A community-intensive assignment involved both an assessment of policy options on behalf of the joint City/County owners of a public hospital in Las Cruces, NM. The business arrangement resulted in a long-term partnership between the City/County ownership and the new operator of the hospital, and provided the local government owners $150 million to augment the health status of low-income populations in this border community.

The National Association of Counties bestowed its 2005 Best-in-Healthcare Achievement Award on Doña Ana County to recognize both our public policy process and the operating arrangement negotiated with the new private sector capital partner. The Award singled out the Community Collaboration Model we applied to unify elected leaders, physicians and diverse members of the community to support the resolution of a hotly-debated and potentially divisive healthcare issue.

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