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HSC Public Affairs

The HSC Public Affairs department is responsible for external and internal communication. Through its external communication program, HSC Public Affairs: prepares news releases, writes feature stories, responds to media queries, handles interview requests, sets up news conferences and other media events.


Contact Us

Office Location

Health Sciences Services Building
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

Mailing Address

MSC 07 4360
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Contact Information

Public Affairs Email

After-Hours Contact

To contact HSC Public Affairs on weekends or after hours, call the UNM Hospital switchboard at
272-2111 and ask the operator to page the HSC Public Affairs on-call representative. Leave your phone number and your call will be returned promptly.

Alex Sanchez (photo)

Alex Sanchez
Public Information Officer
Phone: (505) 313-3429

Luke Frank(photo)

Luke Frank
Media Relations Manager
Phone: (505) 272-3679

Cindy Foster (photo)

Cindy Foster
Senior Public Affairs Representative
Phone: (505) 272-0260

Patient Conditions

For patients involved in newsworthy events, the HSC Public Affairs on-call representative can provide the patient’s condition, if available. The conditions used by UNM Hospital are:

  • Critical
    Immediate Threat to Life: Patient may be conscious or unconscious. Vital signs are unstable and indicators may be unfavorable. Patients are on life support.

  • Serious
    Possible Threat to Life: Patient is acutely ill, may be conscious or unconscious. Vital signs are stable. Indicators are questionable.

  • Satisfactory
    No Probable Threat to Life: Patient may be uncomfortable, but is conscious, alert, awake and able to communicate with staff. Patient is not intubated. Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Indicators are favorable.

  • Undetermined
    Patient awaiting physician and assessment.

Under the Federal privacy law, it is required that you provide the patient’s name when requesting a condition. To avoid confusion and wrong information, the Public Affairs on-call representative will not be able to provide a condition without the patient's name.