July 2018 CEO Newsletter

July 17, 2018

It is well-known that there is a significant shortage of Primary Care physicians in New Mexico. To help address that issue, Memorial opened up a Family Medicine Residency Program more than 20 years ago. For the majority of those years, Dr. John Andazola has been the Medical Director of the Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program. The Residency boasts a 70% rate for graduates practicing in New Mexico. Dr. Andazola has been a highly successful and inspiring leader, recognized with numerous awards across the country for his work to address population health issues and access to health for underserved populations, among others. This month, LifePoint Health selected Dr. Andazola the LifePoint Physician Leader of the Year out of all the physicians at our 71-hospital corporation. We are incredibly proud to have Dr. John Andazola…one of the nation’s best…guiding and teaching the family physicians of the future right here at Memorial!

Keep Your Cool: How to Prevent Heat-Related Illness This Summer

July 6, 2018

The pools are splashing. Campgrounds and ball fields are hopping. And the highways are filled with families heading out to spend quality time at beaches, mountains and other fun destinations across the country. All of this outdoor activity can only mean one thing – summer has officially arrived! And while now can be the perfect time to enjoy fun in the sun and fill up on vitamin D, it’s important to take the proper precautions against getting overheated as the temperatures climb this time of year.

Colon Cancer Screening Age Lowered

July 6, 2018

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has recently released updated guidelines that lower the recommended age for colon cancer screening. According to the new ACS recommendations, those at average risk for colon cancer should begin screening at age 45 instead of 50. The new guidelines were put in place following a major data review that showed a rising rate of colon cancer in adults younger than 50.

June 2018 CEO Newsletter

June 29, 2018

It was an incredible honor and heartwarming experience to share the Ribbon Cutting at our new Memorial Cancer Center with a room filled with more than 100 guests. In the audience were survivors and their families, Memorial staff, members of the Press, the Chambers, and public, and dignitaries including Governor Martinez and Dr. Cheryl Willman, of UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. So many of our guests expressed gratitude for the investment we have made in nationally accredited cancer care – right here at home. To make the front page of both local newspapers is quite an honor, and speaks to the importance of this Cancer Center in making our southern New Mexico communities healthier.

May 2018 CEO Newsletter

May 23, 2018

We are proud of the fact that Memorial has the most comprehensive cancer program in southern New Mexico, right here in Las Cruces. When faced with a cancer diagnosis, patients don’t have to leave home to receive the highest standard of cancer care. Memorial Cancer Center has provided care for more than 50,000 patients in our region for more than 20 years. We recently completed a year-long remodel and expansion with more than 25,000 square feet dedicated solely to cancer care.

National Hospital Week Celebrates Everyday Heroes

May 9, 2018

Each year, National Hospital Week provides an opportunity to recognize and thank the more than 5 million healthcare professionals who provide safe, high-quality healthcare in their communities. On May 6-12, Memorial Medical Center will join the American Hospital Association in celebrating these “Everyday Heroes” for their dedication, compassion, and commitment to excellence.

April 2018 CEO Newsletter

April 25, 2018

It is a source of great pride that LifePoint Health received the prestigious John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award this year for its National Quality Program. That puts LifePoint in the company of Harvard Medical School, Mayo Clinic, and American College of Surgeons, among others. LifePoint Health and Memorial’s healthcare team is committed to achieving the highest quality of care for our patients by partnering with our doctors and other professionals, as well as the Duke Health System.

Patient Experience Op-Ed The Heart of the Patient Experience

April 3, 2018

Memorial Medical Center’s mission is Making Communities Healthier, and that starts with providing the highest quality care possible to you, our neighbors in this wonderful community we call home. A big part of delivering healthcare you can count on is creating positive experiences for our patients and their families – starting from the moment you walk through our doors. Ensuring positive patient experiences has always been and will continue to be a top priority for us.

2018 CEO Newsletter

March 23, 2018

LifePoint Health, and each hospital in our corporate family, is dedicated to our Mission, Vision, and High Five Guiding Principles. Each year, one exceptional hospital in each of LifePoint’s three regions is recognized with a High Five Award. This year, Memorial’s executive team was extremely proud to receive the LifePoint High Five Award for the Western Region.

Nutrition Month - Go Further with Food

March 2, 2018

“You are what you eat.” We’ve all heard it, and many of us have jokingly used the common saying amongst one another. But there really is a kernel of truth there. Eating healthy can help us be healthy. There’s never a bad time to talk about healthy eating, but March is an especially good opportunity because it’s National Nutrition Month® – a time to focus on making smart food choices, establishing healthy eating habits and ensuring that we are doing what we can to reduce food waste. Did you know that it’s estimated that an average 300 pounds of food per person is thrown away each year? This year’s theme from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is “Go Further with Food” – a reminder for all of us to get the most out of what we eat while wasting the least. Here are a few simple ways you can help make your food go further.

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