CHICAGO — Health Care Service Corporation will bring a community-based wellness center to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Albuquerque neighborhood center, to open in summer 2024, will be in the South Valley. The 2,100-square-foot space will offer members of HCSC’s New Mexico plan and community members access to in-person resources to improve their health and wellness — at no cost.
“Partnering with communities through our neighborhood centers strengthens the connection between access and health,” said Maurice Smith, HCSC president, CEO and vice chair. “We opened our first hyperlocal center in Chicago in 2019. Since then, we’ve opened two more centers and offered nearly 5,000 free events and had more than 50,000 people visit our three locations. That is 50,000 people who have enjoyed access to free health screenings and wellness classes, as well as connections to services to enhance their mental and financial well-being.”
The new center, to be located at 3925 Las Estancias Way, will also create jobs. Staff at the center will include a manager, health educator, community outreach specialist, community affairs concierge and customer service personnel. Hiring will prioritize the multilingual needs of members and the community.
“We believe that health care is local,” said Janice Torrez, president of HCSC’s New Mexico division. “It’s important for us to be in the neighborhoods where resources are needed. We’ve been serving people across New Mexico for more than 80 years, and we’re committed to improving the overall health of our communities.”
About Health Care Service Corporation
Health Care Service Corporation is the country's largest customer-owned health insurer, serving more than 18.6 million members in its health plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. A Mutual Legal Reserve Company, HCSC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.