Plains Regional Medical Center


Awards, Accomplishments, and Recognitions

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

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

Plains Regional Medical Center Home Health Care Recognized for Patient Experience. HealthInsight New Mexico recognized Plains Regional Medical Center Home Health Care with a 2018 Home Health Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) recognition certificate in February 2019. Agencies receiving the HHCAHPS Recognition Certificate have ranked in the top 25 percent nationally on HHCAHPS scores, which shows they are providing their patients with an excellence experience of home care, according to HealthInsight New Mexico.

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2018 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Plains Regional Medical Center Earns Quality Awards. In recognition of its commitment to patient quality and safety, Plains Regional Medical Center has earned recent awards from the New Mexico Hospital Association (NMHA) and HealthInsight New Mexico.

PRMC 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 26, 2018 at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the New Mexico Hospital Association in Albuquerque.

PRMC is one of 15 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. PRMC was recognized for significant improvement in decreasing the number of hospital readmissions and surgical site infections.

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