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Awards, Honors and Recognitions

Presbyterian Healthcare Services and Lincoln County Medical Center are recognized as leaders in the healthcare field. Some of the awards received recently include:

2024 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Presbyterian named LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality High Performer. All nine Presbyterian hospitals across the state have been recognized as “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality High Performers” in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Presbyterian received the highest score in New Mexico and is the first healthcare system in the state with more than one hospital recognized.

HEI evaluates healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees.

To demonstrate that they are going beyond the basics when it comes to adopting policies and practices in LGBTQ+ care, facilities are evaluated on detailed criteria in four central pillars:

  • Foundational Policies and Training in LGBTQ+ Patient-Centered Care;

  • LGBTQ+ Patient Services and Support;

  • Employee Benefits and Policies; and,

  • Patient and Community Engagement.

Presbyterian’s systemwide focus on improving health equity in our community is led by the Presbyterian Community Health team and our Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer. Learn more about Inclusion, Diversity and Equity and our Commitment to Health Equity at Presbyterian.

2020 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Presbyterian ranked second in nation by Lown Index. Presbyterian Healthcare Services received an A+ overall and was named second among 305 health care systems by the Lown Institute Hospitals Index, a new national ranking of U.S. hospitals and health systems.

The Lown Institute, a Brookline, Mass.-based nonpartisan think tank created the Lown Institute Hospitals Index to help hospitals better serve and support their communities. The Index shows how nearly 3,300 U.S. hospitals compare on 42 performance indicators. The measures fall under three categories:

  • Civic Leadership, which assesses a commitment to equity, inclusion and community health;

  • Value of Care, which measures use of unnecessary services; and

  • Patient Outcomes, which evaluates patient safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes.

Presbyterian received A or A+ grades on all three measures, scoring highest in the categories of inclusivity, patient safety and avoiding overuse measures.

Lincoln County Medical Center, Presbyterian Española Hospital and Plains Regional Medical Center recognized as Baby-Friendly®. In recognition of their commitment to exceptional care for mothers and babies, Lincoln County Medical Center, Plains Regional Medical and Presbyterian Española Hospital have all been named Baby-Friendly® designated birth facilities.

This prestigious designation by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

To qualify as Baby-Friendly, a hospital must show it has implemented 10 evidence-based practices that support breastfeeding and undergo a rigorous on-site survey. Baby-Friendly® hospitals and birthing facilities must adhere to the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding to receive and retain the designation.

2019​ Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Lincoln County Medical center named Top Overall Hospital by NMHA. LCMC was named Top Overall Hospital by the New Mexico Hospital Association (NMHA) at its annual meeting on September 25 in recognition of its high performance in quality and patient safety initiatives.

LCMC was also named a Quest for Excellence Award winner in the rural/critical access hospital category for a program that significantly reduced re-admissions to the hospital among patients aged 65 and older. Each year, the NMHA requests applications from hospitals for initiatives that improve patient safety and quality. This year, there were 25 Quest for Excellence applications. The NMHA’s Quality Committee chose the top three. Representatives from five hospital associations outside New Mexico then chose LCMC to be named Top Overall Hospital.

Todd Oberheu, hospital chief executive at Lincoln County Medical Center, also received the Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). This award recognizes ACHE members who have made significant contributions to healthcare management and demonstrate a commitment to professional excellence.

HealthInsight recognized PMG clinic in Ruidoso with High Performance Award. HealthInsight New Mexico recognized 20 Presbyterian Medical Group outpatient medical practices, including Presbyterian Medical Group in Ruidoso, for their commitment to improving performance and promoting patient-centered care. HealthInsight recognized the outpatient clinics for their commitment to improving performance and promoting patient-centered care with a High Performance Award. This award recognized clinics that have achieved above the 75th percentile on national benchmarks on key measures, such as whether they participated in important health screenings, like colonoscopies and mammograms.

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2018​ Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Lincoln County Medical Center Earns Quality Awards. 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.

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