December 1, 2004

Contact: Jennifer Riordan, 272-0261, 220-0702 cell; Bridgid Isworth 272-1622

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Carrie Tingley Hospital at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC) proudly announces a three-year accreditation award in orthotics and prosthetics by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc. (ABC).

Carrie Tingley Hospital's orthotic and prosthetic departments were recognized for achievement in the areas of Organizational Management, Professional Staffing Qualifications and Responsibilities, Patient Care Management, Quality Assurance, and Facility and Safety Management. This award represents the highest level of accreditation achievable in the profession of orthotics and prosthetics.

Barbara Ohm, executive director for Carrie Tingley Hospital, said she was proud of the orthotics and prosthetics departments' three-year accreditation award. "This achievement exemplifies the dedication of Carrie Tingley Hospital staff to providing premium health care for New Mexican children and adolescents," Ohm said.

Deputy Executive Director of the ABC, Catherine Carter, said that the orthotics and prosthetics departments at Carrie Tingley Hospital have demonstrated a commitment to the provision of quality patient care services by seeking and attaining ABC accreditation. "The ABC has developed the highest standards for accreditation in the industry and is proud to include Carrie Tingley Hospital among its accreditation recipients," she added.

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc., has been credentialing practitioners and organizations since 1948 in accordance with established standards of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient care. A not-for-profit organization headquartered in Alexandria, VA, the ABC's mission is to encourage and promote the highest standards of professionalism in the delivery of orthotic and prosthetic services.

Carrie Tingley Hospital has been offering orthotics and prosthetic services in New Mexico since 1937 and in Albuquerque since 1981. Carrie Tingley Hospital has a legacy of more than 60 years of commitment to New Mexico's children. Physicians and staff provide responsive, caring and coordinated healthcare services of the highest quality to children and adolescents with complex musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions, rehabilitation needs, developmental issues and long-term physical disabilities.