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Ben Archer Health Center (BAHC) is a non-profit 501 (C) 3 corporation, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), providing primary care services in southern New Mexico since 1971. The organization has eleven community health centers that provide primary health, dental care, behavioral health, social services and health education. BAHC serves more than 44,000 patients a year through health centers that are distributed throughout Southern New Mexico in Luna, Sierra, Otero and Dona Ana Counties, New Mexico.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to significantly improve the health status of its population through the prevention of illness, the promotion of health education, the provision of quality primary care, access to the under-served and a strong commitment to chronic disease.

Services Provided

Services presently offered by Ben Archer Health Center assure that the communities served have available the following general medical services:

  • Comprehensive Dental Services
  • Primary Care
  • Health Education
  • Social Services
  • Additional Services

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

For online access to Patient Rights and Responsibilities as well as HIPAA Policies, click here. This health center is a Health Center Program grantee
under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).


This community health center is accredited by The Joint Commission.

Accreditation means that this outpatient facility has volunteered to undergo a challenging, comprehensive evaluation.  It has made a significant extra effort to review and improve the key factors that can affect the quality and safety of your care.

Accreditation by The Joint Commission is considered the Gold Standard in health care.  Hospitals have been evaluated by The Joint Commission for more than 50 years.  This facility is accredited just as the hospitals in your community are accredited.  Doctors and nurses from The Joint Commission personally visited this facility to conduct a review and looked at how well the facility:

  • Provides a safe environment for your care
  • Educates you about the risks and options for diagnosis and treatment
  • rotects your rights as a patient, including your right to confidentiality
  • Evaluates your condition, before, during and after diagnosis and treatment
  • Protects you against infection
  • Plans for emergency situations

For more information on the Joint Commission visit

The public or any BAHC employee may contact the Joint Commission Office of Quality monitoring to report any concerns or to register complaints about a Joint Commission accredited health care organization either by calling 1-800-994-6610 or click here for an online form.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance.

The Web site for NCQA contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed healthcare choices. Click here for details

Funding and Support

Board of Directors

Sandra Morrow, President

Juan Padilla, Vice President

Patsy Leyba, Secretary/Treasurer

Debbie Martinez, Member

Sylvia McGuire, Member

Elwin Roach, Member

Ofelia Melendrez, Member

Eddie Diaz, Member

Christina Fierro, Member