One dead at Clovis motel

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Clovis Police investigate the scene of a suspicious death Saturday evening at the Econo Lodge on Mabry Drive in Clovis. CNJ Staff photo: Eric Kluth CNJ STAFF Investigators believe the man who died in a Clovis motel parking lot Saturday night did not know his alleged killer, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Officials […]

Medical center implements smoking ban on property

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center will no longer permit tobacco use on its property to promote public health, according to a hospital official. The smoking ban begins today. The hospital, part of the Presbyterian Health Care Services system, has disbanded its designated outdoor smoking areas, hospital officials said. “We wanted […]

United Way yard sale to benefit hurricane victims

Staff reports The United Way is sponsoring a yard sale to offer relief to the recent hurricane victims. The sale will take place at the Curry County Fairgrounds from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 Laurie Bentley of the United Way said area residents can drop off donated items on Sept. 24 and Sept. […]

Staffing main ER concern

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Plains Regional Medical Center officials said the emergency room handles about 36,000 patients every year. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Dressed in pink scrubs, emergency room admittance officer Traci Garcia is often the first person to greet patients at the Plains Regional Medical Center. Scanning rows of empty tan seats […]

Increases in staff, payroll accompany expansion

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The expansion of Plains Regional Medical Center is showing additional benefits beyond adding in-house services such as a cancer treatment center, a rehab center and cardiac care. Thesix-year, $53.5-million project is also making a significant impact on the local economy and has aided in the recruitment of nearly a […]

Breath of life interrupts embalming

By Darrell Todd Maurina A man declared dead at a Clovis hospital and sent to a funeral home for embalming on Wednesday morning was returned to the hospital after he took a breath. An employee of Muffley Funeral Home called 911 dispatchers when he found Felipe Padilla, 94, of Clovis, was still alive. Sometime Wednesday […]

Wanted: 50 doctors, and now

By Jack King If you dropped 20 new general practice physicians into Clovis’ pool of patients, they would hardly make a ripple. That was how Plains Regional Medical Center’s new administrator Brian S. Bentley described the city’s physician shortage recently. And it’s not just GPs that the city needs, he said. “Clovis probably has never […]

Non-profit organizations applaud tax committees decision

By Darrell Todd Maurina As the largest nonprofit corporation in Clovis, Plains Regional Medical Center might have lost millions of dollars if a state blue ribbon tax reform commission recommendation had gone differently, hospital officials say. Hospital administrator Brian Bentley said he is “cautiously optimistic” that nonprofits won’t face taxation in the final version of […]

Local health community celebrates new addition

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Expansion projects at Plains Regional Medical Center include expanding the emergency room, building a new physician’s office, and the opening of the Healthplex and cancer treatment center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Gary Mitchell Hospital administrator Brian Bentley calls today’s grand opening ceremony “a three-fold celebration.” Dignitaries from Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Plains Regional Medical Center […]

New hospital boss on board

By Gary Mitchell The new administrator of Plains Regional Medical Center brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare administration to the job. Brian Bentley, who was en route to Clovis Tuesday night and could not be reached for comment, takes over as administrator of the hospital Sept. 1. Bentley replaces Dick Smith, whose […]