University of New Mexico Hospital

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UNM Hospital
University Hospital University of New Mexico.jpg
Location 2211 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Care system Medicaid, Medicare
Hospital type Teaching, Public
Affiliated university The University of New Mexico
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Beds 629
Founded 1954 (?)
Lists Hospitals in New Mexico

The University of New Mexico Hospital (locally known as either University Hospital or UNM Hospital) is a teaching hospital located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, north of The University of New Mexico's Main Campus. It is the only Level I Trauma Center in the State of New Mexico, and also houses the only Children's Hospital and Burn Unit in the state.

UNMH is the state's sole source of 13 pediatric sub-specialties; is the state's sole stroke center as designated by the Joint Commission. Besides being the state's primary source of tertiary care, UNMH s also the region's primary safety-net hospital. The hospital cares for a disproportionate share of New Mexico's un- and under-insured population.

It is also the primary teaching hospital for the UNM School of Medicine, which is located on the hospital campus. As of early 2009, the hospital has 580 certified beds.

In June 2007, a new addition to the hospital opened its doors to the public. The Barbara and Bill Richardson Pavilion, named after New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and his wife Barbara, is a 455,000-square-foot (42,300 m2), six-story addition to the main hospital building. The $225 Million addition took approximately 3 years to build, and houses a greatly expanded emergency room as well as expanded intensive care units, pediatric operating rooms, birthing suites, as well as improved children's inpatient wards.

UNMH has won many awards for its quality:

As of 2011, it has been acknowledged with the following recognition:

As a University Health System Consortium (UHC) 4 stars hospital, placing UNMH in the upper third of academic health centers nationally. As an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. As a Pathway to Excellence® Hospital - the only one in NM As Best Hospital in Region for Vaccinating Newborns by the NM Department of Health. As the Certified Nurse Midwife group practice with the lowest episiotomy rates and one of the top practices nationally for: highest total vaginal birth rate; highest spontaneous vaginal birth rate; lowest primary cesarean section rate; highest rate of 6 week post partum visit attendance; highest breast-feeding continuation rate; and lowest total cesarean section rate, by the American College of Nurse Midwives.

2014 helicopter crash[edit]

A Eurocopter AS350 similar to the aircraft involved in the accident

On April 9, 2014, an Eurocopter AS350B3E crashed on the rooftop of the Barbara and Bill Richardson Pavilion. The Helicopter was in the process of departing the rooftop helipad, when for reasons yet to be determined, the aircraft crashed on the roof by the helipad. Automatic fire suppression systems started, however the helicopter was out of range of the nozzles. There were 3 persons on board, the pilot who sustained injures, a nurse, and a medic. All persons survived the incident. The Helicopter was owned by PHI Air Medical LLC, a Division of Petroleum Helicopters, Inc., and was recently delivered to the company.[1][2]


Coordinates: 35°05′17″N 106°37′05″W / 35.088°N 106.618°W / 35.088; -106.618