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FARMINGTON — The New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence recently honored a local woman for her work at San Juan Regional Medical Center.

Barbara Charles received a Nursing Excellence Award during a ceremony Oct. 29 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, according to a press release from San Juan Regional Medical Center.

The release states 174 people were nominated for this year’s awards.

Charles is the cardiology service line director and Chest Pain Center coordinator at San Juan Regional Medical Center and San Juan Regional Heart Center.

She began her nursing career in 1994 and started working at San Juan Regional Medical Center in 2002, when she accepted a position as the hospital’s manager of the medical unit.

She has since served in several roles, including cardiac patient care services manager, the release states. She has worked as the cardiology service line director since 2012.

Charles directed the launch of the hospital’s regional outreach for heart attack alerts and helped the medical center become an accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI, according to the press release.

In 2009, she developed a community health fair, "A Fair of the Heart," and the Goosebump Race, both of which take place during National Heart Month in February. She also helped launch a program to offer free adolescent cardiac screenings to student-athletes.

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