Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center

Vanessa Rodriguez of Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center Named New Mexico Director of Nursing of the Year

September 20, 2021 — Albuquerque, NM – Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, an Albuquerque-based skilled nursing facility affiliated with Genesis HealthCare, is proud to announce that Vanessa Rodriguez was named New Mexico Director of Nursing of the Year by the New Mexico Health Care Association.

The New Mexico Director of Nursing of the Year award is a very competitive and prestigious award. The New Mexico Health Care Association’s annual awards program is designed to recognize and honor individuals in the Long-Term Care profession that have revealed outstanding skills, dedication, loyalty, creativity and an extraordinary commitment to team work in their day-to-day routine.

Vanessa has over 10 years nursing leadership experience. She has been with Skies Nursing and Rehabilitation for three years and with Genesis HealthCare for seven years. Previously, Vanessa worked at the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) in the NeuroScience ICU. Vanessa received her nursing degree from PIMA Medical Institute in 2009. As Director of Nursing, it’s her priority that Skies focuses on the vitality of the person - how and where the Center can make a difference in the overall well-being, and healthy outlook of everyone entrusted to the Center’s care.

“We couldn’t be happier for Vanessa,” states Skies Nursing and Rehabilitation Executive Director Melissa Martinez, ASN, NHA.  “Vanessa goes above and beyond for her patients and residents particularly throughout the pandemic.  She also went to another facility for a few weeks towards the beginning of the pandemic to work as their Director of Nursing during a COVID outbreak.  She was selected due to her skills, consistency, approach, and determination.  We are truly blessed to have such a caring and experienced Nurse Executive on our team.”  


About Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center

Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation is a skilled nursing facility offering post-hospital, short-term rehabilitation as well as long-term and respite care.   We also have a specialized transitional care unit. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances. We are the ONLY facility in New Mexico to achieve "Tier 4" status through the AHCA, we are a Gold AHCA Quality Award winner and are VA contracted! To learn more, visit

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