Carrie Tingley, the UNM Hospital, which was first founded as a WPA Project in 1937 as a hospital to treat children with polio, is celebrating its 75thanniversary. Governor Susana Martinez recently signed a proclamation making September “Carrie Tingley Hospital 75thAnniversary Month.”
Sick and injured children have their own unique set of medical needs. From the beginning, Carrie Tingley Hospital has been seen as a national leader in providing caring, coordinated healthcare to children and adolescents with complex musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions, rehabilitation needs, developmental issues and long-term physical disabilities.
The hospital was created and built during the Great Depression under the leadership of then Governor Clyde Tingley and named after his wife, Carrie Tingley. The Tingleys were friends of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the original hospital that was built in Hot Springs, NM, (today’s Truth or Consequences) was modeled on the facility used by President Roosevelt when he was stricken with polio.
Currently, Carrie Tingley Hospital is the only pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the state, housing a 15-bed inpatient unit in the Barbara and Bill Richardson Pavilion, conducting more than 21 specialized clinics ranging in emphasis from brain and spinal cord injuries to development and neurological conditions to juvenile arthritis and clinical genetics.
Last year more than 22,000 patient services were provided to special needs children at UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital. Outpatient services are provided at building at 1127 University NE.
In declaring September “Carrie Tingley Hospital 75thAnniversary Month,” Governor Martinez wrote, “Carrie Tingley Hospital is driven by a vision to enhance the quality of life of New Mexico’s Children with special needs” and “Carrie Tingley Hospital strives to provide compassionate, comprehensive, family-centered care using advanced medical sciences and a network of services with the focus on the treatment of children with chronic conditions.”
Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322