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UNM Hospital Receives National ECMO Award

The University of New Mexico Hospital Adult Critical Care and ECMO program recently received the national Award for Excellence in Life Support – Gold Level.

“This honor reflects the dedication of our inter-disciplinary team within the Adult Critical Care and Adult ECMO programs.  UNM has gained an international reputation with our groundbreaking ECMO  treatments,” said Jon Marinaro, MD, professor and co-chief of the UNM Center for Adult Critical Care and director of the Adult ECMO Program.  

The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) is an international non-profit consortium of health care institutions dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems.

“This is a remarkable achievement by your center and the committee offers you congratulations on behalf of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization,” the awards committee wrote in their letter to Marinaro.

According to the organization’s guidelines, the award recognizes institutions that “go above and beyond expectations.”  Qualifying centers must be experienced in patient care with established policies and procedures; have comprehensive, in-depth training and education processes, a defined family education program, highly developed quality initiatives, continuous review processes within their program and outcome reviews.

The award will be presented during the annual ELSO 30th annual convention in Austin, TX.


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