Lovelace Medical Center performs the first concomitant TIF® procedure in Northern New Mexico for the treatment of long-term reflux


ALBUQUERQUE – August 8, 2023 – Lovelace Medical Group (LMG) General Surgeon Dr. David Hoang performed a concomitant TIF® procedure combining hiatal hernia repair with the DaVinci Xi system at Lovelace Medical Center (LMC), making it the first to be completed in Northern New Mexico. The TIF procedure is an advanced treatment option for patients suffering from chronic acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and has been found to reduce recovery time, pain and less visible scarring. 

The Dance of Breastfeeding, Bonding and Sensory Stimulation

Eliza Schmidt, RN, IBCLC

Breastfeeding helps mom and baby bond, starting when baby is a fetus inside the womb

Developing senses inside the womb

A fetus’s senses start to develop in the womb in preparation for brain development and growth. We know through ultrasound that a baby experiences the sense of touch in-utero long before he/she is born. When a pregnant mom rubs her belly, her fetus can feel the vibration.

SCOR Orthopaedics/Lovelace Medical Group earns MRI reaccreditation


ROSWELL, N.M. (August 3, 2023) – SCOR Orthopaedics/Lovelace Medical Group (SCOR/LMG) has been granted a three-year term of reaccreditation, for the fifth term in a row, by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in MRI in the area of Musculoskeletal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), demonstrating its ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care.

Lovelace Medical Group Announces Retirement of Chief Executive Officer Dr. John Cruickshank


Cruickshank 30+ year career in medicine leaves a lasting impact of provider growth in New Mexico, helped to close gaps in care across the state

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (August 4, 2023) – Lovelace Medical Group today announced the retirement John M. Cruickshank D.O., MBA, CPE, chief executive officer, effective August 31, 2023. Lovelace will conduct a national executive search for his successor.

Back to School Tips to Help with Your Kids' Sleep

Mornings before school can be tough, especially at the start of the school year as kids adjust to changes in their sleep schedule. Donna Whalen, FNP-C, with Lovelace Medical Group has some tips if your kids are having trouble with healthy sleep habits after summer break: “It is so important to have basic routines for our children, including set bed and wake-up times, limiting electronics near bedtime, and eliminating naps after school.”

Lovelace Westside Hospital receives American Heart Association “Get With The Guidelines” Award for Stroke Treatment


ALBUQUERQUE – July 21, 2023 – Lovelace Westside Hospital (LWSH) has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke GOLD PLUS and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Role quality achievement award for its in-hospital program improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines.

This award recognizes Lovelace’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.

Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center and Lovelace Medical Center receive American Heart Association “Get With The Guidelines” Awards


ALBUQUERQUE – July 20, 2023 – Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center (Heart Hospital) has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure GOLD PLUS with Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll Honor while Lovelace Medical Center earned the Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke GOLD PLUS with Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll, both for the 11th consecutive year.

ER and NICU teams act quickly when the unexpected happens to first-time parents

Everything was going as planned.

A few weeks into the third trimester, Elizabeth and Jose Villar went to her regular obstetrician appointment, hoping to hear more about when their twins would be born.

“You should expect to go full-term with your babies,” said the obstetrician, “but we may induce you a week or two earlier to guard against any complications since this is your first pregnancy.”

How to Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer

By Latha Shankar, Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico

Summer in New Mexico means spending time outside enjoying activities that make New Mexico such a wonderful place to live. In moderation, sun exposure can be beneficial by enhancing bone health, improving sleep and easing mild depression. However, even after a short period of direct exposure, the sun’s rays can become more harmful than helpful.

Lovelace Women’s Hospital Achieves Four SRC Center of Excellence Accreditations


ALBUQUERQUE – June 28, 2023 – Lovelace Women’s Hospital is the first hospital in New Mexico to achieve four Center of Excellence Accreditations from Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), including accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Surgery and re-accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Hernia Surgery, Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology and a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery.