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A COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 cases have started to increase in Taos County, and we have seen an increase in COVID patients at Holy Cross Hospital. We know members of the community are concerned about this increase. Bill Patten, CEO of Holy Cross Medical Center shares an update regarding the next wave of COVID-19 and how Holy Cross Hospital […]

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Paint Taos Pink!

Join us for a month of events that raise money for Holy Cross Cancer Support Services!

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Please welcome, Tracey Poffenroth Prato our new Speech-Language Pathologist

Tracey helps individuals through a difficult diagnosis by providing the support and tools they need to feel like themselves again. Tracey is a Medical Speech-Language Pathologist and works with people who have experienced an illness or injury and need help in the following areas; speech, language, cognition, voice, and swallowing. She is originally from Canada […]

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How to use your sample glucometer

Kelsey Swalwell, Holy Cross Medical Center’s registered dietitian, offers tips on how to properly use your sample glucometer. Kelsey also provides classes and individual education and support to individuals and their families for many health conditions that can be improved by diet such as: heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, arthritis, gastrointestinal disease, metabolic […]

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Please Welcome Our New Patient Advocate

Rebecca Ciletti, a native of Colorado, is very happy to be living in Taos after spending many years in New York City as a travel writer and comedian. Rebecca graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame, and has worked in the Infection Prevention and Patient Access departments over […]

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Holy Cross COVID-19 Super Star Hospital Heroes

All Holy Cross Employees and Medical Staff: Throughout our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, every employee has helped in her or his own special way. Some changed their work schedules to provide needed coverage. Some took on new duties including helping to screen patients and employees as they entered the building. Some worked directly with […]

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BeStaRRs – January – July, 2020

Steven Morrison, Social Worker Steven was instrumental and dedicated in finding appropriate placement for two for the most difficult social discharges we have had. Both patient’s physical co-morbidities, complex social and financial constraints and other issues made placement practically impossible. The placements were extremely difficult with multiple skilled nursing facilities declining admission citing, ‘the patient […]

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For the Health of It! 2020 was a Great Success!

As you know, the spring is usually a very busy time for Cancer Support Services preparing for our annual fundraiser,“For the Health of It.” Due to COVID-19, we were unable to host a large gathering this year for the 10th Anniversary of our event. However, we organized a “virtual” walk that we thought would be […]

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Sue Romansky is now our VP of Physician Practices

Effective July 26, 2020, Sue Romansky will be the new Vice-president of Physician Practices. In this role Sue will be responsible for all aspects of our employed medical staff practices; both outpatient and inpatient. Over the next month or so, Sue will meet with all the practitioners and all the clinic staff to learn first-hand […]

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The Rural Ob Access & Maternal Service (ROAMS) grant for Northeastern New Mexico

By Colleen Durocher, ROAMS Executive Director The health and wellness of a woman is critical to achieving safe outcome for her and her baby. Access to care is vital because it allows providers to identify, treat, and stabilize chronic conditions; address behavioral health needs; and plan for a healthy and intentional pregnancy. The Rural Ob […]

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COVID-19 – Taos Testing Locations & Times

Until recently, tests for COVID-19 were very limited and were used only on sick individuals with the common symptoms of COVID-19. Now that more test are available, testing for the general public is becoming more common. There are many locations to choose from in Northern New Mexico. If you are very ill and you are […]

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Celebrating Our First COVID-19 Recovery

Holy Cross Hospital held a ‘Celebrate Recovery Send Off’ yesterday for a patient who was quite ill with the coronavirus. She was admitted, with very low oxygen levels, so we are excited that she is recovering and is well enough to go home. Congratulations Juanita! We here at Holy Cross Celebrate you and your recovery […]

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Holy Cross Medical Center offers Telemedicine Services

With social distancing requirements in place, we know that many of our patients are curious about how they can continue to receive care from our physicians. The Holy Cross Medical Center family is proud to have a telemedicine option in place so that you can visit with your doctor remotely. Dr. Stephen Lucero, your friendly […]

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Please welcome our new Pediatrician, Dr. Karen Gelfand.

Dr. Karen Gelfand has been working in rural healthcare facilities in the Southwest for most of her career. She has been a part time hospitalist with Holy Cross Hospital for the last three years and she is excited to join our great team as a full time pediatrician at Holy Cross Pediatrics & Primary Care.

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Face Mask Sewing Patterns

If have access to a sewing machine, we are encouraging community members to make face masks for our team. There are two patterns below that have been approved by the Quality team at Holy Cross Hospital. There are two designs that you can choose from based on your sewing experience. Advanced Pattern Easy Pattern If […]

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Holy Cross Hospital is Actively Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Holy Cross Hospital staff has been planning diligently for several weeks to develop a complete response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Those efforts increased when the Governor’s office announced New Mexico’s first presumptive positive case Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Multiple measures internally and externally have been implemented with staff working round the clock. What are we working on […]

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Information about the Coronavirus.

The Coronavirus is at the fore-front of everyone’s mind and as concern and information continues to spread, we thought it would be important to share some information about the Coronavirus to help keep you and your family healthy. Here are a few information packets to help you understand the virus better: What you need to […]

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Patient Advisory Council

Holy Cross Hospital is seeking volunteers from our community to join our new Patient & Family Advisory Council. The council will consist of community members and Holy Cross staff working together in an effort to identify opportunities for improvement and develop solutions to advance patient service. If you or a family member has used our […]

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Holy Cross Medical Center Partners with Health Care Stakeholders to Monitor Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Holy Cross Medical Center staff, working in concert with the New Mexico Department of Health and neighboring hospitals in Northern New Mexico, have been monitoring the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).  Using guidance from the CDC and the State Department of health, Holy Cross Medical Center is prepared and committed to providing high quality care to all of […]

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Holy Cross Medical Center Pays Off Line of Credit

Paying off the line of credit to Centinel Bank was a great step forward to the financial security of Holy Cross Medical Center.   ‘We have come a long way’ said Steve Rozenboom, CFO for Holy Cross Medical Center.  ‘We still have more work to do in securing the financial future of Holy Cross, but we […]

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Holy Cross Hospital Receives Four-Star Rating!

Holy Cross Hospital receives a four-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). “We are pleased with our four-star rating”, said Bill Patten, CEO for Holy Cross Hospital.  “We have actively been striving toward improvements and this rating speaks to those efforts.” The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services uses a five-star quality rating system […]

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What The Swing Bed Program means for us as a Critical Access Hospital

The purpose of this article is to explain the why behind our Swing Bed Program and how it benefits us as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH). Having an active swing program is a financial benefit to the hospital and a great benefit to our community and patients, especially if the patient wants to stay here, […]

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Public Disposal Drop Box for Medication

We want to make our employees aware that we have a drop box for medication disposal. Please tell your patients friend and family about this. Direct Patients to the box when ask about where to destroy medication. The drop box is located in the lobby of the hospital and is open to the public for […]

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Pelvic Health Physical Therapy at Holy Cross

Holy Cross Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is proud to offer Pelvic Health Physical Therapy in our outpatient clinic. This new and exciting branch of Physical Therapy focuses on disorders on the bladder and bowel, as well as pain in the abdomen and pelvis. Pelvic floor disorders affect people of all ages and genders, and can […]

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Living Treasures of our Auxiliary

Pauline Mondragon & Jan Smith were honored as living treasures during a ceremony at Taos High School on December 8. Friends and family were present for the gathering. Pauline has been President of our Auxiliary and has volunteered in numerous community projects. Jan is our Auxiliary Corresponding Secretary and a buyer in our Gift shop […]

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BeStaRRs – October, November, December – 2019

BeStaRRs is an employee recognition program of Holy Cross Medical Center | Behavior Standards Reward, Recognition and Social activities. Robert Motha | Accountability Robert took on the role of Interim HR Director more than once in conjunction with being the Pharmacy Directory. Robert effectively delegated tasks, never complained and maintained a positive attitude. He went […]

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Holy Cross Hospital Supports Breastfeeding!

Holy Cross Hospital is promoting breastfeeding among its employees, patients, and the wider community. Working with the Latch On Breastfeeding Coalition and the NM Breastfeeding Task Force Taos Chapter, the hospital has created a lactation room and sponsored a breastfeeding mural, recently completed on the corridor wall outside Labor and Delivery by muralist Lynnette Haozous. […]

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First Steps Makes Connections

Once a month you can find the friendly faces of First Steps Home Visitors singing, reading books, and elbow deep in arts and craft. Tucked into the little reading nook in the Children’s Library at the Taos Public Library you’ll find the happy bunch of 10-20 youngsters and their parents, grandparents, and babysitters joining in […]

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Facts About the 2020 Mill Levy

In 2016 Holy Cross Hospital asked the community to come together in support of our local hospital and vote to approve a 1 mill levy on property tax. The mill levy was approved with resounding support. The 2016 mill levy sunsets in June of this year, and we have begun conversations with the County Commissioners […]

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The Mill Levy and Community Support

In 2016 Holy Cross Hospital asked the community to come together in support of our local hospital and vote to approve a 1 mill levy on property tax. The mill levy was approved with resounding support and we have taken advantage of those funds to make many great improvements for your local hospital. The 2016 […]

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2019 – Best of BeStarrs Awards

Kathy Alcon, Director of PT Recognized for: ServiceNominated by:  Ten different PT staff members. Kathy is outstanding at demonstrating all of the behavior standards.  She is excellent/exemplifies service to her patients and to the therapy staff.  She honors her word.  Works to provide the team with what they need to achieve success with their patients.   […]

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Federal Health Care Grant Awarded to Northern NM

A Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program grant was awarded to Holy Cross Medical Center by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Rural OB Access & Maternal Services (ROAMS) network will develop innovative methods for providing rural OB services on a regional basis. The first year of the grant is a planning […]

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Bill Patten Recieves Executive Regent’s Award

Our CEO Bill Batten, received the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award. This award was bestowed on Patten by Stephen Stoddard, Executive Director, New Mexico Rural Hospital Network. The Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award recognized ACHE members who are experienced in the field and have made significant contributions to the […]

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New Mexico Rural Hospitals Awarded Top Honor in hospital Quality

Hospitals meet rigorous national goals for improving patient safety. Five New Mexico hospitals, serving the state’s rural communities, earned the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) award, one of New Mexico Hospital Association’s (NMHA’s) premier honors for hospital quality. These hospitals were honored for projects that enlisted multiple teams and approaches to reduce hospital readmissions, the […]

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BeStaRRs – July, August, September – 2019

BeStaRRs is an employee recognition program of Holy Cross Medical Center | Behavior Standards Reward, Recognition and Social activities. ED Staff, ED Medical Staff, Dr. Darnell, Cardiopulmonary, Leslie Smith HSM, ICU Staff Recognized for: TEAMWORK During the Memorial Day holiday, the ER found themselves with multiple trauma victims due to a motorcycle accident, as well […]

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Federal Health Care Grant Awarded to Northern NM

A Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program was awarded to Holy Cross Medical Center by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Rural OB Access & Maternal Services (ROAMS) network will develop innovative methods for providing rural OB services on a regional basis.  The first year of the grant is a planning year.  […]

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Financial Review – July, 2019

Due to some medical issues, Steve has taken the temporary title of “Assistant Chief Financial Officer”. While Steve goes through treatments, Shea Brock will be acting as the Interim CFO. This is the financial update report from the Board Meeting held July 31st, 2019. This is Shea’s last video for Holy Cross Medical Center. Steve […]

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Mid-Year Update from Bill Patten

Happy summer – It hardly seems possible that the days are already getting shorter! With the rain we have been getting this year the sage is greener and the weeds are higher – I hope you take some time to get out and enjoy this special place we call home! I want to give you […]

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Thanks for Supporting For the Health of It!

The 9th annual For the Health of It! involved over 180 walkers and 27 sponsors in the annual walk to raise awareness for Cancer in Taos. This year we were proud to include a health fair, which hosted 24 health related booths, hundreds of community members, and over 20 members that took part in our […]

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Taos Misuse Summit | A Community Call to Action

Holy Cross Medical Center, along with Taos Alive, Rio Grande Alcoholism Treatment Program, and Golden Willow Counseling, hosted the Taos Substance Misuse Summit on June 20 at UNM-Taos’s Bataan Hall. The all-day summit featured a variety of speakers addressing topics such as the stigma associated with substance use disorder; Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their […]

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DNV Certification Team Goes Above and Beyond

Each of these individuals played an important role in making Holy Cross survey ready. The Board and Senior Leadership want to thank each of you for a job well done. Thank you for providing high quality and safe care to those we serve. Great work everyone! Individuals who were interviewed by a surveyor and did […]

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Please Welcome Our New Staff and Board Members

Dr. Heather Marshall Dr. Heather Marshall will be joining the HCMC team as our new Emergency Medicine Medical Director on July 11. Dr. Marshall comes to us with 15 years of clinical experience. This experience spans Emergency Departments in urban, Level II trauma centers, freestanding Emergency Departments and rural single coverage. Dr. Frank Torres Dr. […]

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BeStaRRs – March, April, May, June – 2019

BeStaRRs is an employee recognition program of Holy Cross Medical Center | Behavior Standards Reward, Recognition and Social activities. Frances Santistevan – AIDET Frances is demonstrated AIDET every day. Acknowledges others with a smile Is friendly to everyone Always has a kind word On top of that even when not at the register she is […]

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2019 – New Mexico Hospital Guide

Medical Publishing, LLC is proud to present the 2019-2020 New Mexico Healthcare Guide.  Please find your complimentary copy via the enclosed link.  Feel free to forward this link to any and all interested parties. You are also welcome to post this guide on your website and/or social media and share it with your community.

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Financial Review – June, 2019

Due to some medical issues, Steve has taken the temporary title of “Assistant Chief Financial Officer”. While Steve goes through treatments, Shea Brock will be acting as the Interim CFO. This is the financial update report from the Board Meeting held June 26th, 2019.

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Community Health Needs Assessment Report – 2019

The Taos County Health Assessment surveys local residents every three years to identify local strengths, household challenges and issues, as well as the perception of needs in the area. Results of this survey are used to document needs and develop plans that make Taos County a healthier place to live. You can find the results of […]