RUIDOSO, N.M. – In recognition of its commitment to patient quality and safety, Lincoln County Medical Center has earned several awards from the New Mexico Hospital Association (NMHA) and HealthInsight New Mexico.
LCMC earned the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) Award from the NMHA for two years of performance improvement evidenced by measurements of quality and patient safety. The award was presented on September 25, 2018 at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the NMHA in Albuquerque.
LCMC is one of fifteen New Mexico hospitals recognized for excellence during the 2016-2018 phase of HIIN. The multi-year program supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services aims to ensure better care for individuals and populations throughout the state. LCMC was recognized for significant improvement in decreasing the number of hospital readmissions and adverse drug reactions.
In addition to the HIIN award, LCMC was one of eight New Mexico hospitals to earn the 2018 HealthInsight Hospital Quality Award. HealthInsight Quality Award hospital recipients are recognized for their high performance on quality of care outcome measures and patient satisfaction. They were selected based on national rankings in three categories: the results of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, a national survey of patients' experience of hospital care; healthcare-associated infections; and readmissions. The individual measures were combined into a single weighted composite ranking. Hospitals at or above the top 25th percentile nationally on this combined ranking received the award.
"We are so proud of the many clinicians and staff at Lincoln County Medical Center who made these recognitions possible," said Todd Oberheu, hospital chief executive. "Our care teams are always looking for ways to improve the way we care for patients, and we want to thank them for their hard work."
LCMC was also awarded an honorable mention for the NMHA Quest for Excellence Award, the state's top award for hospital quality and performance improvement. This achievement recognizes LCMC's hospital-wide project to prevent and reduce the number of patient falls.
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.