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SJRMC receives excellence award 
FARMINGTON – San Juan Regional Medical received a 2017 New Mexico Performance Excellence Award (NMPEA) from Quality New Mexico, the hospital announced Dec. 18.
Nominees from across the state were evaluated on “being a role model in customer and employee satisfaction, sound management, innovation and results, the hospital said in a press release.
SJRMC received the Level 3 Roadrunner Recognition award, a key step to achieving the pinnacle of performance, the prestigious Zia Award, the release said.
“San Juan Regional Medical Center is on a journey to world class healthcare,” President and CEO Jeff Bourgeois said. “As a part of that journey, we are committed to performance excellence so we can provide our patients with the world class service they deserve. This award shows that we’re making progress. We plan to continue building on that until we reach the Zia Award.”
The Roadrunner Recognition award shows that the institution is making progress in building and implementing sound and systematic processes that “are repeatable and regularly evaluated for improvement, and learnings are shared; and results that show improvement trends with comparisons in areas of importance,” the release said.
Bourgeois and 1st Vice Chairman of the Board Ron Rosen went to the Governor’s Residence Dec. 13 for a recognition event. The formal awards ceremony is in April.  

Farmington Chamber banquet Feb. 2
FARMINGTON – The “Best of the 50's” is the theme for the Farmington Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet Friday, Feb. 2, at the San Juan Country Club. The event begins with cocktails from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with dinner and presentations from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and dancing afterwards.
The chamber suggests attendees wear 50's-style attire. For tickets call 505-325-0279. A sponsor table is $500 and includes 10 tickets. Individual tickets are $50. Seating is limited. 

Mercy among top 10 percent in cardiology services 
DURANGO, Colorado — Cardiology services at Mercy Regional Medical Center are among the top 10 percent in the nation, according to this year’s evaluation from Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals MRC said in a press release. 
Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide each year for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, the release said.
The findings are in Healthgrades’ 2018 Report to the Nation. 
“Mercy Regional Medical Center is honored to be recognized by Healthgrades for being in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for cardiology services. Regional patients benefit from the Mercy medical community's excellence in care coordination, communication, and depth of medical services,” said Alex Fraley, M.D, interventional cardiologist and the medical director of Mercy’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. “Mercy celebrates our Healthgrades recognition, which inspires our clinical teams to continue their delivery of innovative and exceptional care to our community,” he added.
Mercy has been recognized by Healthgrades as a five-star recipient for treatment of heart attack for two years running.  
Last month, Mercy learned that The Leapfrog Group named it “one of only 832 hospitals in the nation and 18 in Colorado to receive an ‘A’ grade for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.,” the hospital said in a release.
In 2016, Mercy was the only hospital in Colorado—and one of only 83 hospitals in the nation—to receive a five-star rating for overall hospital quality from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the release said.

New Mexico agrees to strengthen wage-theft enforcement
SANTA FE (AP) — A legal settlement has been reached to shore up New Mexico's enforcement of laws against wage theft by employers.
A coalition of labor-rights advocacy groups on Dec. 20 announced the agreement with the Department of Workforce Solutions. A district court judge is reviewing proposed requirements that the Division of Labor Relations take on more accusations of wage theft in which workers are underpaid or not paid at all.
New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty attorney Elizabeth Wagoner says more than 500 claims of wage theft are filed every year. She says the state previously denied one of every four complaints for improper reasons.
Under the proposed settlement, employers who fail to pay minimum or overtime wages are more likely to pay damages at three times the value of unpaid wages.
New Mexico attorney general joining suit over net neutrality
SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico's attorney general is joining top prosecutors in other states suing the Federal Communications Commission for repealing "net neutrality" rules.
Democratic Attorney General Hector Balderas on Dec. 15 called the FCC decision an "un-American attack on a free and open internet" that will harm New Mexico consumers and families.
Foes worry companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon will either charge for fast service or cut speeds for content they don't earn money from. The companies say that won't happen.
The planned lawsuit will be led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The Republican-controlled FCC voted Thursday to scrap an Obama-era rule that guaranteed equal access to the internet. Chairman Ajit Pai says his plan eliminates unnecessary regulation.

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