St. Vincent Is Growing Along With Santa Fe

St. Vincent Regional Medical Center knows a little something about caring for New Mexico.

On Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 23:58

With a track record of more than 140 years, St. Vincent Regional Medical Center knows a little something about caring for New Mexico.

SVRMC, the state’s oldest hospital, opened its doors in 1865 under the auspices of the Sisters of Charity. Today, the nonprofit, non-affiliated hospital offers 268 licensed beds and 300 physicians representing 22 medical specialties. New Mexico and Colorado residents across a 19,000-square-mile area look to SVRMC in Santa Fe as their major hospital. SVRMC is the only Level II Trauma Center in Northern Mexico. The hospital offers a comprehensive range of services, but its three focuses are heart and vascular care, cancer care and emergency care.

St. Vincent Regional’s heart and vascular program received a top 20 ranking among 504 hospitals in a study by the Duke Clinical Research Institute. The ranking identified the hospital as a leading provider for high quality care for patients with acute coronary syndromes. SVRMC is the first hospital in the nation with a rural EKG network, which allows EMS personnel to transmit an electrocardiogram from outside a hospital directly to an on-call cardiologist for immediate consultation any day at any time.

St. Vincent’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, which provides all-inclusive, individualized care, recently launched new services, including genetic counseling and testing, healthy cooking classes for patients and caregivers and cross-specialty care coordination. SVRMC is also seeking to expand their emergency room. Last year, the hospital treated 62,000 patients in the emergency department, despite the facility being designed to treat only 45,000.

The new $12 million facility is slated to expand the entire department to 35,000 square feet with 40 treatment spaces. There will be space specifically for trauma and cardiac care, as well as women’s health and a private counseling area for families. Hospital leaders are currently seeking funding for the project.