News Stories

Local hospital's new push to get help for pregnant drug addicts

KRQE News 13

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - A local hospital is helping pregnant women addicted to opioids.

The "Grace Program" at Lovelace Hospital recently partnered with the Albuquerque Police Department. The partnership allows officers to direct pregnant women suffering from addiction toward free medical help.

"A large number of patients do have behavioral problems, mental health issues, social issues, homelessness, domestic abuse," said Abraham Lichtmacher, Chief of Women's Services.

14th Annual Day of Dance promotes heart health in Albuquerque

KRQE News 13
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A big dance party in Albuquerque got hearts pumping while promoting cardiovascular health. Lovelace Women’s Hospital hosted its 14th Annual Day of Dance at Hotel Albuquerque Saturday afternoon.

Lovelace Day of Dance Returns to ABQ

KRQE News 13

Bring your family and friends to be a part of the biggest dance party for better health in the United States. Dance, listen to music, participate in health screenings and learn about simple and fun ways to stay healthy.

Also, enjoy the Duke City Dance-Off – our version of Dancing with the Stars featuring local celebrities trained by our partner dance studios!

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Hats for heart-health awareness

Roswell Daily Record

Alison Penn Photo Enzo Angel Chavez was welcomed into the world at 8:06 a.m. at Lovelace Regional Hospital by his mother Gabriella Lucero, older brother Dayton Alex Chavez, and family on Tuesday. Enzo is wearing a handmade red hat knitted by a volunteer of the American Heart Association to celebrate American Heart Month and the Go Red for Women movement. Wear Red Day was created to raise awareness national about heart disease, which affects 44 million women.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day Hawaiian style

Roswell Daily Record

The Sweet Leilanis Kipuka Hula celebrate Valentine’s Day by entertaining an audience with Hawaiian dance, chants, and instruments in the lobby of Lovelace Regional Hospital on Wednesday morning. Pictured left Linda Jones, Carol Oas, Silvia Flores, and Laura Power serenade, while Emma Arzola dances in the front. Sandra Licon and Luz White also sang, but are not visible in the image. (Alison Penn Photo)

Flu continues to make impact on area hospitals

KRQE News 13

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s one of the worst flu seasons on record.
“We’ve seen quite an influx of flu patients,” said Meisha Hunt.
Hunt is a registered nurse with Lovelace Downtown and said their hospital has taken a hit from the flu this season.
“Unprecedented numbers which makes for quite a bit of traffic,” she said.
The ER fills up from time to time, and some weeks are better than others, she said.
“We had a little bit of a slow period and now we’re starting to see flu cases popping back up,” said Hunt.

The American Health Council Appoints Theresa Gutierrez, MSN, RN, FNP to Nursing Board

New York citybizlist

NEW YORK, Feb. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Theresa Gutierrez, MSN, RN, FNP, has been appointed to the American Health Council’s Nursing Board. Ms. Gutierrez brings an abundance of experience from spending 21 years working within the healthcare industry. She is currently a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Lovelace Westside Hospital and has been in that role for over a year. She is equipped with skills in Family Medicine, Bariatrics, and Nursing Education.

Limitless Socket designed to help amputees heal

Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Usually months elapse between below-knee amputation surgery and the time that the patient is able to be up and moving about on a prosthesis or artificial leg.

But a device designed by a team of University of New Mexico students promises to significantly reduce that time and enhance the healing process.

Called the Limitless Socket, it is intended to fit on the end of an amputated limb and be connected to a prosthesis, an artificial leg or foot.

Lovelace Hospital’s first baby of 2018

Roswell Daily Record

Baby Enrique was the first baby born at Lovelace Regional Hospital in 2018. He was born on Tuesday at 2:50 p.m. and weighed in at 6 pounds, 14.3 ounces and was 20 inches long.

The family received gifts for the baby donated by Pioneer Bank, Apple Blossom, Barringers, Finishing Touches and House of Flowers.

Lovelace names new CFO

Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gary L. Whittington will become chief financial officer of Lovelace Health System on Jan. 3. Whittington, a certified public accountant, has over 18 years of corporate accounting experience in health care, most recently as the market chief financial officer at Baptist Health System, a division of Tenet Healthcare/Vanguard Health Systems, in San Antonio, Texas, according to a news release from Lovelace.