The excitement in Kevin Rogols’ voice was obvious as he stepped inside the metro area’s newest hospital, talking about how natural light improves the healing process. Whether or not that’s true for everyone, there was no denying that the sun’s rays shone graciously through the windows in the lobby at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center on that particular afternoon.
The prognosis is positive: Greater Albuquerque has strong health-care systems, with the latest technology and treatments in place. The city is home to hospitals with more than 1,800 beds, along with several assisted living centers, and home health-care treatment and senior care organizations.
Here is a quick overview:
Lovelace Health System
Last week more than 150 Albuquerque seniors participated in an afternoon of dance lessons, including ballroom dancing and the fox trot. It’s was all part of Lovelace Silver Elite program that promotes good health for its members. The event also featured a variety of health care booths and refreshments. Lovelace Silver Elite hosted the event as a celebration of the program’s second anniversary. Check out the news piece that ran on Univision:
So says Dr. Jason Mudd, an ear, nose and throat specialist who practices in the Albuquerque metro area and is making use of technology — called image-guided sinus surgery — at Lovelace Westside Hospital.
Lovelace Westside Hospital has featured the equipment for this surgery for a few months, said hospital spokeswoman Laurie Volkin.
What’s the first thing you notice when you enter a hospital?
The cleanliness of the floors. If you pay attention to the details, your whole organization should run well.
What’s the biggest change you’ve seen during your professional career?
The increase in the amount of public reporting that’s done to provide measures for grading hospitals’ performance.
What makes administering a hospital different from running another type of company?
Hospitals are expected to be very different in 10 years, but because of technology and new approaches to health care, many people are unlikely to see the inside of one.
And most of those who do go for emergency care or surgery aren’t likely to stay long.
At 10 stories high, workers install new white lettering at Lovelace Medical Center at 601 Dr. M.L. King Jr. NE, the culmination of a nearly $1 million exterior renovation.
Lovelace Medical Center, the hard-to-miss landmark at Interstate 25 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, has traded in its off-white exterior for a warm brown color to cap off a massive renovation begun six years ago.
Although he’s only been on the job for a week, Lloyd Scarrow has big plans for Lovelace Regional Hospital-Roswell. The newly named CEO said he’s noticed a need for greater access to primary care, not just in Roswell, but in surrounding areas as well. His first goal is to increase the number of primary care homes.
Listen to an interview on Coyote 102.5 FM radio with Maureen Manring from Lovelace Medicare Plan.