So often I hear our visitors say, “Everyone here is so friendly,” and it’s true. People here make you feel right at home. Over the years, Silver City has consistently received numerous distinctions. It’s been listed in “Best Small Towns in America” and “50 Most Alive Places to Live” by “Modern Maturity,” “Hundred Best Small Art Towns in America” by John Villani, “8 Great Towns for Art & Music Lovers” in “Where to Retire,” “Nation’s Healthiest Places to Live and Retire” by Norman Ford, “Top Eleven Retirement Spots” by “Kiplinger,” and “Outstanding Community of 2000” by Searchers, to name just a few.
What makes Silver City really distinctive are the people who dedicate and give the best of themselves to this community. Their efforts have brought special recognition to their organizations. Here are some of the special awards.
Silver City’s historic preservation efforts have been widely recognized. The town was named one of the “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (2002) and, for the past three years, has been recognized among “True Western Towns” by “True West” magazine. The Town of Silver City is designated a Certified Local Government by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division and is federally recognized as an official Preserve America Community.
SILVER CITY ARTS & CULTURAL DISTRICT
In 2008, Silver City’s historic core was one of the first two Arts & Cultural Districts designated in New Mexico. This includes Historic Downtown, WNMU museum and art-related facilities.
SILVER CITY MAINSTREET PROJECT
Established in 1985, the Silver City MainStreet Project is the oldest MainStreet project in the state and considered the most successful. In August 2008, under the direction of Frank Milan, MainStreet received the first-ever “Excellence in Historic Preservation-led Strategies to Enhance Economic Development” award from the U. S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.
SILVER CITY MUSEUM
The Silver City Museum is one of the smallest museums nationwide to achieve accreditation by the American Association of Museums. In 2005, the Museum was honored by the American Association for State and Local History, and Museum Director Susan Berry received a Hewett Award “for outstanding service to the museum profession in New Mexico” from the New Mexico Association of Museums.
MIMBRES REGION ARTS COUNCIL
Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC) was incorporated in 1981. MRAC uses the power of the arts to inspire, enrich and strengthen our local communities. MRAC brings quality national and international entertainment to Silver City, produces a sell-out folk music series, blues festival and Pickamania! festival, as well as other signature events. MRAC has been rated the No. 1 arts council in the state for six out of the last seven years. Learn more about MRAC events at www.mimbresarts.org.
GILA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Over the years, Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has received numerous awards for excellence. In 2003, GRMC received the Joint Commission Goal Seal Award. In 2003, 2006 and 2007, it achieved Piñon recognition for commitment to excellence awarded by Quality New Mexico. In 2008 it achieved the next level of QNM recognition, the Roadrunner.
“Not only did we achieve the award—and we are the smallest hospital in New Mexico to ever do so—in fact we were told that we scored as a ‘very high level Roadrunner,’” stated Brian Bentley, GRMC’s Chief Executive Officer.
Jean Remillard, M.D., GRMC’s Chief Medical Office and Chief Quality Officer, said, “It’s a great honor to receive this prestigious recognition, which is a reflection on our high-quality staff that made us a QNM success story.”
GRMC’s vision is to lead southwest New Mexico in personalized care with state-of-the-art technology and growing services. Its core values are excellence, innovation, respect, compassion, customer-focused and integrity. GRMC has over 700 employees.