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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:

2018 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Presbyterian Rust Medical Center Earns Prestigious Baby-Friendly® Designation
In recognition of its commitment to exceptional care and lifelong health benefits for mothers and babies, Presbyterian Rust Medical Center has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly® Designated birth facility for five years from Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. This designation recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

To qualify, a hospital must demonstrate that it has implemented 10 evidence-based practices that support breastfeeding and undergo a rigorous on-site survey. Baby-Friendly® hospitals and birthing facilities must adhere to the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding to receive and retain the designation.


2017 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Presbyterian Hospital Named One of the Nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health. Presbyterian Hospital* was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health.

IBM Watson Health recently released the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2018 study. The annual study, conducted by Truven Health Analytics, now part of IBM Watson Health, identified the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services. The study uses a balanced national scorecard of hospital performance metrics to identify the highest performing cardiovascular service lines in the nation.

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

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.

Presbyterian Hospital Accredited by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer In recognition of its consistent performance in providing quality care to cancer patients, Presbyterian Hospital* was recently accredited for three more years by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.

“Presbyterian is committed to delivering comprehensive, compassionate cancer care,” said Bernard Agbemadzo, MD, medical director, Presbyterian Cancer Care. “We are thrilled to have our accreditation extended for three more years and to have received an Outstanding Achievement Award commendation. This achievement demonstrates our sustained performance in providing high-quality cancer care and commitment to improved outcomes for patients.”

* The accreditation uses 2016 data for inpatient and outpatient cancer care provided at Presbyterian facilities by employed and independent physicians in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Combined data from these facilities were submitted under the umbrella of Presbyterian Hospital.


2016 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

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).


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.​​​​​​

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