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Emergency Medical Systems Stroke/STEMI Program

A stroke is a “brain attack”. It can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.

How a person is affected by their stroke depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged. For example, someone who had a small stroke may only have minor problems such as temporary weakness of an arm or leg. People who have larger strokes may be permanently paralyzed on one side of their body or lose their ability to speak. Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than ⅔ of survivors will have some type of disability.


This is a short survey which will help influence how the systems of Stroke care are Developed in the State of NM.

In an effort to better understand the EMS providers in our state (before a statewide Stroke protocol is developed) we would like to invite you to fill out a short survey. This survey will help influence how the systems of stroke care is developed in the State of NM. Please take the survey only once and answer honestly.

Please visit the Stroke System of Care Survey to complete this survey.

Certification of Stroke Centers

Emergency Medical Services Certification of Stroke Centers

In 2014, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) developed New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) rules for the certification of stroke centers.

The rules outline the process for the NMDOH for the certification of hospitals that achieve Joint Commission Accreditation as a stroke center.

Please view the NMAC 7.27.13 rule page for details.

Accredited STEMI Centers

According to NMSA 24-10B-13 the department shall certify an acute care hospital as a STEMI receiving center or STEMI referring center if that hospital has been accredited as a STEMI receiving center or STEMI referring center by the society of cardiovascular patient care or another nationally recognized organization that provides STEMI receiving or referring accreditation.

Listed below are the hospitals that are recognized by the state for their achievements.

Receiving Centers

  • Heart Hospital of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM

Referring Centers

There are no accredited STEMI referring centers at this time.

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Primary Stroke Centers

These are the certified primary stroke centers in New Mexico that are recognized by the state for their achievements.

  • Lea Regional Medical Center in Hobbs, NM (JCAHO).
  • Moutainview Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM (JCAHO).
  • University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, NM (JCAHO).
  • Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, NM (JCAHO).
  • Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque, NM (DNV).
  • San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, NM (DNV).

Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals

These are the certified primary stroke centers in New Mexico that are recognized by the state for their achievements.

  • Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services Gallup, NM (DNV).

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