January 21, 2019
Starting with this issue, I will be writing a weekly update we’re calling “Memorial Minute” instead of the monthly multi-page Memorial CEO Newsletter I have been sending in the past. Most of us start our day, or end it, with a look at news briefs on our mobile device. Just as the major news sources now send Twitter updates and news briefs which allow you to grab the news at a glance, we have decided to send out Memorial updates in a quick-read, single page, once-a-week format. We hope you like this new, abbreviated format.
December 20, 2018
We are now approaching the end of 2018, and the completion of my fifth year as CEO
of Memorial Medical Center. “Quality” and ”Safety” have been the guiding priorities in
every decision that I’ve made in each of the last five years. These priorities apply not
only to our patients but to our very valued employees as well. We are an integrated
team composed of our Board of Trustees, medical staff and employees who actively
support each other in the provision of high quality care, and a safe working
environment. I have promised the people of Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico that
Memorial Medical Center will evolve from a community hospital to an integrated
regional medical referral center.
November 20, 2018
I love this time a year! It is a special time to celebrate with both my family at home, and my family at Memorial Medical Center. It is a time of thanksgiving. In November 2013, five years ago this month, I had the honor of becoming the CEO of Memorial Medical Center. I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of our Board of Trustees, medical staff and employees throughout the Memorial healthcare system, who have dedicated themselves to ”making our community healthier”.
November 10, 2018
Diabetes is one of the biggest health issues facing Americans today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. That’s one in 10 Americans. And one in four of those who have it don’t know they have it. These are troubling statistics, particularly because diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.
November 9, 2018
If you’re like many people, you may think of smoking as the most obvious cause for lung cancer. And while cigarette smoking has certainly been established as a major risk factor and the number one cause for lung cancer, it’s important to note that lung cancer is not just a “smoker’s disease.” In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lung cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the U.S. and the leading cause of cancer death. As many as 20 percent of lung cancer fatalities can be attributed to those who have never smoked or used any form of tobacco, according to an article published by the American Cancer Society.
November 7, 2018
LifePoint Health, a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®, has contributed $100,000 toward recovery and relief efforts following Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
October 26, 2018
We will celebrate our first Bariatric Ball on Friday, October 26. The event will feature surgical weight loss patients modeling their new, healthy selves in fashions from Emerald Isle and Dillards. The evening will celebrate these patients who have used bariatric surgery as a tool to gain a new, fuller life. I couldn’t be more proud of Dr. Frank Felts and his team at Memorial Weight Loss Center for the work they have done to put together the region’s most comprehensive weight loss program. In just over a year, they received accreditation as a “Comprehensive Bariatric Center” from the national accrediting organization. Most of all, congratulations to these patients who have made such an amazing transformation! Please join us to celebrate their success.
October 2, 2018
According to the American Cancer Society, by the end of 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will have been diagnosed in women, and about 63,960 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS – non-invasive and the earliest form of breast cancer) will have been diagnosed. With these estimates in mind, a woman currently has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. These statistics continue to make breast cancer the most common cancer among women, second only to skin cancer.
October 2, 2018
Need to pay a bill? Just click. Want to purchase a new appliance? Click. Send a party invite to a group? Click. The forward march of online technology continues to make our lives easier and free up more time for other activities. But with increased convenience comes increased risk of identity theft and an online attack on your finances and other confidential information. We all play a crucial role in making sure that our online experience is as secure as possible. It’s a good idea to use some of the extra time that online technology allows to take some simple, proactive steps to help ensure that you’re doing all you can to keep you, your family and your workplace safe online.
October 2, 2018
We are tremendously proud to be affiliated with LifePoint Health®, a company that holds quality patient care as a guiding principle in every decision it makes. Healthcare is an ever-changing environment. It takes savvy and wise leadership to provide the highest quality care at the right time, in the right place, and at the right cost. Bill Carpenter, CEO and Chairman of LifePoint Health, is this kind of leader. It comes as a distinct honor that Bill Carpenter was once again identified by Modern Healthcare as one of this year’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in the United States.