In Bernalillo County
There are many health care services in Bernalillo County for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act has changed established insurance options. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act.
See the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local hospitals and medical centers, health care centers and health care providers.
COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CLINICS AND RESOURCES
A community health center or clinic is customarily the place to go for those who have no health insurance or have limited income or ability to pay medical fees.
For more information on community health centers in New Mexico, visit the New Mexico Primary Care Association’s website at www.nmpca.org.
The New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care and the Dental Hygienist Committee’s website, www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/dental_health_care.aspx, is a useful place to start in finding a dentist with its license verification service. Select “Look Up a License” from the website to find or verify a dentist, hygienist or dental assistant. You can also seek referrals from people you know who’ve had dental care in the area.
FINDING A LOCAL DOCTOR
It is important to find a health care provider before an urgent medical need arises. Building trust with a health care provider takes time, so don’t wait until a family member is ill to find a doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care provider.
Before arriving at your new assignment, check the New Mexico Medical Society website, www.nmms.org, and use the “Find a Physician” option. You can browse for a provider by type or by location. That should give you an idea of local medical practitioners as well as where you might need to go for specialized care.
Personal referrals from friends or other medical personnel can add to your options.
You can check a doctor’s certification at the American Board of Medical Specialties at www.abms.org. To see if anyone has registered a complaint or taken disciplinary action against the doctor, visit the New Mexico Medical Board at www.nmmb.state.nm.us or call 505-476-7220.
Veterans in Bernalillo County are served within the Veterans Integrated Service Network 22: Desert Pacific Healthcare Network, with the nearest major service center in Albuquerque. VISN 22 serves approximately 1.4 million veterans each year with four health care systems, five hospitals, 30 vet centers, one domiciliary and 12 outpatient clinics located throughout Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico.
Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center
1501 San Pedro SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108 505-265-1711
The Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center offers a broad spectrum of inpatient and outpatient health care services, ranging from disease prevention to primary care, complex surgical procedures and extended rehabilitative care. The closest community-based outpatient clinic is in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. For a full list of clinics and other facilities, go to www.albuquerque.va.gov.
Northwest Metro Clinic
1760 Grande Blvd. SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-896-7200
New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services
Bataan Memorial Building
407 Galisteo St., Room 142
Santa Fe, NM 87504 866-433-8387
VA Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255
The Department of Veterans Affairs improves the quality of life for New Mexico’s veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources. Veterans within the state can receive health care from a variety of facilities including one hospital, 13 community clinics and a veterans home.
NMDVA operates two service offices in the area:
Downtown Albuquerque Service Office
500 Gold Ave. SW, Suite 3107
Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-346-4810
Northeast Albuquerque Service Office
5201 Eagle Rock Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113 505-383-2404
Because emergencies don’t announce themselves, it’s prudent to know where to go when they happen. Saving minutes in a crisis can mean saving a life. Knowing what services are available, and where, can make all the difference. In life-threatening situations, call 911 immediately and follow dispatcher instructions.
Albuquerque Indian Health Center
801 Vassar Drive NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-248-4000
Kindred Hospital — Albuquerque
700 High St. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-242-4444
Lovelace Medical Center
601 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-727-8000
Lovelace Westside Hospital
10501 Golf Course Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114 505-727-2000
Lovelace Women’s Hospital
4701 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-727-7800
Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital
8300 Constitution Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110 505-291-2000
University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital
2211 Lomas Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-272-5437
University of New Mexico Hospital
2211 Lomas Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-272-2111
Public Health Care
New Mexico Department of Health
1190 S. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505 505-827-2613
Local public health offices offer a variety of services, including children’s medical services, family planning, immunizations, STD counseling and testing, WIC and nutrition services, and more. Services vary by location. For a full list of offices, their hours of operation and their available services, visit www.nmhealth.org and select “Locations.”