Council Declares May 8-14 National Hospital Week

Los Alamos Medical Center officials from left, Human Services Director Jacqui Carroll, Lab Director Joselene Montoya, Physician Market Manager Jennifer Foster King, Marketing Director Mary Beth Maassen, CEO Feliciano Jiron, CFO Steve Winegeart, receive a proclamation from Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Staff Report


Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Feliciano Jiron briefed the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday evening in Council Chambers on the importance of National Hospital Week and the accomplishments and honors Los Alamos Medical Center has achieved.


CEO Feliciano Jiron addresses The Los Alamos County COuncil. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Feliciano Jiron gave a presentation to the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday evening in Council Chambers. He explained that the hospital’s mission is “Making Communities Healthier” and briefed council on the many accomplishments and awards the hospital has achieved over the last few months.

He explained that LAMC has been focusing on community education in a number of critical areas such as “Survive Don’t Drive” about calling 9-1-1 versus driving to the emergency room. Also, the risks of falls and prevention tips, lunch with LAMC the second Friday of every month at which LAMC hosts a free lunch at the Betty Ehart Center with a different physician speaker.

Jiron’s wife Johanna Jiron developed the program and curriculum for the Teddy Bear Clinic and more than 300 children and volunteers toured the medical center this year. The program allows children to become familiar with the facility and some common procedures. The LAFD, LAPD, LAPS, Classic Air Medical, and several medical clinics participate in the event.

LAMC hosts a wellness booth every Friday night during the Gordons Summer Concert Series. The Medical Center partnered with LAHS on the suicide prevention program Reach Toward Not Away. Jiron spoke of many other community outreach activities the hospital has undertaken including a Health and Safety Day Saturday, May 7 at Duane Smith Auditorium.

Members of the County Council thanked Jiron and LAMC for their many positive contributions to the community.

Proclamation declaring the Week of May 8-14 as “National Hospital Week” in Los Alamos County: 


WHEREAS: Providing local health care options and medical facilities is of vital interest and importance in every community – it is a quality of life consideration for individuals and many times determines whether or not they will relocate or stay in the community over time; and


WHEREAS: Among the variety of health care services offered here in our County, Los Alamos Medical Center has a long history as our hospital, caring for residents since 1952; and


WHEREAS: We appreciate the convenience and easy access to care that our community gains by having Los Alamos Medical Center here; their support of a wide variety of health and wellness programs benefit not only our citizens, but offers options to our neighbors across Northern New Mexico; and


WHEREAS: Los Alamos County is often ranked in national studies as being one of the healthiest communities in the United States, and the types of opportunities that the hospital offers in the way of programs, incentives and wellness options contributes to this successful, healthy lifestyle that is enjoyed by our residents; and


WHEREAS: In a time when many hospitals are challenged by an ever-changing healthcare landscape, we appreciate that Los Alamos Medical Center continues to invest in our community by expanding and improving its existing facilities as well as services;


NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby proclaim the Week of May 8, 2016 as:




in Los Alamos County, and applaud the work of the Los Alamos Medical Center and their staff in bringing top-notch services and facilities to our community.