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Awards, Honors and Recognitions

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

2023 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

American College of Emergency Physicians awards gold level Pain and Accreditation Care accreditation to Presbyterian Hospital, Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital and Presbyterian Rust Medical Center

Three Presbyterian hospitals – Presbyterian Hospital, Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital and Presbyterian Rust Medical Center – have been awarded gold level Pain and Addiction Care accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Presbyterian hospitals were recognized for their innovative and evidence-based programs to improve care for patients. These efforts include:

  • Begin medication assisted treatment (buprenorphine) to treat opioid withdrawal while patients are still in the Emergency Department.

  • Educate and dispense naloxone to patients, as well as family members, in the Emergency Department.

  • Provide evidence-based treatment for opiate and alcohol use disorder through an interdisciplinary workgroup that includes peer support specialists, pharmacy, informatics, addiction and emergency medicine.

  • Create effective opiate stewardship strategies for painful conditions seen in the Emergency Department.

  • Offer non-pharmacologic pain management options in the Emergency Department.

2022 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Presbyterian named LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader. Presbyterian Hospital earned the top score of 100 and was designated an “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 15th annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).

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.

This year, 906 healthcare facilities actively participated in the survey. Presbyterian was among 496 organizations to receive a maximum score in each section and earn the “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation. 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.

2021 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Presbyterian Hospital’s Stroke Program receives Gold Plus Achievement Award. For the third consecutive year, Presbyterian Hospital’s Stroke Program received a Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Presbyterian Hospital’s (PH) stroke program received its third Get with The Guidelines (GWTG) Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, exceeding several quality measures.

As a Primary Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission, PH monitors several core measures that align with the American Heart Association’s (AHA) evidence-based guidelines for improving care and outcomes.

To qualify for a Gold award, a hospital must achieve a total score of 85% across seven measures over 24 consecutive months. PH’s Stroke Program surpassed 90% in five measures:

  • IV thrombolysis arrive by 3.5 hours, treat by 4.5 hours: 100%

  • Anticoagulation prescribed for Afib/Aflutter at discharge: 100%

  • Antithrombotics by end of hospital day 2: 98%

  • Antithrombotic prescribed at discharge: 98%

  • Intensive statin prescribed at discharge: 92%

To qualify for a Gold Plus award, a hospital must score at least 75% in four additional measures. PH exceeded that criterion across the board:

  • Assessed for rehabilitation: 97%

  • National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) reported: 88%

  • LDL Documented: 87%

  • Dysphagia screening: 80%

  • Door-to-needle ≤ 60 minutes: 80%

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.

2018 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Presbyterian Recognized for Surgical Outcomes. For its success with surgical patient care outcomes, Presbyterian Hospital was recognized by The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) as a “Meritorious Hospital” for 2017.

ACS NSQIP® recognized 83 of an eligible 568 hospitals participating in its adult program. ACS NSQIP-participating hospitals track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and then analyze their results. These results direct patient safety initiatives within the hospital and impact the quality of surgical care delivered to patients.

Presbyterian Hospital Named One of the Nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals for the Second Year in a Row  

Presbyterian Hospital* was recently named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health™ for the second year in a row and third time overall. Presbyterian Hospital is the only hospital in New Mexico to receive this award.

According to IBM Watson Health, if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year’s winners (based on Medicare patients only) results industry-wide could amount to:

  • More than 10,300 additional lives saved.

  • $1.8 billion in health care cost savings.

  • 2,800 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free.

The IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study uses 2016 and 2017 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2017 Medicare cost reports and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare published in the second quarter of 2018. This annual study identifies the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular service and highest performing cardiovascular service lines in the nation. Hospitals were scored in key value-based performance areas such as higher inpatient survival rates, fewer complications, shorter lengths of stay, lower costs and lower readmission rates. For more information, visit:

*Combined data from all three Presbyterian Central New Mexico hospitals were submitted under the umbrella of Presbyterian Hospital.

Presbyterian Hospital Receives Several Awards for Heart Attack and Stroke Care. Two national organizations recently recognized Presbyterian Hospital* for high standards of care for heart attack and stroke patients. We are proud to share the following recognitions:

  • American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award recognizing sustained performance at the top level of standards for specific performance measures as outlined by the American College of Cardiology.

  • American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline STEMI Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award distinguishing our delivery of quality care for the most high-risk, sensitive heart emergencies.

  • American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award for quick and appropriate treatment of NSTEMI heart attack patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.

  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award recognizing our dedication to up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

Congratulations to all involved for these outstanding achievements and thank you for your dedication and commitment to providing the highest quality care to our patients and members.

*Combined data from all three Presbyterian Central New Mexico hospitals were submitted under the umbrella of Presbyterian Hospital.

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