Internet provider goes live with fiber optic line

Santa Fe internet service provider NMSurf’s first fiber optic stretch went live April 1 along Cerrillos Road and Siler Road.

The company in late March finished installation of 2.1 miles of fiber optic cable on Cerrillos between Fourth Street and Siler Road and then continued on Siler between Cerrillos and Agua Fría Road. NMSurf’s fiber optic line is available to about 350 business customers, said Alisha Catanach, marketing and sales manager at NMSurf.

NMSurf will start a second phase of fiber installation in the summer along Cerrillos Road between Siler and Airport roads, which will be available to about 500 business customers, she said.

Catanach did not disclose how many customers NMSurf has other than “a few thousand.” NMSurf serves Santa Fe County and also has customers in Albuquerque, Española, Alcalde and Ojo Caliente.

NMSurf is primarily a broadband fixed wireless provider.

“Many wireless internet service providers around the country are investing in hybrid fixed wireless/fiber networks,” Catanach said. “Fiber is the future; however, fixed wireless is also.”

La Fonda begins offering valet parking

La Fonda on the Plaza will start valet parking April 15 for guests and visitors.

The valet service will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The valet drop-off will be at La Fonda’s entrance at 100 E. San Francisco St.

“Our main objective is we are trying to elevate the amenities for our guests and create a more luxurious experience for people who stay at La Fonda,” said Jayne Weiske, La Fonda’s marketing director.

Daily valet parking is $10 for up to six hours, and overnight valet parking for hotel guests is $30.

But visitors dining at La Fonda restaurants can get valet parking validated for three hours; bar or Bell Tower patrons can get parking validated for two hours; and people shopping in La Fonda shops can get validations for one hour, Weiske said.

Christus building to house doctors’ offices

Christus St. Vincent is remodeling the ground floor of the Paisano Building on Rodeo Park Drive to house doctors’ offices.

The hospital last year acquired the building at 2968 Rodeo Park Drive that once housed the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. St. Vincent administrative support services, such as the finance department and a call center, moved into the second floor in June and July, but the ground floor so far has remained vacant, Christus St. Vincent spokesman Arturo Delgado said.

Christus St. Vincent has not yet determined which doctors will occupy the ground floor when renovations are completed in late summer or early fall. Delgado noted the Paisano Building has only one building between it and Christus St. Vincent Physicians Medical Center.

The 56,528-square-foot Paisano Building was built for the National Park Service in 2000.

Work on the $603,000 renovation project started in March. Christus St. Vincent in March also started a $703,000 roof maintenance and repair project at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

S.F. hospice facility sold to Albuquerque firm

Albuquerque-based Haverland Carter LifeStyle Group acquired Del Corazon Hospice in Santa Fe April 1 for an undisclosed amount.

Haverland Carter owns two retirement communities in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho and three assisted-living and memory care centers in Albuquerque, Oklahoma and Colorado.

Del Corazon is the first hospice for Haverland Carter, but the company plans to use the Santa Fe facility as a stepping stone toward providing more hospice care at its other centers and possibly elsewhere, marketing director Dave Walbrightsaid.

Del Corazon executive director David Rodriguez founded the hospice about eight years ago with a group of Texas investors who wanted to divest from the Santa Fe business. Rodriguez approached Haverland Carter about a possible acquisition.

Del Corazon has about 35 hospice care providers.

The Haverland Carter flagship is La Vida Llena retirement community in Albuquerque, which ran out of space after five expansions since first opening in 1983. Haverland Carter was established in 2015 to expand beyond the La Vida Llena property.

The New Mexican

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