NEWS RELEASE

December 17, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico Carrie Tingley Hospital was awarded a three-year accreditation award in Comprehensive Orthotic and Prosthetic services by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC).

UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital was recognized for achievements in the areas of Organizational Management, Patient Care Standards, Quality Assurance, Supplier Compliance, and Facility and Safety Management. This award represents the highest level of accreditation achievable in the profession of orthotics and prosthetics.

"UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the provision of quality patient care services by seeking and attaining ABC accreditation," said Catherine Carter, ABC’s executive director. "ABC has developed the highest standards for accreditation in the industry and is proud to include UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital among our over 1,400 accredited patient care facilities."

UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital has been offering comprehensive orthotic and prosthetic services in the state of New Mexico since 1937, specializing in pediatrics. Carrie Tingley also provides services to patients of all ages through University Hospital and attends statewide outreach clinics to serve the pediatric population throughout the state.

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, 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, Virginia, ABC’s mission is to encourage and promote the highest standards of professionalism in the delivery of or-thotic, prosthetic and pedorthic services. ABC advances the competency of practitioners, promotes the quality and effectiveness of orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic care, and maintains the integrity of the profession.

For additional information about UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital, or ABC, contact UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital at (505) 272-5200.


Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322