The Leadership Albuquerque class of 2016 gathered at Presbyterian’s state-of-the-art Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho last Wednesday for the final program day of the year. The day centered on a look at healthcare locally and nationally and was bookended by two of the most well-known and influential healthcare experts in our state.
Jim Hinton, President and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare set the stage for the day with a discussion on the business of healthcare. “Healthcare is not what happens in hospitals,” said Hinton. He told the group that there are many determinants of health—social/economic factors, clinical care, health behaviors and physical environments all play a role individuals’ health.
Another healthcare powerhouse, Dr. Paul Roth Chancellor of UNM’s Health Sciences Center and Dean of the School of Medicine, shared with the class the role UNM HSC is projected to take in the changing healthcare landscape. While the system isn’t perfect, Dr. Roth said, “We do have a very functional system of healthcare in New Mexico.” UNM HSC is New Mexico’s only level 1 trauma center in the state.
Leigh Caswell, Director of Community Health for Presbyterian Healthcare Services talked about community, grass roots efforts to change public health perspectives. “What people need looks really different,” she said.
Dr. Jason Mitchell is the Chief Medical Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services detailed the function technology plays now and what it is expected to play in the future. Most significant to individuals is the development of Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR).
Secretary Brent Earnest, New Mexico Human Services Department shared his understanding and explained the intricacies of the state’s Medicaid reform, income support infrastructure, and development of citizen-centric models (including use of technology in the delivery of services).
Dean of the College of Nursing at UNM HSC, Dr. Nancy Ridenour, is renowned for her work in creating a state-wide nursing curriculum. A model for all states, the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium bridges gaps in nurse training for ALL state supported colleges and universities. In fact, Dr. Roth heralded it as “totally innovative,” “absolutely unique,” and “dramatic.”
The Chamber and Leadership Albuquerque would also like to thank Presbyterian Healthcare Services and Jim Hinton for their sponsorship and opening its doors to us for our last program day! A special thank you to Martha Lopez for her hospitality in welcoming us all to Rust!