Lovelace Westside Hospital Expands Care

By Rosalie Rayburn / Journal Staff Writer

Lovelace Westside Hospital has recently expanded its range of care options with the addition of a wound care clinic and new services for women.

The wound care clinic opened in October with two staffers who are certified by the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy, occupational therapist Ann Marie Santoyo and physical therapist Angela Arbelaez.

They provide specialized treatment to patients referred by a physician for diabetic wounds, venous ulcers, post-trauma wounds, surgical incisions and other chronic or acute types of wounds.

“It’s a very skilled level that a lot of patients need,” said physical therapist Robert Gallegos, Lovelace Westside Hospital therapy manager.

Education is also an important component in helping patients, or their care givers, get information on how to change dressings or perform other care in the absence of a therapist.

This type of care helps shorten a patient’s stay in the hospital and prevent readmissions, Gallegos said.

The clinic is now the only one of its kind in the Lovelace hospital system. 

New women’s center

And beginning in January, Lovelace Medical Group Women’s Services has opened a health care center in the West Mesa Professional building on the Lovelace Westside Hospital campus.

Certified Nurse Midwife Janet Hardt, left, uses a doppler to check the baby of Jill and Chris Hollie of Albuquerque at the Lovelace Medical Group Women’s Health Services center on the campus of Lovelace Westside Hospital at Golf Course and McMahon. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Lovelace Westside Hospital began offering birthing services in 2011. The new facility extends the range of care options available on the West Side, said Dr. Abraham Lichtmacher, chief of Women’s Services for the Lovelace Health System.

The new center is the second Women’s Health Services facility. The first one opened late last year at 4705 Montgomery NE adjacent to Lovelace Women’s Hospital in Albuquerque. It brings services like annual exams, prenatal care, pregnancy testing and minimally invasive gynecology surgery to the West Side location.

“Being in a centrally located facility such as this is convenient for the patient coming here for her prenatal care but also for her hospital care when the time comes,” Lichtmacher said.

He said staff at the new center is equipped to work with women whose pregnancies are considered low risk. Patients who may have complications and may have to deliver early in their pregnancy will require the more advanced care offered at the facility on Montgomery.

Dr. Gary Pugh in the exam room at the new Lovelace Medical Group Women’s Services clinic on the campus of Lovelace Westside Hospital. The clinic offers services such as annual exams, prenatal care and pregnancy testing. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

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