Lovelace Silver Lining Newsletter January 2022


Lovelace Health System is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2022!

The history of Lovelace Health System begins in the 1880s, when missionaries and philanthropists from the Midwest extended their mission of caring to Albuquerque. In 1901, they built the city's first hospital and a year later, they opened a sanitarium to care for the growing ranks of tuberculosis patients seeking health in the high, dry air of Albuquerque.
In 1912, a young doctor named William Randolph Lovelace moved his frontier practice to the city. Before long, he was renowned for his skill as a surgeon and his extraordinary compassion for his patients. Joined by Dr. Edgar T. Lassetter and eventually by other physicians, Dr. Lovelace modeled his pioneering group practice, the Lovelace Clinic, after Minnesota's respected Mayo Clinic.
World War II changed life in unimaginable ways, spurring technological, social and economic growth in the American West - and demanding a new vision for the delivery of health care. With medicine rapidly advancing, ace pilot and decorated veteran, Dr. Randy Lovelace followed in his uncle's footsteps and joined the Lovelace Clinic in 1946. He had already made a name for himself in the field of aviation medicine. As a fellow in surgery at the Mayo Clinic, he worked on the development of the BLB mask, which delivered oxygen to aviators flying at high altitudes. In fact, the "L" in BLB stands for Lovelace.
In the late 1950s, at the height of the Cold War, a new federal agency called NASA announced its first major undertaking: Project Mercury, which would launch the first national manned space capsule into orbit around the earth. Rigorous testing at Lovelace Medical Center narrowed the field to a handful of men who would be known to history as the Mercury 7.
Today, Lovelace Health System is recognized as a force for economic vitality in New Mexico as well as a provider of high quality care to residents of the state.
Leading change has always been part of the Lovelace mission. Today, the Lovelace passion for change, innovation and caring lives on in our commitment to advanced medical technology, patient convenience and high quality health care.
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Stop putting your life on hold

because of your hernia.

Lovelace Medical Group offers robotic hernia surgery, getting you back home and back to life faster. Have questions about your hernia pain or robotic surgery? Dr. Michael Blea & Dr. Mario Leyba with Lovelace Medical Group answer some common questions in this video.
To schedule an appointment, call 505.727.2727.
Learn more about Dr. Michael Blea here.
Learn more about Dr. Mario Leyba here.

Looking to get a COVID-19 test? Try:

  • NMDOH testing resource site:
  • Vault home tests:
  • Walgreens:
  • CVS:
  • Curative testing sites:

Looking for care?

In our emergency rooms and urgent care clinics, we must take care of the sickest patients first which means you may experience a long wait. If your illness is mild, we encourage you to schedule a virtual visit here.

Lovelace Westside Hospital receives new, GE Revolution Evo 128 slice CT

In addition to reduced scan times and significant radiation, dose reduction the new CT scanner brings new capabilities to Lovelace Westside Hospital, including Cardiac Calcium Score scanning.

Lovelace Medical Group welcomes new providers

Dick Hoistad M.D., FACS, Ear, Nose, Throat Surgeon, Neurotologist

Lovelace Medical Group is excited to welcome Dr. Hoistad to our Ear, Nose, Throat and Hearing Center. Dr. Hoistad is one of only two neurotologists in the state of New Mexico, and is board certified in neurotology and otolaryngology. He completed both his bachelor of science in natural science and his doctorate of medicine at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery; the American College of Surgeons; the American Neurotology Society; and the Otosclerosis Study Group.
Dr. Hoistad is located at Lovelace Medical Group ENT at 1020 Tijeras Ave NE.
To schedule an appointment, call 505.727.2727.

Laurel E. Laurel NP-C, CRRN, MSN

Lovelace Medical Group welcomes Laurel to our Urgent Care clinic. He completed both his bachelor and master of science in nursing at Misamis University in Ozamis City, Philippines. Laurel also earned his family nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate at Grand Canyon University. His clinical experience involves rehabilitation, medical, surgical and emergency settings.
Laurel is located at the Lovelace Medical Group Urgent Care, 6701 Jefferson NE.
To schedule an appointment, call 505.727.2727.