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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.

To everyone involved during the crisis last week, thank you.

- Bill Patten, CEO, Taos Health Systems

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.


CARE Team Awareness Day

Integrative Health Services

Holy Cross Hospital’s CARE Team invites staff, patients, and community members to join us and observe or experience some of what CARE Team has to offer as well as meet some of the CARE Team staff on Tuesday, September 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Day Surgery lobby.

The CARE Team has offered Integrative Health Services to in-patients for the past ten years. These services combine traditional medical treatment with complementary or alternative therapies to help patients heal faster and feel better. These therapies create a healing experience that encompasses mind, body, and spirit.

These safe and gentle healing therapies have been shown to reduce anxiety and pain while enhancing the body's own healing processes. All services are evidence-based; they have been tested and proven safe by research and experience. Treatments are optional, and are offered in addition to treatment from your doctor at no extra cost to you.

Join us on September 15, 2015 and learn more.

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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.

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.

Read the full report here >

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