The University of New Mexico Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC) held its grand opening on July 7, 2012 and will be taking patients soon.
SRMC has a total of 72 inpatient beds and is comprised of two 24-bed medical/surgical units with 12 intensive care beds, 12 senior behavioral health beds, and 13 emergency medicine beds.
Special patient care details were strategically placed throughout the hospital and dozens of features were installed for patient safety and infection control.
The patient suites and all patient areas are laid with dark and light colored tiles. When a visitor or medical staff member steps from a dark to light tile, this is a visual reminder for them to wash their hands. Each patient suite and other areas throughout the hospital are equipped with custom-built sinks that are three inches deep. This reduces the splash zone, thus decreasing infection and disease dispersion.
For visiting hours, patients can be with their family members 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each patient suite has a personal bathroom and custom-built, three-seat sofa with a pull out bed to help accommodate visitors.
Natural lighting plays an important role in patient recovery and so there is an atrium between the hospital and Professional Arts Building, and at the end of every hallway a large window.
The Professional Arts Building has more than 26,000 square feet for primary care and specialty care physician clinic space, out-patient physical therapy, medical education space, and the hospital cafeteria and dining room. Medical and surgical specialties practicing within the Professional Arts Building include: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, General Surgery, ENT, Urology, Rheumatology, Pulmonology, non-invasive Cardiology, and Integrative Medicine.
Some of the most sophisticated technology available in healthcare today will be easily accessible for top patient care at SRMC.
SRMC will have the first breast tomosynthesis equipment in the state of New Mexico. Rather than the typical 2D mammography imaging, breast tomosynthesis is a 3D x-ray technique that uses computers to reconstruct the views of the breast. Using this advanced technology means a significant decrease in the percentage of women who are falsely diagnosed with a suspicious breast mass, sparing them the discomfort of an invasive biopsy and the anxiety that comes with the days and weeks of waiting for uncertain results.
For the latest in radiographic and imaging technology, SRMC installed a Philips Ingenia 3 Tesla MRI, a state-of-the-art MRI scanner. The field strength of the 3 Tesla produces greater resolution and image detail while significantly reducing the length of procedure for patients. With a quicker system and higher quality imaging, doctors will receive the patient’s results immediately.
SRMC also has two CT scanners, both of which are equipped with low-dose technology. Low-dose technology is important because lower radiation doses decrease the patient’s future risk of cancer.
For more information on SRMC, visit http://unmsrmc.org/.