Lovelace Medical Medical Center CEO Troy Greer, city of Albuquerque Chief Administrative Office Rob Perry, Sister Nancy Kazik, Lovelace Medical Center Chief of Staff Dr. Diego Gonzales and Lovelace Health System President and CEO Ron Stern turned on the lights to the holiday tree atop the Lovelace Medical Center near downtown on Thursday night. This is the 43rd year in a row that a tree has decorated the top of the hospital.
Lovelace Health Plan members can once again see ABQ Health Partners physicians and other providers effective immediately under terms of a new provider agreement the companies announced Monday.
The companies declined to discuss terms of the agreement.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is expected to purchase Lovelace Health Plan in a matter of weeks. BCBSNM has a provider agreement with ABQ HP already.
ALBUQUERQUE (December 2, 2013) – Lovelace Health Plan and ABQ Health Partners (ABQ HP) have signed an agreement that will allow Lovelace patients and members to immediately access ABQ HP physicians and providers.
Lovelace and ABQ Health Partners will begin notifying patients and members of this change.
“We’re pleased to have these providers rejoin our network,” said Ron Stern, president and CEO of Lovelace Health System. “It improves access for the community, especially for primary care, and broadens our network, giving our patients and members more quality choices.”
Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter- Albuquerque Business First
An audience of 1,200 doctors from around the world tuned in Thursday to watch a surgical procedure taking place in New Mexico.
By Debra Wood, RN, contributor
November 14, 2013 - Individual nurses may be motivated by different things, but most will agree that a supportive work environment and opportunities for professional growth can go a long way toward improving job satisfaction. And there are a few hospitals that seem to have discovered the right formula for creating a great place to work.
It's a sound that many thought was long gone, but it's a sound that has been creeping back up in the United States.
Colorado has reported more than 1,000 cases of it this year alone.
It's the sound of whooping cough.
According to Dr. Jeffrey Thomas from Lovelace Health Center, whooping cough is caused by the bacterium Bortetella pertussis.
"It's a highly contagious disease that's spread from person to person through respiratory droplets, like sneezing and coughing," Thomas said.
Lovelace Health System has agreed to sell its insurance operation – with 108,000 members – to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico for an undisclosed price. The deal is expected to close, assuming regulators approve, no sooner than year’s end.
By Duc Vuong, M.D., board-certified surgeon and director of Lovelace Bariatrics Department