Albuquerque Service UnitThe Albuquerque Service Unit is part of the Federal health care system administered by the Indian Health Service, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. The IHS has its purpose to elevate the health status of Native Americans and Alaska natives to the highest possible level. Within the IHS, control is vested in the IHS Director. The IHS Director exercises control through delegated authority to the Albuquerque Area IHS Director. The AAIHS Director delegates authority for governance to the Service Unit Executive Committee and delegates authority for day-to-day management and operation of the Service Unit to the Chief Executive Officer.
The Albuquerque Service Unit today consists of the Albuquerque Indian Health Center and two field health clinics in Zia and Santa Ana Pueblos with Jemez, Alamo Navajo, Isleta and Sandia Tribes that have assumed control over their health care operations under Public Law 93-638, the Indian Self-Determination Act.
The Albuquerque Indian Health Center and its two field health clinics provide primary care services. The primary care services provided include family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, as follows:
- Primary care services including acute and chronic, major and minor illnesses and comprehensive health care including disease prevention and health promotion through periodic screening and evaluation.
- Primary care services are met through coordinated effort of various service unit departments including, nursing, medical staff, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, optometry, dietetics, medical records, behavioral health, health education, nutrition, diabetes program, and environmental health.
- Specialty care services provided will vary dependent upon funding. Specialty services are routinely scheduled on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis and available for all IHS beneficiaries.
- Services available through the medical staff are: Family Practice, Obstetric and Gynecology, Pediatric, Optometry, Internal Medicine, and Behavioral Health.
Limitations of Urgent CareThe Albuquerque Service Unit is not equipped for definitive management of serious emergency problems (life-threatening, limb-threatening, or function-threatening conditions) nor is it a destination for ambulances to bring patients for treatment. This clinic is a non-emergent care facility.
Albuquerque has long been a center for education and employment for southwest Native Americans, which has contributed to the diversity of its Tribal representation. The Albuquerque ambulatory care center is an IHS-wide model for management in outpatient care, with 97,000 visits per year. All support services are available at the center, with separate units organized for urgent care and appointment patients.
Albuquerque Service Unit
801 Vassar Drive, N.E.
Albuquerque, N.M. 87106
Phone: 505 248 4000 (for info)
FAX: 505 248 4088
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