Minutes Matter: Don’t Put Your Heart Health on Hold During COVID-19

Minutes Matter: Don’t Put Your Heart Health on Hold During COVID-19

June 3, 2020

When a heart attack strikes, every minute matters. In fact, the first few minutes are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome for the patient. While the world continues to focus on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is still the leading cause of death in the United States – and as such – it’s important to seek care in an emergency.

Memorial Medical Center Eases Visitor Restrictions

Memorial Medical Center Eases Visitor Restrictions

May 29, 2020

Memorial Medical Center (MMC) announced today that it is transitioning from a zero-visitor protocol to limited visitor restrictions as the hospital gradually resumes elective and non-urgent cases and services at its facilities starting June 1st. The decision was made as current projections continue to indicate a lower than expected volume of COVID-19 in the region and after careful review of state and federal guidance. The updated restrictions will now allow only surgical patients to have one visitor.

Visiting Restrictions due to COVID-19

Visiting Restrictions due to COVID-19

May 28, 2020

At Memorial Medical Center, our top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community. We continue to closely monitor the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and follow state and federal guidance as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients. As current projections continue to indicate a lower than expected volume of COVID-19 in our region, effective June 1st, we are easing our visitor policy as follows: • Surgical patients will be limited to one WELL visitor. • All visitors must be 18 years of age or older, will be screened upon entry and will be required to wear a mask and armband at all times while in the facility. • Visitors who do not pass the screening at entry will not be allowed to enter. • Visitors are NOT allowed for high-risk, isolation, immunocompromised or respiratory patients who are under observation or test positive for COVID-19. • We continue to screen everyone who enters our facilities for symptoms consistent with COVID-19, per CDC guidelines. • Please utilize alternative methods of communication, including technology, with patients as much as possible. Signage is being posted around the facility notifying visitors and the community of these new restrictions and guidelines. Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation as we work to maintain a safe environment for our patients and team.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During COVID-19

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During COVID-19

May 28, 2020

When it comes to protecting ourselves during the current COVID-19 pandemic, it can be easy to focus exclusively on physical health – making sure we are following CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing and doing everything we can to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe and healthy. All those things are very important. But there is another important facet of our health that we should not ignore during this time – our mental health. National Mental Health Month is observed each May to provide a platform for discussing mental health and raising awareness of the important role it plays in our lives. This May, as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, it is more essential than ever.

Memorial Minute - May 28, 2020

Memorial Minute - May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

Memorial Medical Center (MMC) will receive one of three graduate medical education grants from the New Mexico Human Service Department (NMHSD). MMC will create a new general psychiatry program that will add three residents per year for a total of 12 new residency positions. Behavioral health professionals are an integral piece to providing safe, high-quality primary healthcare. We are honored to be selected and appreciate the opportunity to partner with the NMHSD in this vital program. Research shows 50-75 percent of medical residents stay within 100 miles of their residency program, therefore, investments yield significant returns for physicians-in-training, local economies and communities. The new psychiatrists trained through this program will help address a national shortage while improving the overall health of patients in our community. Also within our community, our partners at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine will receive one of the other graduate medical education grants to expand their primary care residency program.

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