Private firm to manage Fort Bayard

Source: Levi Hill, Silver City Sun-News (NM), November 23, 2005

It’s official. Fort Bayard Medical Center will be under private management on Feb. 1. The announcement was made Tuesday at Fort Bayard in a joint news conference with GEO Care Inc. and the New Mexico Department of Health. Health Secretary Michelle Lujan Grisham and GEO President Jorge Dominicis shook hands on the signing of a short-term contract and discussed with the public what the contract means for the aging facility. …… Representatives from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) attended the conference. The union representatives have been vocal in comments about the changes occurring at Fort Bayard. Joe Chavez, president of the local 3973, said the union is still waiting to see what becomes of the changes.