Some residents unsure of health legislation

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Healthcare legislation signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama was no doubt historic. But some Clovis residents feel it’s more about Democrats and Republicans than the year-long process was about Americans. “I think they’re playing politics,” said Jimmy Dimas, a retired school employee who moved to Clovis five […]

President signs national healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A beaming President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and will touch nearly every citizen’s life, presiding over the biggest shift in U.S. domestic policy since the 1960s and capping a divisive, yearlong debate that could define the […]

Family best gift of all

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Margarette Forrest, 91, enjoyed making meals for her family on Mother’s Day. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer The Laurel Ridge Healthcare facility is home to many mothers including Maurine Winkles, 92, and Margarette Forrest, 91. Both women said the best Mother’s Day gift is the time spent with their […]

MRSA infection tracked locally

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ Staff Writer Plains Regional Medical Center treated 151 patients last year for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, according to a hospital official. Joy Stoddard, infection control and occupational health nurse at PRMC, said none of the MRSA infections were acquired in the hospital. She was not aware of any local deaths […]

Health care facilities change hands

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A California health care company assumed ownership Sept. 1 of two Clovis senior health care facilities. Skilled Healthcare Group bought 10 Laurel Healthcare Providers New Mexico facilities for $51.5 million, according to an August New Mexico Business Weekly article. Eight of those properties are in the Albuquerque area, according […]

Business Digest: Sorghum growers meeting slated

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor New Mexico Grain Sorghum Association will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 13 at the Jacob Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, according to an association announcement. Mark Marsalis, extension agronomy specialist with the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, will give an […]

Hospital CEO: Future bright for industry

Tonya Fennel: CNJ staff writer Jim Hinton Chief executive officer of Presbyterian Healthcare Services Biography Hinton has been with Presbyterian for 23 years. He serves on the Presbyterian board of directors and is chairman of the Presbyterian Health Plan board of directors. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Cindy. They have two children, Rebecca […]

Neely, Bernice

Bernice Neely, 77, of Clovis died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at Laurel Plains Healthcare. Arrangements will be announced by Steed-Todd Funeral Home.

Hospital chair resigns

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor The chairman of Plains Regional Medical Center’s Board of Directors resigned on Wednesday after 16 years in the position, a hospital spokesman said. “Steve Hudson did step down … He didn’t offer an official statement or anything like that,” said Todd Sandman, a spokesman for PRMC’s parent company, Presbyterian Healthcare […]

Angry retirees echo complaints of ’90s

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Military retirees under age 65 learned in this column last week they could face sharply higher healthcare costs under a plan by senior Defense officials that would at least double TRICARE fees by 2008. The plan would also tie future fee increases to the annual percentage rise in healthcare costs […]

Military moves to digital record keeping

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The U.S. military quietly has moved medical record keeping into the digital age, with healthcare providers and patients serving as pioneers not only to benefit military medicine but the nation, officials say. That quiet role was celebrated publicly Nov. 21 when the Defense Department officially “rolled out” its electronic record-keeping […]

Universal healthcare not perfect solution

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist America’s socialists advocate that we adopt a universal healthcare system like our northern neighbor Canada. Before we buy into complete socialization of our healthcare system, we might check out the Canadian Supreme Court’s June 9th ruling in Chaoulli v. Quebec (Attorney General). It turns out that in order to prop […]

Edens, Henry

Henry Edens Services: Have been held Mr. Henry “Bill” Edens, 89, of Clovis, on Friday, April 8, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on Sept. 24, 1915, in Somervell County, Texas, to Henry B. and Lela V. Umphress Edens. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; Betty June […]

In wartime, all vets not equal

By Tom Philpott Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind., new chairman of House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, says the medical and rehabilitation needs of a new generation of war veterans leave him more certain than ever that Congress erred in 1996 when it opened VA healthcare to any veteran willing to pay modest fees. “While some veterans’ organizations […]

Veterans Affairs budget ‘less friendly’

By Tom Philpott In years past, Bush administration proposals to charge low-priority VA healthcare users a $250 annual enrollment fee and higher co-payments on prescription drugs were declared dead on arrival on Capitol Hill. Not this year. The initiatives, to boost VA revenues by $424 million, appear to have survived a first vigorous round of […]

Mandatory VA funding not a good idea

Tom Philpott, Military Update If John Kerry has his way, any veteran who served two years on active duty or, if mobilized, even less, would be rewarded with lifetime access to healthcare from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). That’s the logical consequence of Kerry’s call for “full, mandatory funding” of veterans healthcare, if the Democratic […]

Democrats now pressing for veteran votes

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Democrats are love-bombing America’s 26.5 million military veterans. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the party’s leading presidential candidate, begins his victory speeches on primary nights by thanking veterans. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, in the Democratic response to President Bush’s State of the Union Address in January, pledged […]

Hospice coordinater dedicated to her patients

Q and A Melba Montague, 45, a registered nurse, is clinical coordinator for Plains Regional Medical Center’s Home Health and Hospice program. This is the 25th anniversary of National Hospice Month, first declared by President Jimmy Carter. Q: In your words, describe the hospice program. A: It is being able to allow our loved ones […]

Healthplex opens in grand style

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By Gary Mitchell No one was more excited about the grand opening of the new 15,000-square-foot Healthplex than Nola Pawol, the director of home health, hospice and rehabilitation for Plains Regional Medical Center. “It’s my privilege to get to be the director of the Healthplex,” Pawol told a crowd of nearly 200 people gathered for […]

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 […]