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Awards, Accomplishments, and Recognitions

Presbyterian Healthcare Services and Rust Medical Center are recognized as leaders in the healthcare field. Some of the awards received recently include:

2017 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Presbyterian as Best Regional Hospital. Presbyterian Hospital* was recently named a “Best Regional Hospital” for 2017-2018 and was recognized for high performance in colon cancer surgery and hip and knee replacements by U.S. News & World Report. It is the only hospital in New Mexico to receive the Best Regional Hospital designation. The distinction recognizes Presbyterian’s three Central New Mexico hospitals – Presbyterian Hospital, Presbyterian Rust Medical Center and Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital. For 2017-18, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. Of those, only 1,254 hospitals were rated as high performing in one or more specialties, procedures or conditions. Hospitals that achieved high performing ratings for at least three types of care are designated as Best Regional Hospitals – only about 12 percent of hospitals evaluated met the criteria.

*Combined data from all three Presbyterian Central New Mexico hospitals were submitted under the umbrella of Presbyterian Hospital.

2016 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

National Study: Presbyterian Named America’s 100 Best for Multiple Clinical Areas. Presbyterian Hospital* has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, Joint Replacement Surgery, Stroke Care, and Pulmonary Care.

Presbyterian’s achievement is part of findings released on October 18, 2016 in the Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation. Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. It identified the 100 best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures evaluated within Orthopedics, Neurology, and Pulmonary Care. Healthgrades found that patients treated at hospitals receiving the America's 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award have, on average, a 60.3 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.

*Combined data from all three Presbyterian Central New Mexico hospitals—Presbyterian Hospital, Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital and Presbyterian Rust Medical Center— were submitted under the umbrella of Presbyterian Hospital.

Presbyterian Recognized by Healthgrades for Excellence in Eight Specialties. Presbyterian Hospital* has been recognized by Healthgrades for 21 distinctions in eight areas of care, including cardiac, orthopedic, neurologic, pulmonary, vascular, gastrointestinal, critical care, and prostate surgery.  Earlier this year, Healthgrades named Presbyterian a 2016 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence. It was also the only hospital in New Mexico named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, Joint Replacement and Stroke Care in 2016. These distinctions put Presbyterian in the top ten percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide evaluated by Healthgrades for the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

*Combined data from all three Presbyterian Central New Mexico hospitals—Presbyterian Hospital, Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital and Presbyterian Rust Medical Center— were submitted under the umbrella of Presbyterian Hospital.

Presbyterian Receives HFMA’s MAP Award for Second Consecutive Year. For the second year in a row, Presbyterian Healthcare Services (Presbyterian) received the MAP Award for High Performance in Revenue Cycle, sponsored by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

In healthcare, revenue cycle includes the capture, management and collection of patient service revenue—from the time a patient makes an appointment to when the balance is paid.

Presbyterian was among 13 winners selected from nearly 170 facilities for this year’s award, which was formally presented on June 26 at HFMA’s 2016 National Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada.

U.S. News & World Report Names Presbyterian Best Regional Hospital. Presbyterian Hospital* was recently named a “Best Regional Hospital” for 2016-17 and was recognized for high performance in colon cancer surgery, treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, hip and knee replacements and heart failure procedures by U.S. News & World Report.

The distinction recognizes Presbyterian’s three Central New Mexico hospitals – Presbyterian Hospital, Presbyterian Rust Medical Center and Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital.

For 2016-17, 1,628 hospitals received a high performing rating in one or more specialties, procedures or conditions. Hospitals that achieved high performing ratings for at least four types of care are designated as Best Regional Hospitals—only about 10 percent of hospitals evaluated met the criteria.

*Combined data from all three Presbyterian Central New Mexico hospitals were submitted under the umbrella of Presbyterian Hospital.

Presbyterian Rust Medical Center Bariatric Program Earns National Accreditation. Patients seeking surgical options for severe obesity and related conditions can now receive treatment from a nationally accredited program at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.

Presbyterian’s bariatric program has recently been accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Healthgrades Names Presbyterian One of America’s 100 Best for Orthopedic Surgery, Joint Replacement and Stroke Care. In addition to being recognized by Healthgrades as a 2016 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence, Presbyterian Hospital* is also the only hospital in New Mexico to be named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals for orthopedic surgery, joint replacement and stroke care by Healthgrades. This distinction puts Presbyterian in the top 2 percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide evaluated by Healthgrades for the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

“Presbyterian is committed to providing quality care,” said Kathy Davis, RN, senior vice president and chief experience officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “We are proud to be recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for orthopedic surgery, joint replacement and stroke care. We are grateful to our caring and talented physicians, nurses and staff who made this distinction possible.”


2015 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

U.S. News & World Report Names Presbyterian Best Regional Hospital. On July 21, Presbyterian Hospital* was rated a “Best Regional Hospital” in recognition of high performance in knee and hip replacement and heart failure procedures by U.S. News & World Report.

The distinction recognizes Presbyterian’s three Central New Mexico hospitals – Presbyterian Hospital, Presbyterian Rust Medical Center and Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital.

U.S. News evaluated more than 4,600 hospitals in five common inpatient procedures and medical conditions – heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – and rated them high performers, average or below average.  Presbyterian was one of only 378 that achieved a “High Performing” rating for at least two of the five conditions or procedures.

“The Best Regional Hospital rating recognizes our commitment to providing safe, quality care for our patients,” said Kathy Davis, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “This achievement would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our providers and staff.”


2014 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Two Presbyterian Hospitals Receive 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award. In recognition of their commitments to patient safety, Presbyterian Hospital and Presbyterian Rust Medical Center (RMC) were each named a Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group at its Annual Meeting and Top Hospital Awards on Dec. 2 in Washington D.C.

Presbyterian Hospital and RMC were among only 94 hospitals in the nation – from a field of more than 1,400 – to receive the 2014 Top Hospital distinction. They were also the only two hospitals in New Mexico to receive this distinction. The Top Hospital recognition is given to fewer than seven percent of all eligible hospitals.

Presbyterian Receives The Joint Commission's 'Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®' Recognition. Recently four Presbyterian Healthcare Services' hospitals were each named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

The Top Performer distinction is for Presbyterian's three Central New Mexico hospitals – Presbyterian Hospital, Presbyterian Rust Medical Center and Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital – which were recognized for attaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

CDC Awards $2.9 Million Grant to Presbyterian Community Health Program. Presbyterian Healthcare Services was awarded a three-year, $2.9 million federal grant to focus on improving community health in the International District of Albuquerque and the South Valley of Bernalillo County.

The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) award is part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) administers the grant. REACH, which began in 1999, focuses on racial and ethnic communities experiencing health disparities.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services Recognized for "BOLD" Leadership. Presbyterian Healthcare Services was recently named one of the 10 highest ranking health systems in the country for leadership development by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.  Presbyterian was recognized as a "BOLD" healthcare organization that uses evidence-based leadership development practices to achieve excellence and improve the quality of healthcare in our community.

Presbyterian Receives 2014 Most Wired Award for Excellence in Information Technology. Presbyterian Healthcare Services recently received Hospitals & Health Networks' 2014 Most Wired award. The award recognized 375 organizations nationwide that have created the technical infrastructure necessary to support robust clinical information systems. Presbyterian was one of two organizations recognized in New Mexico.​​​​​​