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SRMC gaining ground

The University of New Mexico Sandoval Regional Medical Center continues to make strides toward becoming an academic and medical destination in the county and across the state, hospital officials told the Sandoval County Commission at a meeting Thursday.

The center, which opened in July 2012, has seen increases in the number of patients served, emergency room visits, specialty clinic visits and operations over the last fiscal year.

"We're very proud of the work done in the facility," said Jamie Silva-Steele, hospital president and CEO.

But Silva-Steele said the center still has work to do, especially in community education and training future medical professionals attending UNM.

The center was the first hospital in the state to get full accreditation as a "comprehensive" center from the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

Its Sleep Disorders Center also passed the American Academy of Sleep Medicine accreditation process without having to make additional changes, which was the case for about 5 percent of national centers surveyed, Silva-Steele said. 

Commissioner Glenn Walters asked if the center would soon be equipped as a Level 3 trauma center. 

Silva-Steele said the only remaining hurdle is the lack of surgeons who live within 30 minutes of the center. They hope to meet that requirement by March 15, she said, but much depends on whether they can recruit nearby surgeons. 

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