RUIDOSO, N.M. – Cardiologist Dr. Harold Sunderman wants to help more patients with heart conditions stay close to home in Lincoln County for the care they need.
Dr. Sunderman, who has practiced general cardiology at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque since 2008, also provided cardiac care a few times per month at Lincoln County Medical Center (LCMC) since 2010. Dr. Sunderman has moved his practice to Ruidoso and will now have increased availability.
He is currently providing stress and heart arrhythmia testing, heart ultrasounds and pacemaker monitoring services to help diagnose and treat some of the most common cardiac concerns.
When the new LCMC opens in fall 2019, Dr. Sunderman expects to also provide nuclear stress testing, which uses radioactive dye and an imaging machine to create pictures showing blood flow to the heart. The test can reveal areas with poor blood flow or damage in the heart, and may be used to diagnose coronary artery disease or help guide treatment. LCMC will be the only facility in Lincoln County to provide this service.
"We are thrilled to have Dr. Sunderman join us full time at Lincoln County Medical Center," said Dr. Stephen Otero, medical director, LCMC. "Thanks to his expertise, many heart patients can be diagnosed and treated right here in Ruidoso."
Dr. Sunderman completed his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and his internal medicine internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Before joining Presbyterian, he served as medical director for Lovelace Health Plan and as an internal medicine physician with Lovelace Health Systems.
About Lincoln County Medical Center
Lincoln County Medical Center is a county-owned facility that has been leased and operated by Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 1972. This partnership is dedicated to improving the health of individuals, families and communities in Ruidoso and Lincoln County. Lincoln County Medical Center and Presbyterian Healthcare Services operate a hospital, a primary care and specialty clinic, three rural clinics and a countywide ambulance service in Lincoln County. Lincoln County Medical Center is one of eight hospitals run by Presbyterian, which also has a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group.