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Media Contacts

In addition to producing NewsBeat stories, HSC TV videos, news releases and expert interviews for UNM Hospitals and departments across the Health Sciences Center, the HSC News Services team is available to help local, national and international media find experts for their stories or help with UNM HSC and UNM Hospitals-related issues and information.

John Arnold
Director, HSC News and Multimedia Services
Luke Frank
HSC Media Relations Manager
Cindy Foster
Senior Public Affairs Specialist
Furhana Afrid
Media Specialist
Lauren Lewis
Social Media Manager

After-Hours Contact

To contact an HSC News Services representative on weekends or after hours, call the UNM Hospital switchboard at 272-2111 and ask the operator to page our on-call representative. Leave your phone number and your call will be returned promptly.


Patient Conditions

For patients involved in newsworthy events, the  on-call representative can provide the patient’s condition, if available. The conditions used by UNM Hospital are:

  • Critical
    Immediate Threat to Life: Patient may be conscious or unconscious. Vital signs are unstable and indicators may be unfavorable. Patients are on life support.
  • Serious
    Possible Threat to Life: Patient is acutely ill, may be conscious or unconscious. Vital signs are stable. Indicators are questionable.
  • Satisfactory
    No Probable Threat to Life: Patient may be uncomfortable, but is conscious, alert, awake and able to communicate with staff. Patient is not intubated. Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Indicators are favorable.
  • Undetermined
    Patient awaiting physician and assessment.

Under Federal privacy law, it is required that you provide the patient’s name when requesting a condition. To avoid confusion and wrong information, the HSC on-call representative will not be able to provide a condition without the patient's name.