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Health Insurance Exchanges

To meet the health insurance needs of our community, Holy Cross Hospital is currently enrolling for Centennial Care and the Health Exchange. The Open Enrollment Period is open now, but ends on February 15, 2015.

Medicaid has changed and is now called Centennial Care in New Mexico. There are also new eligibility rules that took effect in 2013. Even if you were denied Medicaid in the past, you may be eligible under the new eligibility rules. There is no deadline to enroll in Medicaid. However, under the Affordable Care Act, every New Mexican is required to have health coverage, so it is important to determine if you qualify for Medicaid. Medicaid is credible coverage and does not require a monthly payment.

To learn more or schedule an appointment:
Call: Community Services Office
Phone: (575) 751-8926

Learn more about Health Care Enrollment.

PATIENT TESTIMONIAL: STEVE & RANDY THORNE

I have asthma and because of it I used to be in the hospital a lot and for about 6-8 days at a time. Expensive drugs that have come out now control it, but in the old days I would wake up in the middle of the night with an asthma attack, didn’t have time to make it to Santa Fe so we would rush over to the ER. The hospital has always taken care of me for the 30 years I have lived here.

Our recent stay in the hospital was super, no one wants to be in a hospital but when you are there it is great to be treated like a person. Everyone is so caring, including the men that clean the floors even they say hi how are you doing? And, that makes you feel really good. This was a great experience.

We had Dr. Bjorkman in the ER and what a presence, he makes you feel like everything is going to be okay. Great guy, that man has a gift.

Then they rushed me back to the recovery room where Dr. O’Rourke came in and he has this look of love and compassion in his eyes. I told him you are a true healer and he said thank you.

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Ebola

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.

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.

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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