Business digest – Oct. 16

Verizon adding 4G service in Clovis

Beginning Thursday, customers of Verizon Wireless in Clovis will become part of the wireless carrier's 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.

Along with similar upgrades for Taos and Grants on Thursday, the service expansion for Clovis will make it one of 417 planned markets by the end of the year to receive 4G service. Other New Mexico cities to receive upgrades later this year are Farmington and Gallup.

Phones utilizing the service will be able to use the Internet and stream music and videos at up to 10 times the speed of 3G.

Great Lakes confirms DOT air service contract

Great Lakes Airlines confirmed Monday that the Department of Transportation has awarded a new Essential Air Service contract for the carrier at the Clovis Municipal Airport.

The new contract, for a two-year period, will give roundtrip flights to Denver International Airport, with a stop in Santa Fe. Passengers have the option to end their trip in Santa Fe, or undergo security screening there before moving on to Denver.

The company is now working on transitioning out of its current contract with Clovis, with service to Albuquerque Sunport, and will provide more details on flight times and ticket prices when they become available.

PRMC recognized as top performer

Plains Regional Medical Center was recognized as a top performer when it comes to providing treatment for pneumonia and surgical care in 2011, according to a report by an independent hospital accreditor.

The Joint Commission released in September its report on quality and safety that included a list hospitals that were accepted into its top performers on key quality measures program, which is in its second year.

PRMC was one of five accredited hospitals in New Mexico that were recognized for its performance in 2011. Nationally, 620 hospitals made the top performing list out of 3,300 that were reviewed, which is a 50 percent increase, according to the report.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services spokesman Brad Treptow said this is the first time Plains Regional Medical Center made the list. Two other Presbyterian hospitals were listed; Soccoro General Hospital and Lincoln County medical Center.

Treptow said hospitals were graded in their performance of following the commission's reccomended treatments for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, childrenrquote s asthma care, inpatient psychiatric services, venous thromboembolism and stroke care.

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Treptow said the recognition does not put PRMC ahead for any grants but shows the commitment the hospital has for providing quality care.

Business Digest was compiled by CNJ staff writers Kevin Wilson and Gabriel Monte. Wilson can be contacted at 763-3431, ext. 313, or by email:

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