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Hospitals of Providence Offers new “Hidden Scar” Surgery for Breast Cancer Reconstruction

The Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus has been recognized as a Hidden Scar Center for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery.

Officials share that the Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus is the first in El Paso to perform this advanced approach to breast cancer surgery that hides scars, minimizing the daily emotional reminder of a breast cancer diagnosis.

The procedure expands options for women with a procedure that effectively treats the cancer, while optimizing cosmetic results.

“A breast cancer diagnosis is difficult enough,” said Dr. Mark Landeros, MD, General Surgeon.  “It’s important that our patients know they have options to not only treat breast cancer, but to do so with a less invasive, non-transforming surgery.  Hidden Scar allows us to treat the breast cancer, while preserving the natural shape of the breast, leaving no scar or visible reminder.”

Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery allows surgeons to remove the cancerous tissue through a single incision made in a hidden area, preserving the natural shape of the breast while reducing visible scarring. Patients who undergo this approach experience optimal clinical and cosmetic outcomes, and are at no higher risk of recurrence than patients who undergo any other surgical technique.

“We are proud to be advancing Breast Cancer Services for the El Paso community,” said Nicholas Tejeda, Market Chief Executive Officer for The Hospitals of Providence.  “It’s important that our patients have options while going through this difficult cancer journey and are able to get back to their life with the same confidence as before.”

Five-year survival rates for breast cancer are high. As such, survivorship is becoming increasingly important. Scars have a significant impact on Survivorship in that they impact the survivors’ body image, intimacy, confidence and mental health.

Each year, approximately 253,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer that requires surgery. Many women are unaware of all the surgical options available, including less invasive approaches that can help restore their self-image and allow them to begin the emotional healing process.

For more information, visit the Hospitals of Providence website.

Hospitals of Providence Unveils Breast & Women’s Health Center East

The Hospitals of Providence welcomed the new Breast & Women’s Health Center East to its growing network of healthcare facilities in the El Paso region with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

“The Hospitals of Providence Breast & Women’s Health Center East brings even more state-of-the-art health services and technology to far East El Paso,” said Monica Vargas-Mahar, Market Chief Operating Officer for The Hospitals of Providence and Chief Executive Officer for East Campus.

“By providing the newest technology, we’re offering our patients the benefit of more accurate cancer detection and lower call-back rates for routine screenings, which helps lessen the anxiety and worry they may have cancer.”

Officials with Breast & Women’s Health Center East will now offer El Pasoans “the newest cutting-edge digital technology, 3D mammography, providing clearer images to further improve the precision of breast cancer diagnoses.”

The center will also offer bone density exams, ultrasounds, stereotactic breast biopsies and ultrasound breast biopsies, at a convenient eastside location.

Members of the community joined The Hospitals of Providence leadership team, as well as physicians and staff, during the ribbon cutting ceremony, held on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

The Hospitals of Providence Breast & Women’s Health Center East, located at 3270 Joe Battle Boulevard, Suite 340-B.

Two Hospitals of Providence CEOs Honored With National Recognition as Women Leaders

On Monday, officials with the Hospitals of Providence announced that two of its hospital CEOs have been nationally recognized as women leaders in the healthcare industry.

Monica Vargas-Mahar and Tasha Hopper were named to the Becker’s Hospital Review 2018 list of “Women Hospital and Healthcare Leaders to Know”.

As Becker’s notes, “These women are hospital and health system executives for institutions across the nation. These leaders face the challenges of running healthcare organizations head-on. Many wear multiple hats within their health system to promote organizational growth and drive innovation.”

Monica Vargas-Mahar serves as the Market Chief Operating Officer for The Hospitals of Providence and the Chief Executive Officer for the East Campus.

As Market COO, she oversees operations for the entire network in the El Paso area. As CEO of the East Campus, she successfully guided the hospital to achieve the advancement of its trauma designation to a Level 3 emergency room. Vargas-Mahar was also instrumental in helping both the Sierra Campus and East Campus receive a Grade “A” by Leapfrog for patient safety.

Tasha Hopper serves as Chief Executive Officer for The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus. Having begun her career as a Labor and Delivery nurse at the Memorial Campus, she has made a difference and inspired those around her as she’s persevered and served in several capacities to include Director of Nursing, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, Associate Administrator, Chief Operating Officer and now Chief Executive Officer of the Transmountain Campus.

As the hospital’s first employee, Hopper oversaw the Transmountain Campus’ $120 million construction and has continued to oversee its development, operations and growth since opening its doors in January 2017.

Via a news release, THoP Officials added, “Both Vargas-Mahar and Hopper are inspirational and compassionate leaders, determined to make a difference in healthcare and in the El Paso community.”

Becker’s Hospital Review selected 143 women to its list of hospital and health system leaders to know. They were selected to the list for their success in helping to achieve financial, operational and clinical goals; as well as, contributing to the culture of innovation and transformation valued by The Hospitals of Providence and its staff, patients and the community.

Hospitals of Providence East, Sierra Campus Receive “A” for Patient Safety

The Hospitals of Providence East Campus and Sierra Campus earned a grade “A” in a recent national safety study conducted by Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization.

“It is a tremendous accomplishment to receive two grade “A’s” and a true testament of our team’s dedication to provide our patients the care they deserve in a safe environment,” said Nicholas Tejeda, Market CEO for The Hospitals of Providence. “This achievement takes great collaboration from each team member to ensure every element of care is held to the highest of standards. We are incredibly proud of their commitment to safe patient care.”

As part of the national safety study, Leapfrog Group scores hospitals on how safe patients are kept from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Scores are graded on a scale from A – F, based on 27 process and outcome measures of hospital data.

The Hospitals of Providence East Campus and Sierra Campus were among 750 hospitals nationally recognized as an “A” for efforts in protecting patients and meeting high safety standards.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are updated every spring and fall following assessments of publically available data for more than 2,500 hospitals across the country. Leapfrog is considered the gold standard for measuring patient care and safety.

“We are proud to see a grade “A” for the 13th consecutive scoring period for East Campus,” said Monica Vargas-Mahar, CEO of The Hospitals of Providence East Campus and Market COO for The Hospitals of Providence.

“Our team is passionate about the care they provide our patients and ensuring it is provided with the highest and safest standards of quality. To have our Sierra Campus also join this prestigious list is an incredible accomplishment for our network.”

To see full grade rating for The Hospitals of Providence East Campus and Sierra Campus, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital this website.

Hospitals of Providence Expands, Acquires Neighbors Emergency Center in East El Paso

Officials with the Hospitals of Providence announced Thursday day the acquisition of the off-campus Neighbors Emergency Center located at Edgemere and Loop 375, in east El Paso.

“We have seen tremendous growth here in east El Paso,” said Monica Vargas-Mahar, Chief Executive Officer for The Hospitals of Providence East Campus and Market Chief Operating Officer for The Hospitals of Providence.

“We are excited to provide our community with another access point so that our patients and families can get the care they need close to home.”

The Hospitals of Providence Emergency Room Edgemere officially opened its doors November 8, 2018.   The facility provides 24-hour emergency care in east El Paso with seven private treatment rooms, including one designated for the care of children.

The emergency room offers specially trained ER nurses and physicians on-site at all times and is equipped to provide emergency services, diagnostic imaging and lab services.

“We look forward to growing with our community and providing the highest quality of care,” said Vargas-Mahar.

This facility is located at 12011 Edgemere Boulevard. To learn more about The Hospitals of Providence, visit their website.

Hospitals of Providence Observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Reduced Exam Fees

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Hospitals of Providence are doing all they can to celebrate breast cancer survivors and raise awareness throughout the El Paso community about prevention and treatment.

In addition to offering $60 mammograms throughout October, The Hospitals of Providence Imaging Center East and West will host events to make preventative care convenient and fun.

Also, officials will host a Facebook live,real-time Q & A with a certified Breast Cancer Navigator. Tune in on October 2 at noon on The Hospitals of Providence Facebook page.

October Breast Cancer Awareness events:

To schedule your appointment cal1: 577-8421(West) or 577-8139 (East)

Mammos Until Midnight

WHAT:           Sometimes it’s hard to escape the workday for an appointment, so this event is here to make mammograms available until midnight. Enjoy music, refreshments and more.

WHEN:           5:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, October 5, 2018

WHERE:         The Hospitals of Providence Imaging Center West, 601 Sunland Park Drive

 

Lattes & Ladies

WHAT:           Join The Hospitals of Providence at two locations for a morning of lattes, treats, mammos and more!

WHEN:           7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018

WHERE:         The Hospitals of Providence Imaging Center West, 601 Sunland Park Drive

                        The Hospitals of Providence Imaging Center East, 2400 Trawood Drive, Suite 100

Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus Receives Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center

On Wednesday it was announced that the Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus, had earned recognition as meeting the guidelines required for treatment of the most serious stroke events.

“Being designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center is a monumental achievement for the Sierra Campus,” said Nicholas Tejeda, Market Chief Executive Officer for The Hospitals of Providence.  “We are absolutely committed to providing the highest level of care and treatment to stroke patients – patients who could be our neighbors, friends and family.  I commend every member of our dedicated team for their steadfast focus to delivering the care that enabled the Sierra Campus to earn this designation.”

The Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, granted by the accrediting agency DNV, recognizes hospitals that have met specific metrics in the full spectrum of stroke care including, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education.

Officials with the hospital share that Comprehensive Stroke Centers offer state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes.  Being recognized as a Comprehensive Stroke Center is the highest level of stroke certification available.

“When a stroke occurs, where you go and how fast you get there matters.  Having trained specialists on-site, 24/7 with the expertise to treat the most complex of stroke cases, ensures better outcomes for our patients and their recovery.” said Dr. Rakesh Khatri, Assistant Professor in the department of Neurology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, specializing in Vascular Neurology and Interventional Neurology and current Medical Director for Comprehensive Stroke Services at Sierra Campus.

“This has been a result of tremendous collaboration among multiple disciplines and a vision to improve stroke care in the community.”

Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability as noted by The National Stroke Association. Stroke is a brain attack occurring when blood flow to the brain is cut off, causing brain cells to be deprived of oxygen and begin to die.  A stroke can cause permanent loss of speech, movement, and memory.

The Sierra Campus offers a comprehensive program to provide and care for stroke patients through the entire treatment plan.  From the time a stroke patient arrives in the emergency room, a dedicated team is ready to begin life-saving care.

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit provides stroke patients with advanced rehabilitative care and expertise to promote recovery and increase functionality.

Additionally, the Sierra Campus continuously offers stroke prevention education to the community through various community events and hosts a Stroke Support Group for caregivers and survivors the second Wednesday of every month.

In addition to its certification for comprehensive stroke, Sierra Campus was recently recognized with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.  The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit also celebrated the accreditation by the Commission Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF).

To learn more about stroke care and services available, visit the Hospitals of Providence website.

Hospitals of Providence Introduce Obstetric Hospitalist Program

On Thursday, officials with the Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus introduced the Obstetric Hospitalist Program for expectant moms.

“Having an OB Hospitalist Program elevates the level of care for expectant moms, by having specialists on-site, whenever an OB concern or emergency presents itself,” said Dr. Jose Aun, Lead Obstetrician-Gynecologist for The Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus OB Hospitalist Program.

“We are here to serve as the extra level of care during emergency situations when the expectant mom’s OB is not readily available.  We want to ensure pregnant women arriving to our emergency room are able to be seen and treated quickly by an obstetrician for the safety of both mom and baby.”

The Obstetric (OB) Hospitalist Program promotes a higher quality of care by offering 24/7 in-house obstetrical and emergency room coverage by Board Certified OB physicians, providing optimal treatment for women who present to the hospital with obstetric concerns or emergencies.

Additional benefits of the program include decreased wait times and the ability for expectant moms, greater than 20 weeks gestation, to be immediately assessed and cared for in the emergency room, improving patient safety in part by preventing unattended deliveries.

“Our goal is to help ease anxiety and fears for women who present to the hospital with an obstetric concern or emergency,” said Dr. Aun.  “Programs such as these, attribute to more favorable outcomes by improving patient safety in part by expediting emergency treatment and preventing unattended deliveries.”

In addition to the Obstetric Hospitalist Program, Memorial Campus offers a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), providing the highest level of care designated in the state of Texas, for premature or critically ill babies.

Hospitals of Providence First in Region to Provide ‘Hemospray’ to Stop Gastrointestinal Bleeding

The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus is now the first healthcare provider in the region to provide patients with a new non-surgical way for doctors to stop bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract.

Hemospray is a device which contains a blend of powdered minerals that can be applied as a spray and administered non-invasively, causing blood to coagulate and helping to stop bleeding in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

When the powder comes in contact with blood, it absorbs water and forms a gel that covers the bleeding site.

“Hemospray provides a non-surgical option for patients with GI bleeding that could not be treated with our usual endoscopic therapies. Having this therapy made available locally is a testament to the commitment of the Hospitals of Providence in providing our patients the newest therapies for gastrointestinal emergencies,” said Dr. Emmanuel Gorospe, MD, MPH, FACP, FACG, an interventional gastroenterologist and co-editor of the book, GI Endoscopic Emergencies.

Bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract is a leading cause of morbidity and is associated with an estimated 20,000 deaths per year in the U.S., according to Cook Medical, the makers of the newly approved, Hemospray.

“At The Hospitals of Providence we strive to bring new technology to the region that is beneficial to our patients and the care we provide them,” said Tasha Hopper, Chief Executive Officer for The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus.

“Transmountain Campus is happy to be the first in the area to provide patients with this new way to safely stop gastrointestinal bleeding without the need for surgery.”

Transmountain Campus provides gastrointestinal oncology and advanced endoscopy procedures for the El Paso Region.  GI specialists are available at Transmountain Campus to perform an array of procedures to maintain the health of the digestive tract, detect early cancers and treat gastrointestinal emergencies.

The campus also offers advanced, minimally-invasive gastrointestinal, biliary and pancreatic interventions including endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) for cancer staging, EUS-guided biopsies, drainage and nerve blocks.

To find out more about services available visit the website.

Hospitals of Providence Breast and Women’s Center West Earns Quality Breast Center Certification

The Hospitals of Providence has once again been recognized for the quality care it provides to the El Paso region.

“Women’s healthcare is a top priority for The Hospitals of Providence and the community we serve,” said Lisa Tarbutton, Director of Radiology Services for The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus.  “The Quality Breast Center certification achieved by The Hospitals of Providence Breast and Women’s Center West keeps us accountable for ensuring that we provide the highest quality care to our patients. I’m proud of the work the center has done to attain this certification.”

The Hospitals of Providence Breast and Women’s Center West has been certified as a Quality Breast Center, through the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers program. The NQMBC was established in order to empower breast centers with the ability to measure and improve the quality of care provided to breast cancer patients.

The management of breast diseases, which includes screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, requires the interaction of multiple specialists in multiple departments, including surgery, physical therapy, radiation oncology and others.

The center offers a state-of-the-art facility and comforting environment, with a friendly and knowledgeable healthcare staff to assist women with testing and clinics. It provides advanced technology designed to increase the range of screening and diagnosis possibilities to our patients.

The certification recognizes that The Hospitals of Providence Breast and Women’s Center West quality performance meets the NQMBC’s standards and criteria and the center has supplied at least 75% of the measures used for quality breast centers to gauge performance.

In addition, the Quality Breast Center designation certifies that The Hospitals of Providence Breast and Women’s Center West performed above the 25th percentile on 75 percent of the measures used for quality breast centers to gauge performance.

Hospitals of Providence East Campus Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Rising out of the desert just east of Loop 375, and now surrounded by homes and businesses, the Hospitals of Providence East Campus is celebrating ten years in East El Paso.

Officials with the Hospitals of Providence say that since the East Campus opened its doors on May 21, 2008, it has had “a significant impact in El Paso.”

“We saw a dire need for healthcare access in the east community,” said Monica Vargas-Mahar, CEO for The Hospitals of Providence East Campus and Market COO for The Hospitals of Providence. “When we broke ground there was nothing but dirt for miles and now businesses and neighborhood communities have quickly surrounded.”

Since its inception, East Campus has had vast growth to provide the East community with the healthcare access needed in their neighborhood. The hospital seeing the need for added services in this area, underwent a $68 million expansion project in 2015 to add an additional tower, in order to increase bed count by 80 and expanding the emergency department.

Over the ten years, East Campus has touched thousands of lives, with 85,837 admissions, 18,076 deliveries, 35,050 surgeries 452,112 emergency department visits, and a total of 754,622 outpatient visits.

Vargas-Mahar, most recently named CEO for East Campus, was COO in 2008 and oversaw construction for the facility.

“I’m privileged to return back to the campus where I began this exciting project,” she said. “We continue to grow and expand our services to give patients the high quality care they need close to home. Most recently, we announced we are in active pursuit of Trauma Level-III designation to provide a higher level of care to patients with trauma injuries.”

East Campus was recently awarded a patient safety grade “A” by Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization.

“Our people are what make us great,” said Vargas-Mahar. “It is their dedication to patient excellence that makes the difference and provides better patient outcomes. I am proud of our team and today on our anniversary we celebrate over a 100 employees for their 10 years of service. That’s a huge victory to have that many employees who have been committed to our team since the beginning.”

In addition to their medical services, the East Campus is a strong community supporter and is active in the surrounding schools. They support El Dorado High School through the International Baccalaurete Art Exhibit program. East Campus established the Student Board of Directors in 2015, comprised of students from the Ysleta and Socorro school district, giving them hands-on experience and knowledge to the healthcare industry. The hospital is heavily involved with Clint Independent School district to provide robotic demonstrations to their STEM program.

“We look forward to growing with the community and continuing to provide safe, quality healthcare to our patients,” said Vargas-Mahar.

The economic impact hospitals have in a community is tremendous. According to the American Hospital Association, “The goods and services hospitals purchase from other businesses create additional economic value for the community. With these “ripple effects” included, each hospital job supports about two additional jobs, and every dollar spent by a hospital supports roughly $2.30 of additional business activity.”

Hospitals of Providence East Campus Receives “A” for Patient Safety in Spring 2018

Officials with the Hospitals of Providence announced Tuesday that their East Campus earned a grade “A” in a recent national safety study conducted by Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization.

“We are proud to see a grade “A” for the 12th consecutive scoring period from Leapfrog,” said Monica Vargas-Mahar, CEO of The Hospitals of Providence East Campus and Market COO for The Hospitals of Providence. “We strive to continually improve our performance in clinical care and patient satisfaction. It’s gratifying to see independent recognition of those efforts and a true testament to our staff that they are committed to providing our patients with the safe, quality care they deserve.”

As part of the national safety study, Leapfrog Group scores hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.  Scores are graded on a scale from A – F, based on 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data.

“Leapfrog is considered the gold standard for measuring patient care, and we are pleased to see East Campus well-represented among the top-performing U.S. hospitals,” said Vargas-Mahar.  “Recognition of this sort does not happen by chance. It is possible only through the dedication and tireless work of our nurses, physicians, and ancillary staff who treat our patients as though they were family.”

The Hospitals of Providence East Campus was among 750 hospitals nationally and only one in El Paso to be awarded an ‘A’ for efforts in protecting patients and meeting high safety standards.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are updated every spring and fall following assessments of more than 2,500 hospitals across the country.

To see full grade rating for The Hospitals of Providence East Campus, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

Hospitals of Providence to Hold Free ‘Strides Against Stroke’ Event Saturday

The Hospitals of Providence will hold Strides Against Stroke, a free health-screening event and walk this Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 7am to 11am at Cielo Vista Mall.

“Strides Against Stroke is a completely free event and a way to help educate the community to know and understand the signs and symptoms of stroke,” said Cristina Ramirez, Stroke Coordinator for The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus. “Through health screenings, we are able to assess El Pasoan’s risks for stroke, in hopes to help prevent an event from occurring.”

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States – and a leading cause of disability. In El Paso, many residents are at risk of stroke because of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.

The Hospitals of Providence continues to be committed to this cause and remains the “Primary Stroke Center” at Memorial and Sierra Campus.

Hospital officials share, “Every year, close to 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke, of which 80 percent would be preventable with the right education and care. Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease which affects the arteries leading to the brain and the arteries within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, and that part of the brain starts to die.”

The community is invited to come and participate in this free event. Additional activities include education booths, face painting and activities for the kids.

“Education is the best prevention when it comes to stroke,” said Ramirez. “Every second matters and recognizing the signs can save your life.”

Additional Information

It’s important for El Paso residents to know the following warning signs of stroke and teach them to others – because with stroke, every second counts:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause
  • Stroke is a medical emergency – call 911 immediately if you or someone you know experiences symptoms.

Learning to recognize the warning signs of stroke and acting quickly when they occur can mean the difference in surviving a stroke and minimizing long-term disability, or being physically and mentally devastated and dying from stroke.

Event Information

The Hospitals of Providence – Strides Against Stroke  |  Free Health Screening Event and Walk

Saturday, May 12   7am – 11am   Cielo Vista Mall   First floor, near JCPenney

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To RSVP call (844) 367-5656. – Registration is not required but is recommended.  Health screenings will be done on a first come, first-served basis

 

Hospitals of Providence Announces Executive Leadership Promotions

The Hospitals of Providence announced Monday two key leadership promotions in their healthcare corporate structure.

“We take great pride in promoting from within and given the caliber of talent we have in both Sally and Nico, their respective teams and our patients will benefit from having them in their new roles,” said Eric Evans, President of Hospital Operations for Tenet Healthcare.  “They are outstanding leaders who embody our culture and values and live and breathe our mission – to help people live happier, healthier lives – every single day.”

Sally Hurt-Deitch, Group CEO for The Hospitals of Providence (El Paso) & Valley Baptist Health System (Rio Grande Valley), has been named Tenet’s Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer.

Sally, a native El Pasoan, began her healthcare career in nursing and is an enthusiastic champion of high quality care for patients.  While driving significant expansion activities at The Hospitals of Providence over the last 11 years in CEO roles, Sally also maintained the organization’s focus on delivering the highest standards of care to every patient – having earned Leapfrog Hospital “A” Safety Score for five consecutive years at the THOP East Campus and being a three time Circle of Excellence award winner.

She has been recognized with many awards, including being named one of healthcare’s 10 women leaders to watch by Modern Healthcare, a recipient of the Corris Boyd Leadership Award by the American Federation of Hospitals, and a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Texas at El Paso – its first recipient of that honor from the College of Nursing.

Sally also serves as president of the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives, serves as a member of the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – El Paso Branch, and serves as the chair-elect of the Texas Hospital Association.

As VP for Patient Care Services and CNO, Sally will lead, in collaboration with Dr. Octavio Diaz, Chief Medical Officer for Tenet, critical areas including quality, safety, and patient experience across all Tenet hospitals. Sally brings both clinical and administrative experience to this role having begun her healthcare in nursing and ultimately promoted to Group CEO overseeing seven hospitals with over 7,000 employees across three Texas markets.

Nicholas “Nico” Tejeda, CEO for The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus & Sierra Campus, has been named Market CEO for The Hospitals of Providence.  Nico brings a wealth of experience to his new role, with a strong focus on the patient experience and delivering high-quality care to every patient who enters our doors.

As Market CEO, Nico will continue to expand healthcare services and quality of care for the El Paso region. Since joining THOP in 2015, Nico has led multiple initiatives to expand care, such as an affiliation with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. He also has been recognized with a number of Tenet and industry awards.

Nico will lead the market in collaboration with Monica Vargas-Mahar, El Paso Market Chief Operating Officer and CEO at The Hospitals of Providence East Campus.  Their combined experiences and dedication to the community will continue to move healthcare forward in El Paso.

The Hospitals of Providence covers the El Paso Region to include West Texas and Southern New Mexico. The system includes Memorial Campus, Providence Children’s Hospital, Sierra Campus, East Campus, Transmountain Campus, Horizon City Campus; Imaging Centers; Trawood and Northeast Emergency Rooms; Paso del Norte and El Paso Day Surgery Centers; Teen Health Resource Centers; Wound Care and Hyperbaric Centers; Inpatient Rehabilitation Program; Outpatient Therapy Centers; MedPost and MedPost Kids Urgent Care Centers; and ‘A New Me’ Surgical Weight Loss Program.

Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus Earns Heart Failure Accreditation

The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus is one of only two hospitals in the country to receive recognition from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) under new, more rigorous standards for treating patients suffering from heart failure.

“ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Heart Failure Accreditation on Sierra Campus,” said Abraham Joseph, Vice President of ACC Accreditation Services. “We commend Sierra Campus for its demonstrated leadership and commitment to providing El Paso area patients with excellent care of heart failure patients.”

Sierra Campus was awarded Heart Failure Accreditation in October, 2017 based on on-site review of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through pre-hospital care, early stabilization, acute care, transitional care, clinical quality measures and more.

Heart failure is a condition where the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. Hospitals that employ an evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to managing heart failure have been able to reduce time to treatment, and are able to identify and predict high-risk patients while also reducing length-of- stay and hospital re-admissions.

Hospitals receiving Heart Failure Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success.

Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the precise care of heart failure patients.

Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education, improved patient outcomes, and more effective and efficient disease control.

“This important accreditation is a result of our team’s hard work, and commitment to providing high-quality, compassionate care,” said Monica Vargas-Mahar, CEO of Sierra Campus.” We thank our team for their passion and dedication to our patients and to moving health forward.”

The ACC and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like Sierra Campus access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance.

These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including heart failure.

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