Imagine you receive a potentially life altering diagnosis - like this UNM graduate, who was told he has a brain tumor.
He didn't want to undergo surgery, so he opted for a surgery-free treatment.
It's called Gamma Knife treatment, but there's actually no knife involved at all. It's something only Lovelace Medical Center offers here in New Mexico.
"I had tons and tons of headaches, I was kind of losing my balance, I was missing a lot of work," said Fitz Glasgow.
He was just 31 when he found out he had a brain tumor.
Lovelace Health Plan said Tuesday it will open a medical clinic in Los Lunas to serve 500 village employees and their families, who recently joined the health plan.
The size and location of the clinic have not been determined. It is expected to open by Jan. 1, 2013, Lovelace said in a news release.
The clinic will also serve anyone who is a member of the Lovelace Health Plan.
The 250,000-member Lovelace Health Plan is owned by Lovelace Health System, which operates six hospitals in the state.
In light of a recent tragedy involving a toddler, Dr. Lance Wilson, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Lovelace Medical Center, was interviewed for a segment on KOB-TV.
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.