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Presbyterian Healthcare Services Turns 104 and Rust Medical Center Celebrates First Birthday

October 22, 2012

​ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Tomorrow, October 24, Presbyterian Healthcare Services officially marks 104 years of service to New Mexico and Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho, Presbyterian’s newest hospital, celebrates its first birthday.

In 1908, the Reverend Hugh Cooper founded the Southwestern Presbyterian Sanatorium for tuberculosis patients. It was a tiny, five-bedroom cottage in Albuquerque where Presbyterian Hospital on Central Avenue still stands today. Now, Presbyterian is New Mexico’s largest not-for-profit healthcare system with eight hospitals across the state, a medical group and a health plan.

This week, Rust Medical Center welcomed its 1,000th baby. Since opening, Rust Medical Center has performed almost 4,000 surgeries, seen more than 28,000 patients in the emergency room and admitted 4,624 patients to the hospital.

About Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of eight hospitals, a medical group and health plan. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state’s second-largest private employer with more than 10,000 employees.


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