Presbyterian Healthcare Services

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Headquarters Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Area served
New Mexico
Services Healthcare
Number of employees
1,000+ physicians and practitioners, 1,500+ employees and 400 volunteers

Presbyterian Healthcare Services is a private not-for-profit[1] health care system and health care provider in the State of New Mexico.[2] It owns and operates 8 hospitals in 7 New Mexico communities.[3] It also operates Presbyterian Health Plan.


The Sanitarium in 1911

In 1908, Rev. Hugh A. Cooper, a presbyterian pastor in Albuquerque founded the Southwest Presbyterian Sanatorium, a facility for the hundreds of tuberculosis patients coming to Albuquerque. By 1950, with tuberculosis under control, its future became in doubt. The board of directors hired a professional hospital administrator to help manage the institution. A new administrator brought a new focus, and a new name: The Presbyterian Hospital Center.[4]

The Presbyterian Hospital Center grew through the 1960s and 1970s: Kaseman Hospital, a satellite facility in northeastern Albuquerque opened, the state’s first HMO health plan was established, a statewide multi-hospital system was formed. The Presbyterian Hospital Center was renamed Southwestern Community Health Services, and finally the present Presbyterian Hospital [4]


Rust Medical Center opened in 2011


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