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Memorial’s Nurse Residency Program Earns Renowned Accreditation

Las Cruces, NM (April 20, 2021) — Memorial Medical Center’s LaunchPoint Nurse Residency Program on April 19, 2021, earned accreditation through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP). This ANCC program sets the global standard for residency or fellowship programs that transition registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses into new practice settings.

Memorial is the first PTAP-accredited residency program in Southern New Mexico and the only LifePoint Health facility out of 88 hospitals spanning the U.S. to receive this prestigious designation. Memorial is also one of just 201 facilities across the globe to earn this accreditation.

“This accreditation is a testimony to Memorial’s excellence in transitioning new graduate nurses to the bedside with a team who supports their growth while offering access to the resources that they need for success,” said Beth Hendricks, RN, Launch Point Program Director at MMC. “It also supports a key part of MMC’s Vision, to be a place where employees want to work. I am so proud of my Residents!”

To date, more than 100 LaunchPoint nurse residents at MMC have transitioned from nursing school to being independent at the bedside in Medical-Surgical, the Critical Care Unit, Observation Unit, Behavioral Health, and the Emergency Department.

The final step in Memorial’s 1.5-year journey toward receiving accreditation was a virtual visit from the Credentialing Center appraiser team on March 30. All the presenters, including six residents, did a fantastic job touting the success of Memorial’s program.

About Memorial Medical Center-

Memorial was named “Best Hospital” Reader’s Choice Award for 2005 – 2018 and 2021. Plus, Memorial received numerous other prestigious awards including Best Place to Work 2021 and Best Cancer Center 2021. The staff, providers, and “Best Local Heroes” at Memorial regularly receive recognition for their dedication to providing high-quality, safe care to the more than 300,000 residents of Las Cruces, Doña Ana County, and the surrounding region. The memorial features strong emergency, critical care, cardiovascular, orthopedic, weight loss, heartburn, cancer, imaging, interventional, robotic, and general surgery programs in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It has the only Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units in the region. Memorial earned the “High Five Guiding Principle Award” in 2020, a distinction reserved for the Top Hospital of 88 hospitals company-wide for LifePoint Health.

About the ANCC- The American Nurses Credentialing Center is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. ANCC’s internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments.

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