Over the past 20 years, Ambercare has grown from an idea conceived by Mike and Mary Merrell to a thriving health care business.
Ambercare began in Belen, New Mexico and now stretches from northern New Mexico in Raton to southern New Mexico in Las Cruces and Deming. Ambercare services – Home Health Care, Hospice Care, Medical Equipment & Supply, and Personal Care Services – also extend to the Magdalena area and encompass Gallup and Grants.
The Merrells started this company with nothing more than a passion for helping fellow New Mexicans who desperately needed health care services not available in their area. Ambercare has grown to become an employee-owned entity with over 2200 employees who strive to provide the highest level of quality care for our patients.
Ambercare’s Mission—Through teamwork, communication and training, Ambercare will continue to provide the most compassionate care, meeting the highest standards of quality for individuals and their families in the comfort of their own homes.
Ambercare’s Vision—Ambercare will be a compelling place to work that provides the highest quality care to New Mexicans in the comfort of their homes.
Ambercare’s Values —Quality care, for both our employees and our consumers; Integrity; Teamwork; Innovation; and Community Stewardship.
THE HOSPICE WHISPERER This sobriquet was applied to Virginia Gilstrap, Patient Care Manager at the Santa Fe location, by one of Ambercare’s social workers who had the pleasure of working with Virginia for 10 years. The exact sentiment expressed was, “I nicknamed her The Hospice Whisperer because of the number of times I have witnessed her tending to a patient who is actively dying. Virginia leans in close to the patient and whispers that all is well, that it is safe to let go, that those they love will never forget them.” Many additional Ambercare colleagues and clients’ family members have also witnessed this soothing process that Virginia employs to calm an agitated person who is nearing the end of life. They have all expressed the same opinion of awe and respect for Virginia’s capacity to be “gently accepting of and present with patients and families.” It’s a natural gift that has bestowed a peaceful acceptance to countless hospice patients during their final journey. Virginia has practiced her admirable skills at Ambercare for over 11 years and, additionally, holds the distinction of being first PCM in Santa Fe. Sadly, for Ambercare, Virginia is retiring at the end of this month. She will be hugely missed by the many staff members who consider her a legend in Santa Fe. So, in parting, we say Congratulations, Virginia, for attaining the Employee of the Month award, and also Thank You for your nurturance and devotion to Ambercare staff and patients! Best wishes for an enjoyable retirement.
Mike Martinez truly represents the Ambercare mission and values, and it is those qualities that earned him the April Employee of the Month award. At 4:45 one April afternoon, the Espanola office received a call from the family of a patient in Chama, NM. The town was into its nineteenth hour without electricity and our patient was running low on oxygen. Mike immediately came to the rescue and filled his van with oxygen for that patient and two additional clients in the district who were also oxygen-dependent. He then drove two and a half hours to deliver the supplies throughout the snow-covered Chama area. Mike’s co-workers state that he consistently displays a great attitude toward his work and is always quick to respond. They feel fortunate to have such a caring person on their team. Congratulations, Mike, on a job well done.
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