday, because we did have a provider in on Saturday seeing patients and he said everything was fine," Pino said.

Flooding affected both the urgent care and primary care clinics, since they share a registration area, laboratory and X-ray rooms, but was confined to flooring and wall damage.

Although the broken water pipe was fixed and furniture removed from water-soaked areas, Pino said he doesn't know how much repairs will cost to replace the flooring and portions of the wall.

Appointments for patients scheduled to visit with the clinic's primary care provider on Monday were rescheduled due to the closure, Allcorn said.

Patients seeking urgent care services are being redirected to Isleta's Presbyterian Urgent Care, located on 3436 Isleta Blvd. SW., which is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information about the Isleta Urgent Care, call 462-7777.

Patients seeking Tricore Laboratory or fracture services are asked to go to Los Lunas' Presbyterian Primary Care office, 200 Emilio Lopez Road, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information about the Los Lunas Primary Care office, call 866-2700.


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