RUIDOSO, N.M. – Kimberly Gililland, manager of the Family Birthing Center at Lincoln County Medical Center, was recently honored for her nursing leadership at the annual New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards.
According to the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence, the honor is given to a nurse, licensed practical nurse or registered nurse "whose leadership and contributions have made a significant impact in his/her community and to the profession of nursing." Created for nurses by nurses, the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence has hosted the New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards since 2005. This year, nurses were honored on Oct. 13 in 20 professional categories.
Nominations read at the awards ceremony described Gililland as a role model for other nurses and a leader focused on improving the experience of staff and patients: "This honoree has taken her new role as manager of the Family Birthing Center to a new level."
Gililland began working at the Family Birthing Center in 2010 and has managed the Center since January 2018. She worked at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center from 2000-2010, and has served as assistant professor at New Mexico State School of Nursing since 2014. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from New Mexico State University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Walden University.
"Kim is a true nursing leader – she is always thinking about innovative ways to improve the way the way we care for our patients at LCMC," said Todd Oberheu, chief hospital executive at LCMC. "We are proud to have her on our team."
Two other nurses at Presbyterian Healthcare Services were also honored. Brenda Romero, hospital chief executive at Presbyterian Española Hospital, was named Distinguished Nurse of the Year, and Tina Dages, with the Cardiac Progressive Care unit at Presbyterian Hospital, was honored for Medical-Surgical nursing.
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 nine hospitals run by Presbyterian, which also has a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group.