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.
With expanded services at the Lovelace Westside Hospital and more physicians working for the Lovelace Medical Group, Lovelace is working to provide convenience and innovation for patients who live in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque’s West Side.
Lovelace Medical Group Women’s Services opened earlier this month on the hospital campus. Services available include annual exams, prenatal care, pregnancy testing and minimally invasive gynecology surgery.
Joe Sanchez, a jocular 84-year-old retired U.S. Army lieutenant, was vacuuming inside his Uptown home on the hot, sunny afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 13, while Sally, his wife of more than 60 years, was dusting in the kitchen and living room.
Suddenly, Joe experienced a back pain so shocking, unprecedented and severe he had to stop and sit down. When he began to moan, their son Bruce told his mother to call 911.
Dr. Frank Hesse of Albuquerque is a retired general surgeon, the former chairman of the state Health Policy Commission and one of the founders of a nonprofit organization that recruits health care providers to New Mexico.
And he’s had trouble finding a primary care physician.
“An awful lot of people are looking for doctors and people are calling me,” Hesse said recently. “I’m in the same boat, and I’m a physician.”