Partners and Participants

Principal Investigator
Howard Yonas, MD
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
UNM School of Medicine
MSC10 5615
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 272-3401

The project described is supported by Grant Number 1C1CMS331351-01-00 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents of this document are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or any of its agencies

UNM Hospital

Provider types

  • Licensed practical nurse (LPN / LVN)
  • Non-clinical health workers
  • NP,PA, and other advance practice RN
  • Registered Nurse
  • Physician, specialist

Medical Specialties

  • Neurology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Neurosurgery

UNM Hospital is a part of the UNM Health Sciences Center and represents the only Level 1 Trauma Center in New Mexico. The Neurosurgery Department and Cerebrovascular Center composed of members of all three departments are the major providers of tertiary care for cerebral neurosurgical emergencies.

Most patients with cerebral emergencies in the state are transported to UNMH for further evaluation and care. UNMH receives more than 3,000 consultations per year and about 1000 transfers, resulting in more than 1,000 neurosurgical procedures per year. The UNMH Stroke Center received official designation by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. UNM Pediatric Emergency Services has created a series of web-based education and training modules regarding pediatric trauma that include modules covering pediatric head trauma. These can be expanded to adults and overall cerebral emergencies. Thus, our services are ideally situated to study the impact of improvements in communication because members of our departments are the providers of neurosurgical care for the vast majority of patients who have the type of problems we wish to study.

Members of the neuro-emergency provider team will be mainly in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery. A significant portion of our team is Critical Care Physicians who are also trained in Neurology and Stroke care. The UNM Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Critical Care Medicine are committed to providing the highest quality care for all patients and providing rigorous training of resident physicians, as well as advancing the practice of medicine.