“I saw some of the other nurses wearing them and I asked, ‘Where do you get those?’” Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center charge nurse, Jessica Jewell, RN, recalls of the moment she finally had to stop and ask. What began in 2013 spread like wildflowers, as brightly-colored badge clips resembling the Lovelace daisy were popping up on nurse badges everywhere. “At least half to three-fourths of the nurses have them. When there’s new inventory, the word spreads fast and then they’re gone again.”
Overtime, the highlights, influential people, unforgettable moments and pivotal turning points over a 50-year career blend together like a mosaic. Step back and you see a single image.
“I think everything has stayed the same, even though there have been many changes,” shares Jo Temer, who retired from Lovelace Medical Center in 2016 as a project coordinator with the education department.
“That’s what I enjoyed the most – the constant change,” adds Gale Hall, who retired from Lovelace Health System as the manager of accounts payable.
Reina Valdez, RN, didn’t expected to one day lead a team of nurses as the manager of Labor and Delivery at Lovelace Regional Hospital - Roswell. In fact, she never expected to be a nurse. “After I graduated high school,” she explains, “I became a certified medical assistant. That’s where I started a medical career, but I thought I was certain I didn’t want to be a nurse.”
“I grew up in Albuquerque,” shares Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital physical therapist, Lindsey Borders, DPT. “Lovelace has always been one of the big hospitals in town.” Though Lindsey didn’t think of Lovelace at the time as the place she would build her career helping people, the at-a-distance familiarity with the health system became more tangible while nearing graduation from the University of New Mexico’s doctoral physical therapy program. “Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital team members spoke to our class. It sounded like a good opportunity.
Is your best friend having a baby? What is it you need to know to support this new mom or dad in your life? How will you keep your friendship through this new stage? What happens when photos from outings with your friend are replaced with baby photos on their refrigerator? Having a baby is most often a joyous time, but we can forget the amount of work that goes into becoming a new mother or father, especially if we haven’t experienced it ourselves.
Nursing is very much a part of who Lovelace Westside Hospital Director of Nursing Denise Campbell, RNC-OB, BSN, is today and has been most of her life. She vividly remembers the smell of a hospital, where at the age of 16 she waited for a newborn family member to make it safely out of open heart surgery.
“I knew that I wanted to be that person who was helping,” she explains. “Two weeks after I graduated from high school, I went into the nursing program.”
ALBUQUERQUE, JANUARY 11, 2017 — Lovelace Health System and UNM Medical Group, Inc., are partnering to deliver enhanced state-of-the-art rehabilitation services to New Mexico patients recovering from health care conditions such as stroke, brain injury and musculoskeletal disorders.
Hospital is first in state to receive COERS designation, signifying world-class safety and quality
Albuquerque, N.M. ─ January , 2017 ─ Lovelace Women’s Hospital has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) by Surgical Review Corporation. It is the first hospital in the state of New Mexico to receive this designation.
Albert Einstein once said: “There are two ways to live. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.” For many us living the rush of the day-to-day, we don’t often stop to think about miracles around us. Albert Einstein had a different perspective on life than most, born premature in 1879. One hundred years later in 1979, Mary Bixler, RN, started her career as a nurse, passionate for caring for the youngest and smallest of patients, miracles in many ways. “Working in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has been my dream job for a long time,” she shares.
Parenting…..that huge sea of responsibility, joy and questions! The art and skills of parenthood actually start right away. Taking a course while pregnant is not too early, and taking a class after baby is just fine too. Only good can come from learning more about you and your baby.