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Awards, Accomplishments, 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:

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.

2017​ Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Lincoln County Medical Center earns five star rating by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Lincoln County Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in New Mexico to earn a five-star rating, the highest rating possible, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The rating is based on comparing quality metrics between 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals in CMS’ database.

According to CMS, the overall rating summarizes up to 57 quality measures - reflecting common conditions that hospitals treat, such as heart attacks or pneumonia. Other measures include mortality, readmission, safety of care, patient experience using the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, efficient use of medical imaging, and timeliness and effectiveness of care. When compared across these measures to 4,000 hospitals nationwide, Lincoln County Medical Center performed well above the national average.

The overall rating system, introduced in 2016, ranges from one to five stars. The more stars, the better a hospital performed on the available quality measures. The most common overall rating is 3 stars. Only 337 hospitals nationwide received a five star designation.

2016 Awards, Honors & Recognitions

Four Presbyterian Rural Hospitals Recognized as Top Performers. On November 17, National Rural Health Day, Presbyterian Healthcare Services celebrated healthcare teams who care for patients in rural areas across New Mexico. This year, we highlight the success of four Presbyterian rural hospitals named 2016 Top Performers by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH).

  • Presbyterian Española Hospital in Española, New Mexico was named a Top Performer for Excellence in Financial Strength.
  • Lincoln County Medical Center in Ruidoso, New Mexico was named a Top Performer for Excellence in Quality.
  • Socorro General Hospital in Socorro, New Mexico was named a Top Performer for Excellence in Quality and Patient Outcomes.
  • Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, New Mexico was named a Top Performer for Excellence in Financial Strength.

2014 Awards, Accomplishments & Recognitions

Lincoln County Medical Center Receives The Joint Commission's 'Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®' Recognition. Recently Lincoln County Medical Center (LCMC) was named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

LCMC was recognized for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for pneumonia and surgical care in The Joint Commission's 2014 annual report "America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety."

Presbyterian Healthcare Services Recognized for "BOLD" Leadership. Presbyterian Healthcare Services was recently named one of the 10 highest ranking health systems in the country for leadership development by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership. Presbyterian was recognized as a "BOLD" healthcare organization that uses evidence-based leadership development practices to achieve excellence and improve the quality of healthcare in our community.

Presbyterian Receives 2014 Most Wired Award for Excellence in Information Technology. Presbyterian Healthcare Services recently received Hospitals & Health Networks' 2014 Most Wired award. The award recognized 375 organizations nationwide that have created the technical infrastructure necessary to support robust clinical information systems. Presbyterian was one of two organizations recognized in New Mexico.

Other Awards, Accomplishments & Recognitions

Three Presbyterian Hospitals Named Top Performers. Three Presbyterian hospitals were recognized by the Joint Commission, the nation's major hospital accreditation board, as "Top Performers" on key quality measures. Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, Lincoln County Medical Center in Ruidoso and Socorro General Hospital in Socorro were three of the five New Mexico hospitals to receive this distinction.