University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH), the state's only academic medical center, is the primary teaching hospital for the university's School of Medicine. UNMH cares for a large, diverse population with complex and urgent health needs, providing more than $135 million of uncompensated care per year.
UNMH, home to the state's only Level I Trauma Center, annually manages more than:
- 93,000 emergency visits
- 7,000 trauma cases
- 18,000 surgeries
- 491,000 outpatient visits
Through us, thousands of patients receive advanced treatments in clinical trials. Many more patients benefit from our telehealth network that gives providers audio and video access to rural communities statewide.
Mission, Vision & Core Values
Discover our philosophy of care.
Our patient care mission encompasses serving as an accessible, high-quality, safety-focused, comprehensive care provider for all the people of Bernalillo County, and providing specialized services for people across the state.
Our education mission focuses on creating a patient care environment that supports the educational programs of the UNM Health Sciences Center professional schools.
Our research mission focuses on the application of new biomedical knowledge, translated to innovative patient care programs and models of health care delivery, leading to health status improvement for New Mexico.
UNMH will be the leader in improving New Mexico's health outcomes through our academic specialty programs and our community-responsive, culturally competent, patient care, education and clinical research programs.
We aspire to be one of the nation's leading university hospitals that captures the synergy in being both an excellent academic institution and an innovative, community-oriented public teaching hospital. UNMH will set the standard for excellence in quality and patient safety in public teaching hospitals.
Our core values emphasize:
- A culture of shared expectations regarding integrity, accountability and decisiveness in commitment to excellence.
- Compassion and respect in our interaction with students, patients and colleagues.
- Diversity in people and thinking.
- Effective utilization of our resources.
- Advancement of our institutional mission while supporting professional and personal growth.
Rest assured that UNMH provides excellent care. We're accredited by The Joint Commission – the nation's largest independent, nonprofit health care accrediting agency – in recognition of our commitment to quality improvement and patient safety.
We also earned Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ award in 2016. This distinction recognizes UNMH's performance in the top five percent nationally for overall clinical excellence – based on mortality and complication rates for common inpatient procedures and conditions.
Mill Levy & County Support
UNMH receives about $90 million annually from Bernalillo County property taxes subject to voter renewal of a mill levy every eight years. These funds support care for tens of thousands of people in need annually.
To see how UNM Hospital has helped save and improve lives throughout its history, watch our Homegrown Healthcare video.
The facility now called UNMH opened in 1954 as Bernalillo County Indian Hospital, the only hospital dedicated to serving local Native Americans. In the late 1960s, the facility became part of the University of New Mexico, and in 1979, the hospital took its current name.
UNMH built an emergency/critical care addition in 1984. The facility's most recent major upgrade, the Barbara & Bill Richardson Pavilion, opened in spring 2007. The pavilion added nearly 500,000 square feet of space, including an expanded emergency department, UNM Children's Hospital, and other areas designed for efficiency, safety and the latest technology.