Paint Taos Pink
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Join us as we PAINT TAOS PINK to raise awareness about Breast Health and Breast Cancer.
We have a full schedule of event, including:
- Paint Taos Pink Auction Party
- Yoga and Fitness Classes
- Dine In Pink at local restaurants
- Health Education with Tim Moore, MD, OB/GYN
- The Pink Party (Zumbaź Pink Party with all your favorite instructors)
Visit our Website for Detailed information about these and other events.
Plan now to attend some or all of these event.
Proceeds from these events will support Taos Cancer Support Services.
Holy Cross Hospital Updates
Board review by Bill and Steve
In an effort to help our community understand the changes happening in health care and at the hospital, we will be posting regular updates from the administration at Holy Cross Hospital to help share some internal information with the public.
Matthew C. Wohlberg
To the Staff of Holy Cross Hospital
To the Staff at Taos Surgical Specialties
Taos, New Mexico
Dear Esteemed Staff Members from both Institutions,
Last Tuesday I had a surgical procedure at Holy Cross under the Direction of Dr. Aiden O'Rourke, Taos Surgical Specialties. Dr. O'Rourke was aware of my great distress because of some preceding events which had taken place at and through another institution. From the very beginning of my experience at Taos Surgical Specialties and Holy Cross, no groups of people could have been kinder and more considerate.
I came in early in the morning for the procedure and was admitted immediately with kindest regard for what must have been my apparent distress. The day before the procedure I was contacted by a nurse who took way more than ample time to explain everything to me and answer each and every question with care and attention to great detail. He and I actually got to the point that I was able to even laugh over the phone. Yesterday I received the very welcome news by phone that all was clear and Idid not have cancer as was told to me by a staff person from another institution in Albuquerque. You cannot imagine my relief.
Dr. O'Rourke knew from the very beginning that something was amiss and undertook his personal time and care to see things through to a definitive and positive outcome. He and the entire staffs from both Taos Surgical Specialties and Holy Cross Hospital went way beyond what I had ever experienced before to assure me that everything would be done to perfection and I would receive the finest of care. I have never before received such personal care and professional consideration. You all have my most profound thanks.
Thank you to all employees of Taos Health Systems
Regarding the recent Hazmat situation
I would like to thank each and every employee of Taos Health Systems for their part in responding to the recent hazmat situation at Holy Cross Hospital. Our employees selflessly handled the situation and went above and beyond to keep our community safe. Their service has not gone unrecognized. The situation was very rare, unexpected and dangerous, but through the work of our employees, medical staff and volunteers we were able to find and execute solutions as the situation unfolded.
I can think of no better way to demonstrate the selflessness and professionalism of our staff than when our employees put their own well-being on the line in order to take care of a sick patient. I am proud to be in the company of so many dedicated healthcare professionals, and I know the community appreciates how hard everyone worked to keep the situation under control.
I use every situation as an opportunity to grow, and will carefully review ways to improve our safety measures and procedures. While I commend everyone’s efforts, I want to make sure Taos Health Systems is positioned to survive and grow and this situation has given us the opportunity to review and improve how we handle crisis situations.
A situation of this caliber is of course a team effort, and I also recognize and extend deep gratitude, on behalf of Taos Health Systems and this community, to all the individuals who were part of the solution. The event lasted for about 48 hours and involved many of New Mexico’s civil servants, with decisions being made by all parties.
William D. Patten, Jr., MA, FACHE, MT(ASCP)
Chief Executive Officer, Taos Health Systems
Report of the QHR Renewal Review Committee
The QHR Renewal Review Committee - composed of Board Members Linda Aubrecht; Geilan Ismail, MD; Karen Matherlee; Fred Peralta; and Tim Moore, MD - was charged with reviewing Holy Cross Hospital’s (HCH’s) relationship with Quorum Health Resources (QHR) and recommending whether or not HCH’s current contract should be renewed after its April 30, 2016 expiration date.
The board has not made a final decision and is exploring all options.
Community Health Needs Assesment
Taos Health Systems recently completed an assessment of health needs for residents in Taos County. We have also developed a plan for using its services to respond to the significant community needs identified in the report. A copy of the report is available for your review here and is available for inspection and copying in the hospital’s administrative office, M-F, 9 am to 4 pm.
Taos Health Systems will revise its implementation efforts each year and undertake a new study to revise this report in two to three years. Your review is encouraged and submission of comments for consideration is welcomed. Please take the time to review the needs identified in the report and help the hospital take actions to make improvements resulting in Taos County being an increasingly healthy place to live.
For further information please contact Russell Mark in the Health Outreach Department at (575) 751-5711.
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