MMC Named "Best Hospital" for Tenth Year

January 15, 2013

January 15, 2013—In April of 2012, MMC Cancer Center’s Ikard Radiation Oncology earned accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR) and The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). This made them the only accredited facility in southern New Mexico and one of only two in the state. Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs were all assessed and met the standards required for this recognition.

            In August, MMC received full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Thank you to the team for all of their heard work! To receive accreditation, MMC underwent an evaluation for our ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be having a heart attack and to integrate the most successful practices and newest technologies. This includes measures such as how quickly we get patients from the door to the Catheterization Lab and how we are actively involved in community outreach programs that educate the public about heart health.

            At the end of 2012, MMC’s Total Joint Replacement Program earned the Gold Seal of Approval for Hip and Knee Joint Replacement from The Joint Commission. This certification shows all of our community members that MMC continues to provide quality healthcare and shows our commitment to a higher standard of service. The program includes an interdisciplinaryteam of professionals–orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, specially-trained nurses and patient care technicians, physical therapists and case managers–who work together to develop and implement treatment plans for each patient.

            MMC continues to implement their Interpretation Services plan. We partner with the National Center of Interpretation Testing Research and Policy at the University of Arizona to bolster language access services. The language access plan includes training MMC Team Members as medical interpreters, providing live video interpretation services and assuring accurate translation of documents and forms.

            MMC continues to be committed to the local community. In 2012, they provided their annual free flu shot clinic in October, where over 2,400 adults received their immunization. MMC also partners with many community organizations to make a difference, such as the American Red Cross, March of Dimes and NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink.

            MMC partnered with the Reading Foundation of Dona Ana County to launch the “Books for Babies” program that encourages parents to read to their newborns. Last year, MMC expanded efforts to improve literacy in our community when MMC’s Family Medicine Clinic started the Reach Out and Read program that encourages children 6 months–5 years old to interact with books and sends them home with a book after every well-child visit.

            “Our team has accomplished a lot over the past year. We are excited that their dedication and hard work are being recognized with this award,” said CEO Paul Herzog. “Congratulations and thank you to our team members, physicians, volunteers and board members for their efforts during the past year.”