Lea County’s two hospitals provide excellent medical services, which include modern emergency services and helicopter landing pads. The Lea Regional Medical Center is a 250-bed licensed facility located in Hobbs, providing medical services to local residents and guests from the region. The hospital is equipped with a staff of 530 doctors and allied medical personnel and a medical community made up of 40 physicians in various disciplines. This state-of-the-art medical facility also provides comprehensive medical care services, including traditional care such as surgery and chemotherapy; diagnostic care such as MRIs and CAT Scans; rehabilitation care such as respiratory therapy and physical therapy; and preventive care such as osteoporosis imaging and hematology. In addition, Lea Regional recently opened three new medical clinics in Lea County for convenient, efficient medical service. Prime Care-Hobbs is designed to service patients who need medical attention after regular working hours or on weekends. Prime Care-Eunice provides complete routine medical care for the whole family. Prime Care-Lovington houses physicians who specialize in services for women and patients with vascular or surgical needs.
In Lovington, Nor-Lea Hospital is a modern, full-service medical facility licensed for 25 beds. Additionally, the hospital operates a clinic for walk-in and a home healthcare service for their patients. The newly remodeled emergency room is equipped with the latest technology and equipment to handle most emergencies. The hospital is the pride of the Lovington community, providing hometown healthcare. Nor-Lea Hospital is serviced by 15 physicians in selected medical specialties.
With its temperate climate, Lea County attracts many people looking for a suitable place to live, work and retire. Affordable housing, friendly and helpful neighbors and recreational activities all contribute to making this corner of New Mexico the ideal location for senior citizens and retirement. For senior citizens who prefer a community housing environment, Hobbs offers several senior and independent housing arrangements, as well as apartments for memory-impaired residents and other senior-need special care.
Hobbs and Lovington offer HUD subsidized housing for elderly residents, including those who have problems with mobility. Both cities have nursing homes for seniors who need more specific medical attention.
All Lea County cities offer senior citizen facilities for activities, meals, socials, healthcare information and transportation assistance. Organized activities include dances, aerobic exercise, sports, games, trips and volunteer opportunities. The Lea County Senior Olympics offers competitive events for seniors in different age groups. Seniors who qualify can then advance to the annual State Senior Olympics. New Mexico Junior College provides affordable continued education courses so that senior citizens can participate in lifelong learning opportunities. Through the National Arthritis Foundation, NMJC also offers water aquatic classes in a heated pool for those seniors who suffer from the debilitating effects of arthritis. The semi-arid, sunny climate helps soothe aching and virtually eliminates many respiratory ailments.
Because Lea County has a reputation as a premier retirement location, the five cities cater to their senior citizens and provide one of the best and most affordable retirement locations in the United States.