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Awards, Honors and Recognitions

​​​Presbyterian Healthcare Services and Rust 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.

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.

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.

2019 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Presbyterian Rust Medical Center Named a Top Performer for Quality, Safety. Presbyterian Rust Medical Center was named a top performer for quality and patient safety at the annual meeting of the New Mexico Hospital Association, based on the most recent 12 months in the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, a program funded by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Presbyterian Rust Medical Center was named one of the top five general acute care hospitals.

2018 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Plains Regional Medical Center and Presbyterian Espanola Hospital honored by rural health group. Plains Regional Medical Center and Presbyterian Española Hospital achieved top performance in patient outcomes and were awarded certificates of achievement by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health in November 2018.

Presbyterian Cancer Care Receives National Accreditation. For its efforts to improve outcomes for patients with breast disease, Presbyterian Cancer Care was recently awarded a new three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). It first received the accreditation in 2012.

NAPBC accreditation is only given to those cancer centers that commit to providing high level breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of their performance.

The NAPBC evaluates cancer centers in areas such as leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement. Patients who receive care at an accredited center have access to comprehensive care, cutting-edge technology, multidisciplinary teams and information about clinical trials and new treatment options, according to the NAPBC.

For more information about the NAPBC, visit:

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 Rust Medical Center Earns Prestigious Baby-Friendly® Designation. In recognition of its commitment to exceptional care and lifelong health benefits for mothers and babies, Presbyterian Rust Medical Center has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly® Designated birth facility for five years from Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. This designation 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, a hospital must demonstrate that 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.

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