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Obamacare triggers surge in ER visits

Albuquerque Journal

By Steve Sinovic / Journal Staff Writer

Sunday, February 7th, 2016 at 12:02am

Old habits die hard.

One of the goals when Congress approved Obamacare in 2010 was that fewer people would use expensive emergency room care for everything from sore throats to urinary tract infections.

It hasn’t worked out that way.

Day of Dance Brings Dance, Fun and Health Together

Morning Brew

Morning Brew host and Duke City Dance Off dancer, Dan Mayfield, interivewed Chip Hindi and Kaleb Stratton from Enchantment Dancing on the morning show. Day of Dance will be held Saturday, February 13 at Albuquerque Embassy Suites beginning at 11:00 a.m.


Lovelace Health System welcomes James Washecka as Division CFO

Press Release


Lovelace Health System welcomes James Washecka as Division CFO

ALBUQUERQUE – January 29, 2016 – Lovelace Health System is pleased to announce that James Washecka, FHFMA, MBA, has been named as division chief financial officer, starting March 1.

Lovelace names new division CFO

Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — James Washecka has been named division chief financial officer of Lovelace Health System, starting March 1.

For the past five years, he has been chief financial officer of Hillcrest Hospital South in Tulsa, Okla. Hillcrest South and Lovelace Health System are affiliates of Ardent Health Services.  Washecka was named Ardent’s CFO of the Year in 2012.

Celebrating KAFB’s 75th year

Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Fifty-four area civic and business leaders became the newest members of Kirtland Air Force Base’s Honorary Commanders Program on Friday during a ceremony that officially kicked off the sprawling base’s yearlong 75th anniversary celebration.

Kirtland pegs its birthday as Jan. 7, 1941 – the day construction began on Albuquerque Army Air Base, which started training bomber crews for World War II. Today, Kirtland has hundreds of tenant organizations, including Sandia National Laboratories, and employs nearly 21,000 people.

Lovelace’s Heart Hospital to open $5 million operating room

Albuquerque Journal

By Steve Sinovic / Journal Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 at 4:26pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new hybrid operating room at the Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center means a patient undergoing relatively minor surgery won’t have to be moved to a surgical suite if something more serious occurs.

Lovelace spent nearly $5 million to convert one of its surgical suites to accommodate a combination of imaging equipment and an operating table, enabling surgeons to perform what are called “hybrid” procedures.

Robots to assist in surgeries at new $4.6 million OR at local hospital

Albuquerque Business First

Sal Christ


Albuquerque Business First

Pictured is the new $4.6 million hybrid operating room at the Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center. The OR features robotic technology from GE Healthcare.

According to Katherine Cox, communications manager for Lovelace Health System, the $4.6 million hybrid OR will not only feature technology from GE, but also from Stryker Corp. (NYSE: SYK) — a Fortune 500 medical technology company based in Kalamazoo,

Sheri Milone named one of 130 women leaders to know

Albuquerque Business First

Sheri Milone, CEO of Lovelace Women’s Hospital, has been named one of “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review.

View the original post here.

Medicare makeover

Albuquerque Journal

By Steve Sinovic / Journal Staff Writer
Monday, January 18th, 2016 at 12:02a

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Big changes are coming to Medicare in 2016, and New Mexico’s payers and providers are gearing up to fulfill mandates prescribed by Uncle Sam in both far-reaching and small ways.

Some of the changes won’t affect New Mexicans but, in other cases, patients could see their doctors and hospitals working more closely with each other to help bring speedier medical recoveries for patients over age 65.

Ribbon cut at new Lovelace clinic


Lovelace Medical Group held a ribbon cutting for a new internal medicine and general surgery clinic at St. Joseph's Square in downtown Albuquerque on January 13.

KOAT Channel 7 news covered the story on their morning broadcast:

KRQE Channel 13 news covered the story at lunchtime as well:


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