Albuquerque Earns Reputation for Health-Care Excellence

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

LHS operates a network of acute care hospitals in the region, including its flagship Lovelace Medical Center. The hospital is known for several specialized centers, including a Gamma Knife Center that provides non-invasive neurosurgery for complex and often inoperable brain conditions.

LHS also oversees Lovelace Women's Hospital and Lovelace Westside Hospital, both named among the top 50 best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2011. Also in 2011, LHS acquired Heart Hospital of New Mexico, now called Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center.

“We can now provide a range of cardiology services that are significantly enhanced, and through our network, we can make these high-quality services available to more people in Albuquerque and in New Mexico than ever before,” says Ron Stern, Lovelace Health System president and CEO.

In 2012, LHS welcomed Roswell Regional Hospital and its Family Care Clinic, and added inpatient pediatrics at Lovelace Westside Hospital, bringing that much-needed service to residents on Albuquerque’s west side and in Rio Rancho.

“Through our hospitals, services and technology, we are providing the highest quality of health care and have been recognized nationally,” Stern says.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Also offering top medical care in Greater Albuquerque is Presbyterian Healthcare Services, whose Presbyterian Hospital is the largest acute care hospital in New Mexico. In 2011, the Leapfrog Group named Presbyterian Hospital one of 65 top hospitals in the nation for its patient safety and high quality of care.

PHS also operates Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital in Albuquerque, which features surgical and emergency services, and in 2011 opened the $165 million, 66-bed Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho. PHS also oversees more than 25 clinics across the state, which handle 1.2 million patient visits each year.

University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico Hospital is home to the region’s only Level 1 trauma center and offers top treatment and clinical research at its newly constructed $90 million UNM Cancer Center. It is also known for its UNM Children’s Hospital, nationally recognized pain clinics, psychiatric treatment facilities and cardiac treatment care.

The university is constructing the $159 million, 200,000-square-foot Sandoval Regional Medical Center in Rio Rancho that will house 72 inpatient beds at its location near Rio Rancho City Hall and UNM West. In early 2012, Sandoval Regional had already opened a 55,000-square-foot Medical Office Pavilion that accommodates physical therapy, medical education space and 24,000 square feet for primary care and specialty care physician clinic space.

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