MCH is working to nearly double its number of primary care physicians, but it will take more than just and increase in doctors to meet the demand.
"You're going to need people that can see that many more patients and there's just physical limitations to how many people you can see in a day," adds O'Hearn.
So, there's a huge push to bring in more nurse practitioners and physician assistants. In addition to adding more providers, MCH will also be spreading new primary care and urgent care clinics around the county.
"The planning phase has already begun in terms of working on exactly what we would want them to look like, what types of clinics we'd want to do, and where they'd be located," says O'Hearn.
The emergency rooms in Ector County are busier than ever, like most emergency rooms are across the country. However, the basin has the added problem of a population boom.
"In fact, over the last month or two, the volume [in the E.R.] has increased substantially to almost double," says MCH's Dr. Bruce Becker.
"If you come in, it's going to be about three hours if we discharge you and about five hours if we admit you to the hospital," he adds.