State Quality Programs

The focus of the New Mexico Health Care Association and our member facilities is on improving the quality of care provided in long-term care facilities and the quality of life for residents.

Physical Restraint Free Initiative

Our Board of Directors challenged our members to become the first 100% physical restraint-free state. To help members in this endeavor, NMHCA worked with other organizations to develop a restraint-free certification process.

Best of the Best

The Best of the Best is a statewide awards program sponsored by the New Mexico Health Care Association and New Mexico Center for Assisted Living. It coincides with the Association’s annual convention every August. This year more than 100 caregivers were nominated in seven categories: Administrative Support, Resident Support, Direct Caregiver, Licensed Nurse, Manager, Nurse Manager, and Administrator of the Year.


2019 Nominations are now open!! 
The Deadline for submissions is June 28, 2019!

2018 Best of the Best

Administrator of the Year
Amy Dimas, The Montebello

Nurse Manager
Anne Lassiter, Retirement Ranches

Administrative Support
Betty Ronquillo, South Valley Care Center

Resident Support
Faith Freeman, The Montebello

Margaret "Maggie" Moreno, Village at Northrise

Licensed Nurse
Sandy Jaurigui, Princeton Place

Direct Caregiver - 2 Winners
Erika Porras, Lakeview Christian Home
Alicia Vasquez, Rio Rancho Center


HealthCare Interactive® is pleased to announce that the CARES® Dementia Basics & Advanced Care Online Training Program is one of only three programs nationally recommended by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to meet its new national nursing aide training requirements (part of Section 6121 of the Affordable Care Act mandates for enhanced nursing aide training).

Now you and your staff members can:

  • Get nationally recognized dementia-care training
  • Meet the national CMS nursing aide training requirements
  • Get certified in Alzheimer's Association® essentiALZ® certification
  • Reach both urban and rural settings within your organization
  • Train night, weekend, and part-time staff with the same excellent training opportunities afforded your day staff

CMP Quality Grant

NMHCA provides one-on-one consultation to our members to help identify areas where quality measures can be improved as well as identify best practices to assist facilities in their efforts.


Need help with your Quality Measures? Contact Patricia Whitacre, RN, at to schedule a visit.