Taos Health Systems Announces Interim CEO

Taos Health Systems Board of Directors has named Phillip Lowe Interim CEO of the organization. He began his duties on July 14, 2014. Mr. Lowe brings nearly 30 years of experience as a rural hospital CEO in several different health care facilities, most recently at Franklin Foundation Hospital in Franklin, LA.

Mr. Lowe received his education at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado where he received a Master's Degree in Hospital Administration in 1980. He first worked as a strategic planner for Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver as well as an Assistant Administrator/Strategic Planner at Dixie Medical Center in St. George, Utah.

In 1987, Mr. Lowe was hired by a rural hospital in southwest Idaho, where he was CEO for almost 10 years. He served as the CEO of four other rural hospitals over the next several years until the end of 2013. In early 2014, he was asked to be the interim CEO of Franklin Foundation Hospital as mentioned above, and following this, he came to Taos Health Systems/ Holy Cross Hospital.

Mr. Lowe enjoys the outdoors, traveling with his wife, Janet, reading, and playing the piano. He has been a classical pianist since he was very young and still enjoys playing.

Hospital Launches New Patient Portal

Allowing Patients Easier Access to Health Information

Holy Cross Hospital is pleased to unveil their new Patient Portal, which became available to patients at the end of June. This interactive web portal empowers patients and their families to take a more active role in their care. It provides easy, secure access to their health information and online communication with hospital staff.

“The patient portal is one more step that Taos Health Systems and Holy Cross Hospital are taking to give patients more insight and access into their own care,” says Spencer Hamons, Chief Operations and Informations Officer for Taos Health Systems. “Health care is one of the most personal interactions a person can have, and we are lucky to be a part of that care. Our hope is that the patient portal will improve our ability to work together with our patients and give real-time access to critical information.”

The Holy Cross Hospital Patient Portal gives patients instant access to their health information, including laboratory and radiology results, medications, allergies, demographic information, visit history, discharge/aftercare information, and more. Patients can also access their billing statements and outstanding balances. In addition to handling their own care, parents and health care proxies with authorized consent will appreciate the ability to access the records of those individuals for whom they manage care.

The Patient Portal also allows patients to view upcoming appointments through a central appointment page that displays a list of scheduled and pending appointments. The hospital’s portal saves time by allowing patients to submit updates to their demographic and contact information prior to their visits.

Anyone interested in enrolling in Holy Cross Hospital’s Patient Portal should contact Holy Cross Hospital at 575-737-3332 or visit our website. Holy Cross Hospital encourages all patients to enroll in the patient portal, as it presents a valuable opportunity for patients and their families to actively participate in their care, which contributes to better health.

The hospital is hosting patient portal education sessions in the hospital’s boardroom. At each session a member of the portal team will be available to answer any questions and help sign anyone up for the portal. The dates of the education sessions are:

  • July 9 - 1:00–5:00 pm
  • July 16 - 8:00 am–12:00 pm
  • July 21 - 1:00–5:00 pm

Patient Testimonial: Karen, Cancer Patient

During the interview both Karen, cancer patient, and her sister Christine were available to tell us about their experience.

Karen: I had some supports last year, when I was first diagnosed with cancer and now we are getting more support again this year because I have gone into remission. The support last year was really great, we had food vouchers and gas vouchers.

Christine: Last year I took a year of leave of absence from work to help her, so everything they did for us really helped. It included Gas cards and Food vouchers. The moral support is really helpful too; talking to Jason you don't feel like you are so alone in it. I think there are very few people you talk to anymore who are not affected by cancer; either a friend, a family member, or themselves. It’s way prevalent, and I don’t think most of us realize it. The gas is incredible, because you either get a hotel room or you drive back to Taos and spend as much money driving back and forth, plus it gets so strenuous.

Karen: Going through this even a year ago, it was such a shock, and you feel like you're the only one its ever happened to or your family member is the only one its ever happened to. And then you get together in a group like that and you realize there's all these survivors. There's all of these people who have had family members this has happened to. Just having that support and the program for that you realize you are not as alone.

Health Insurance Exchanges

Are you Uninsured?

Under the new Affordable Care Act, beginning in January 2014 all Americans will be eligible for and are required to have health insurance.

Open Enrollment for Health Exchange ends March 31st. People need to enroll by March 15th in order for benefits to start on April 1, and avoid a tax penalty.

The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange will make it easy to find an affordable plan. Visit the Holy Cross Hospital Community Service Office to learn more and enroll in a plan that meets your needs.

Enrollment Office Hours

Holy Cross Hospital
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
(575) 751-5848

Women's Health Institute
7:30 am - 2:00 pm
(575) 758-5001

Walk-ins accepted

Learn more about the Affordable Care Act.

To schedule an appointment:
Call: Community Services Office
(575) 751-5764

2013 Holy Cross Hospital Updates

In an effort to help our community understand the changes happening in health care and at the hospital, we will be posting regular updates from the administration at Holy Cross Hospital to help share some internal information with the public.

Watch the videos

If you have a question you would like answered, please email askpeter@taoshospital.org. We will answer your questions as quickly as possible.

The Changing Face of American Health Care

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that was passed in March 2010 is changing health care in America. Among other things, the law is already having an enormous impact on the way health care is funded.

We know that people have a lot of questions about what's happening in health care and at the hospital. We've put together this article to help educate you about the changes happening at Holy Cross Hospital.

Read the article

Community Health Needs Assesment

Taos Health Systems recently completed an assessment of health needs for residents in Taos County. We have also developed a plan for using its services to respond to the significant community needs identified in the report.  A copy of the report is available for your review here and is available for inspection and copying in the hospital’s administrative office, M-F, 9 am to 4 pm.

Taos Health Systems will revise its implementation efforts each year and undertake a new study to revise this report in two to three years. Your review is encouraged and submission of comments for consideration is welcomed.  Please take the time to review the needs identified in the report and help the hospital take actions to make improvements resulting in Taos County being an increasingly healthy place to live.

Follow this link to view the report.

For further information please contact Kyra Ryan in the Health Outreach Department at (575) 751-8929.

For the Health of It! 2014

5k/10k Race | Walk | Fun Run

Our 4th annual Race, Walk, and FunRun was a great success.
Together we raised over $42,000 for Cancer Support Services in Taos.

5K and 10K Race Results

Follow the link above for complete race results.

It’s not too late to donate to this important cause!

Holy Cross Hospital is here for you.