Community changes for the better

Clyde Davis

Have you managed to keep pace with some of the new growth going on around town, the new and revised businesses that we are seeing? Sometimes it seems to move fast enough to make your head spin, so let’s take a tour of the town as it is developing. In the brief seven years that I have lived here, I have seen a large number of changes — wow!
We could start with the cancer center attached to the Plains Regional Medical Center complex, because that was where this article was conceived. It has been a dream for a long time and the reality is better than the fantasy was, at least from my perspective.
You see, seriously ill people need a place to feel safe, a place that is environmentally warm and caring, a place that feels good and secure and like a place that will restore your health. It should not feel clinical and it should not feel stuffy. Most importatntly, seriously ill people are limited on their energy so the less they have to travel, the more advantages there will be.
The new cancer center meets those criteria. Cheryl Plilor, the director, gave me a tour of the facility and the folks who pulled this together have really been working hard to make this an oncology-specific treatment center, emotionally as well as medically.
This reminded me of a couple of weeks ago, when I had the opportunity to visit the new physical and occupational therapy center, also at Plains Regional. I was dropping a chain saw off to John White, and he took me on a tour of the facility. Several years ago, recovering from neck surgery, I had taken my therapy in the old center at the hospital.
This was like a night and day difference.
Oh yeah, same hardworking staff, but so much more.
A beautiful therapy pool, a weight therapy facility that contains all of the equipment of any workout center, and lots of stuff that was so intricate I don’t even remember what it was for. And above all, lots and lots of space, light, and uplifting atmosphere. We always remember that the role of attitude in healing is central, and the role of atmosphere in healing is key.
There are other things, too, more mundane. Hopefully you will not have to use either the cancer center or the physical therapy facility, but if you do, you will feel confident in your body’s ability to find healing in such a place.
We are all, however, likely to use the new home improvement facility. Unfortunately, when you go into this place, you find many ways to redecorate your home. Why is this unfortunate? Because it would take a lot of money to do what we would like to do. Well, there is always long-term planning.
Before you get started on your redecorating, you might want to get a cup of fancy coffee and relax at one of our two new coffee and book complexes. Both are awfully enjoyable to spend time in.
Gee, what a shame. If things keep going the way they are, we will be making many fewer trips to Lubbock or Amarillo. Won’t we miss the extra gas and time expense?

Clyde Davis is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Portales and an instructor at Eastern New Mexico University. He can be contacted at: