Making the transition from a traditional doctor to a specialist such as a geriatrician is a good choice for those that are 65 years of age or older. Geriatricians have the necessary training and knowledge needed to provide specialized health care services for seniors along with regular preventative checkups.
Albuquerque-area seniors have access to some excellent hospitals and medical centers that achieved recognition by U.S. News & World Report based on the level of care they provide. This guide highlights several top ranked health care service providers in the Albuquerque region. We have also included some helpful online resources and tools to help you find a geriatrics professional.
U.S. News & World Report periodically compiles a listing of close to 5,000 hospitals and medical centers across the nation and ranks them based on a selection of criteria. Factors that determine the overall scores for the health care providers include the elements of patient safety and services, nurse standards and staff, and overall survival rates. The reviews and ratings include both regional and national rankings for metropolitan areas and major cities.
Presbyterian Hospital is regionally ranked for the central New Mexico area, and rated as “high performing” in several adult procedures and conditions that include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement. U.S. News & World Report gave Presbyterian Hospital solid marks on their geriatric scorecard for the areas of patient services, patient safety, and nurse staffing.
Presbyterian offers a variety of specialty services to assess and treat a range of health conditions including the areas of pulmonology, rheumatology, orthopedics, and endocrinology. The hospital also offers hospice care and palliative care along with health care at home services for seniors.
The University of New Mexico (UNM) Hospital is a teaching hospital ranked as “high performing” for the adult procedures and conditions of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure. UNM got high marks on their geriatric scorecard for the areas of patient services and nurse staffing. Other notable areas include the hospital’s ICU unit that is staffed by “intensivists” that have specialized training to provide care for older adults.
The UNM Senior Health Clinic provides older adults that are at least 65 years of age a variety of specialized services options to diagnose and treat chronic conditions and diseases as well as offering preventative care toward the goal of enhancing overall health and wellness. Other health care options include home care and palliative care in addition to outpatient services administered by the UNM Center on Aging.
The task of locating a doctor that specializes in geriatrics can be difficult. Many hospitals group their specialist physicians in with other categories such as internal medicine. We chose a few select online resources and included them here to help make it easier to find a geriatrician in the Albuquerque area.
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