December 8, 2004

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Women's Health Care program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is on its way to becoming one of the leading programs provided by the only academic hospital medical school.

Clinical excellence is just one of the hallmarks of the increasingly successful program operated by the UNM School of Medicine's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This year all department faculty members achieved relative value unit scores that surpassed, national benchmarks for university faculty. A relative value unit score is a standard of defining clinical productivity.

The department is also excelling through many other avenues. Compared to last year, the department's number of clinic visits, maternal transfers, and admissions increased this year compared to last.  The obstetric-newborn service represents one-fourth of all UNMH discharges and the highest patient turnover rate in the hospital.

Clinical excellence within the department has been matched by research productivity. The number of active research proposals per faculty member, submitted to the UNM School of Medicine's institutional review board, was again high. Furthermore, one or more abstracts were presented by the department's faculty at sixteen national/international meetings.

The UNM School of Medicine's women's health care program delivers cutting edge care for New Mexico women from adolescence to post menopause. The program continues to provide passionate, cost-conscious health care to all New Mexico women by utilizing the diverse range of strong, nationally recognized clinical programs.