For the Health of It! 2014

5k/10k Race | Walk | Fun Run

June 7, 2014 - 8:00 AM
Taos Youth and Family Center

Join us on Saturday June 7, 2014 for the annual event that supports local residents who are facing cancer. All money raised stays local to support Holy Cross Hospital's Cancer Support Services! We all know someone who has been affected by cancer; whether a family member, friend or neighbor who has experienced cancer themselves or cared for someone who was or is going through cancer. This event helps them receive non-medical support at no cost.

There will be three events: a 5K Walk and Fun Run, a 5K Race (timed) and a 10K Race (timed). Our scenic course begins and ends at the Taos Youth and Family Center. Each participant will receive a For the Health of It! t-shirt and wrist band.

Register to participate as an individual, start a team, or join an existing team. Awards will be given to the top 2 age group finishers in the 10K & 5K Races. Prizes will also be awarded to Walk & Fun Run teams and individuals in the following categories:

  • TEAMS: Largest team, Best team costume, Team raising the most money
  • INDIVIDUALS: Traveled the greatest distance, Best individual costume, Person raising the most money

Follow the links below to learn more about the event, register to walk or run, or to make a donation.


Project Heart Start

This year Project Heart Start will take place in conjunction with For the Health of It! Project Heart Start is compression only CPR that is easy to learn and easy to remember.

The class is free and will take place in the hockey rink at the Taos Youth and Family Center.

Identical classes will be held at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. No pre-registration is needed.

Patient Testimonial: Velma Lopez

Dr. O’Rourke is amazing. I am a cancer survivor since 2001. I had surgery with him on January 29, 2014. Because of him I feel better than I’ve felt in a long time. Years ago I had a trams flap reconstructive surgery that went horribly wrong. I’ve had surgery after surgery after surgery with problems from that original surgery. This last time I had an infection in the area with some fluid accumulation and I could not stand the pain anymore. I had the fluid drained and later I found I had two more abscesses in the same area. I was terrified because I had been through so much already. So I wondered what do I do…Do I go to Albuquerque? I went to my regular doctor, Dr. White, who suggested I go see Dr. O’Rourke.

When I met Dr. O’Rourke, his personality - I just appreciated it because I was terrified. He read my chart and he understood what I had been through which was a lot. I told him that I was terrified and that I was probably going to go to Albuquerque to see who could do the surgery for me and hopefully it’s once and for all. I asked many questions and he did not hesitate to answer, and he sold me on it. This doctor told me he had been doing this surgery for over 30 years. And that I could go to Albuquerque, or, wherever I wanted. But he guaranteed me no one could do what he did. After I talked to him I wasn’t scared anymore, I was just thankful that I wasn’t scared anymore. So I said well I’m going to stay in Taos and have it done. My daughter, Alicia, is a nurse. She took time from her work in Albuquerque to stay and take care of me.

I went to my appointment and everyone in the OR was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, they made sure I was well taken care of and had everything I needed. The guy who does anesthesia was also very kind. He took his time and was very caring. I came out and everything was fine. We came home; I did not stay in the hospital.

A week later we went back, and he removed the drain. Dr. O’Rourke has an incredible sense of humor. He said, “how are you doing you look good.” And I said, “Well, I was terrified when I came in here.” He said, “Well that makes two of us.” “Excuse me” I said. Then he said, “Well you were terrified when you came to talk to me, but when I opened you up I was terrified by what I saw in there.”

But he was able to drain the fluid that was there. He had to do some piercing, but he then took a scope through there. I had tons and tons of scare tissue. By laser he took a bunch of it out and to me that was so amazing that he was able to do something like that! And I was so excited that I was feeling so good. For years I’ve been walking holding my belly because there is not any muscle to hold me up. Now I can sit up and stand up straight.

All the other incisions I had had I was opened up from one hip to the other and I had to stay in bed for three months to heal from the inside out and about a year or two later I had more infection in the area.

Taos is blessed by having Dr. O’Rourke here. He is amazing, caring, compassionate. He has a sense of humor that I can’t explain but it is awesome. He cares, he really cares. Like I say Taos hospital - Holy Cross - it’s a blessing to have him here. I can’t praise him enough, because I haven’t felt this good in a long time.

It’s nice to stand up straight. Dr. O’Rourke is amazing. Everyone says you look so good. I’m telling everyone it’s this doctor who did it, and he did it by laser otherwise I’d probably be in bed still. 

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 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.

Holy Cross Hospital is here for you.