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Lovelace Westside Hospital, Lovelace Regional Hospital earn “A” scoring from Leapfrog


ALBUQUERQUE, May 15, 2018 — Lovelace Westside Hospital and Lovelace Regional Hospital both earned “A” grades from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for Spring 2018.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only independent ratings program that focuses exclusively on how effectively hospitals keep their patients safe, making it the gold standard measure of patient safety focusing on patient infections, including falls and trauma, and preventable complications from surgery.

Habitat for Humanity: Building for the future

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - By the end of the day Friday, more than 100 female volunteers will have spent about 500 hours building a house for an Albuquerque mom.

In just the first five days, the women helped go from just a slab of cement to nearly finishing the walls and structure of the entire first floor.

“The progress that we've made is pretty amazing,” said Bill Reilly, construction manager for Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity.

New Mexico's midwife programs garner national attention

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A study published in February highlights New Mexico as having more successful midwife programs than most of the country.

A group of researchers ranked New Mexico second in the U.S. when it comes to the high number of midwives, and low number of pregnancy-related complications. “New Mexico as a state with its high number of midwives practicing here, has some of the lowest cesarean birth rates around the country,” said Dr. Abraham Lichtmacher, Chief of Women’s Services with Lovelace Health System.

Albuquerque woman in need of kidney transplant finds match with co-worker

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - An Albuquerque woman has been battling a kidney disease for most of her life. Recently her prognosis worsened and she found out she needed a transplant.

After asking friends, Helen Nielsen, said it was a co-worker who stepped in and said: "Where do I sign up?"

Lovelace Medical Center only hospital in NM with robotic navigation for spine surgery

Press Release


ALBUQUERQUE – April 18, 2018 –Lovelace Medical Center has acquired the ExcelsiusGPS™ robotic guidance and navigation spine surgery platform. This technology helps reduce blood loss, muscle damage, and is typically a faster recovery for patients. It also provides increased accuracy, less invasive procedures and a reduction of radiation to patients, surgeons and staff.

Longtime Lovelace Hospital volunteer celebrates 95th birthday

KRQE News 13

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - There was a special birthday celebration at Lovelace Women's Hospital on Thursday. Virginia Mcelyea has volunteered at Lovelace since she was 65 years old.

Thursday, she turned 95. Surrounded by family and coworkers, Ginny rang in another year with cake in the hospital's cafeteria.

"It's a good place to work and I enjoy coming on Thursday and I will come until I drop dead. Hope it's not next year," said Mcelyea, laughing.

Lovelace Offers Help for Expectant Moms with Substance Abuse

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Lovelace Offers Help for Expectant Moms with Substance Abuse

By: Art Barron Updated: Apr 06, 2018 11:54 AM MDT

Lovelace Women's Clinic wants people to know about its G.R.A.C.E. program.

It's designed to help expecting moms who are struggling with substance abuse.

Giving Respect and Compassion to Expecting moms (G.R.A.C.E) delivers care with respect and heartfelt compassion to pregnant women and their families living with substance use or dependency, including opioids.

Good Day New Mexico

Dr. Lichtmacher discusses the Lovelace Women's Hospital G.R.A.C.E. program

Grieving mother donates 'Cuddle Cot' to help others

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Grieving mother donates 'Cuddle Cot' to help others

By: Allison Martinez
Updated: Apr 10, 2018 06:04 PM MDT

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - Warning: Story contains images of a stillborn baby

Lovelace Hospital will be one of the first hospitals in southeastern New Mexico to have a "Cuddle Cot," giving grieving couples more time with their stillborn babies.

A little more than a year ago, Emily Pennington was in a position she never expected.

Saving G.R.A.C.E.: New program helps women with addictions

Albuquerque Journal

By Rosalie Rayburn / Journal Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 12:05am

Women from all over New Mexico come to deliver their babies at Lovelace Women’s Hospital in Albuquerque and many of them are struggling with opioid addictions that can harm their unborn children.

“Everyone realized that this problem is growing in this country and it’s a huge issue in New Mexico,” said hospital CEO Sheri Milone.