BEN ARCHER HEALTH
COLUMBUS, NEW MEXICO.
The Columbus Ben Archer Health Center (BAHC) site was
established in 1998. Primary care service area for the BAHC in
Columbus includes all communities in Luna County. Deming and Columbus
are the larger population centers in Luna County.
The primary care clinic is located at #1 North Boundary,
an 8,000 square foot, modern medical facility that provides medical
and dental services.
Columbus, New Mexico, which is about 35-40 miles to
the south of Deming, is a small rural community of approximately
800 residents located on the southern end of Luna County along
the U.S./Mexico border. It's sister city, Puerto
Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico is only three miles south of Columbus
and has a larger population estimated at anywhere between 3,000
to 10,000 depending on whose estimates are used. These two isolated
communities depend very closely upon one another, with both relying
heavily on agriculture as the dominant
economic force in the region. Due to their relative isolation
and lack of infrastructure, resources are scarce on both sides
of the border. The population is
expected to increase in size due to the Free Trade Agreement and
border crossings in Sunland Park and Columbus.
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