What you Need to Know

Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood and body fluids. The time from exposure to when signs or symptoms of the disease appear (the incubation period) is 2 to 21 days, but the average time is 8 to 10 days.

Signs of Ebola include:

  • Fever (higher than 101.5°F)
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising

To protect yourself from Ebola:

  • DO wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • DO NOT touch the blood or body fluids (like urine, feces, saliva, vomit, sweat, and semen) of people who are sick.
  • DO NOT handle items that may have come in contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids, like clothes, bedding, needles, or medical equipment.
  • DO NOT touch the body of someone who has died of Ebola.

What to do if you are exposed to Ebola:

  • You should check for signs and symptoms of Ebola for 21 days
  • Take your temperature every morning and evening.
  • Watch for other Ebola symptoms, like severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising.
  • Call your doctor even if you do not have symptoms. The doctor can evaluate your exposure level and any symptoms and consult with public health authorities to determine if actions are needed.
  • During the time that you are watching for signs and symptoms, you can continue your normal activities, including going to work.

All information provided by the CDC. For more information visit their website.

Download/Print an Ebola Fact Sheet

Holy Cross Hospital is as prepared as could be for a rural facility. Any patient admitted to the Emergency Department with suspected Ebola virus will be triaged and transferred to a higher tertiary care facility. The Emergency Department staff has been instructed on strict isolation precautions to prevent transmission of the virus. The New Mexico Department of Health is notifying all New Mexico hospitals on any change of procedures or protocols.

Patient Testimonial: Karen, Cancer Patient

During the interview both Karen, cancer patient, and her sister Christine were available to tell us about their experience.

Karen: I had some supports last year, when I was first diagnosed with cancer and now we are getting more support again this year because I have gone into remission. The support last year was really great, we had food vouchers and gas vouchers.

Christine: Last year I took a year of leave of absence from work to help her, so everything they did for us really helped. It included Gas cards and Food vouchers. The moral support is really helpful too; talking to Jason you don't feel like you are so alone in it. I think there are very few people you talk to anymore who are not affected by cancer; either a friend, a family member, or themselves. It’s way prevalent, and I don’t think most of us realize it. The gas is incredible, because you either get a hotel room or you drive back to Taos and spend as much money driving back and forth, plus it gets so strenuous.

Karen: Going through this even a year ago, it was such a shock, and you feel like you're the only one its ever happened to or your family member is the only one its ever happened to. And then you get together in a group like that and you realize there's all these survivors. There's all of these people who have had family members this has happened to. Just having that support and the program for that you realize you are not as alone.

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.

Follow this link to view the report.

For further information please contact Russell Mark in the Health Outreach Department at (575) 751-5711.

Health Insurance Exchanges

Are you Uninsured?

Under the new Affordable Care Act, beginning in January 2014 all Americans will be eligible for and are required to have health insurance.

Open Enrollment for Health Exchange ends February 15th. People need to enroll by February 15th in order for benefits to start on March 1st, and avoid a tax penalty.

The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange will make it easy to find an affordable plan. Visit the Holy Cross Hospital Community Service Office to learn more and enroll in a plan that meets your needs.

Enrollment Office Hours

Holy Cross Hospital
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
(575) 751-5848

Women's Health Institute
7:30 am - 2:00 pm
(575) 758-5001

Walk-ins accepted

Learn more about the Affordable Care Act.

To schedule an appointment:
Call: Community Services Office
(575) 751-5764

Holy Cross Hospital Updates

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.

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The Changing Face of American Health Care

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that was passed in March 2010 is changing health care in America. Among other things, the law is already having an enormous impact on the way health care is funded.

We know that people have a lot of questions about what's happening in health care and at the hospital. We've put together this article to help educate you about the changes happening at Holy Cross Hospital.

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