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Lea County’s two hospitals provide excellent medical services, which include modern emergency services and helicopter landing pads. Lea Regional Medical Center is a joint commission accredited 250-bed facility located in Hobbs. The hospital is home to nearly 550 nurses, physicians and support staff, which includes a vibrant medical community made up of more than 75 primary care and specialty physicians. This state-of-the-art medical facility also provides comprehensive medical care services including inpatient and outpatient surgery, cutting-edge MRI, CT and digital mammography, a beautifully remodeled women's services and maternity unit, and Lea County's only 30-minute emergency room pledge. In addition, Lea Regional operates PROS, a physical, occupational and speech therapy clinic and the Center for Industrial Medicine, an occupational medicine and urgent care clinic. For more information about Lea Regional Medical Center, please visit

In Lovington, Nor-Lea Hospital is a modern, full-service medical facility licensed for 25 beds. Additionally, the hospital operates a clinic for walk-ins and a home healthcare service for its 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 residents and retirement. For senior residents 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 municipalities have nursing homes for seniors who need more specific medical attention.

All Lea County municipalities 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 residents 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 municipalities cater to their senior residents and collectively provide one of the best and most affordable retirement locations in the United States.

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