Big Give brings Cannon, local community together

By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections About 100 Cannon Air Force Base airmen and family members spent April in the community working in hospitals, nursing homes, animal shelters, cleaning graffiti and more. The community service is part of the Big Give project. The project is a way for airmen to be involved in the community, Project […]

RGH sets up flu treatment tents

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Emergency Medical Service-Intermediate Rhonda Gorrell of Dora hands a mask to Gay Weese director of marketing with Roosevelt General Hospital. The masks are worn by patients and others while at the new triage set up outside the clinic on Thursday. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico High numbers of patients […]

Faith outweighs material goods

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist A millionaire California investor with a wife and five children owned a massive sky rise apartment building. Not only was the businessman financially successful, he was a deeply spiritual man. He had a firm conviction that what wealth he acquired came from God and must be returned to God. The […]

Feelings mixed on hospital records switch

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Local health care providers are eyeing a federal mandate to have all U.S. hospitals and medical practices using a unified system of electronic medical records by 2017.And some are happier about it than others.The electronic medical records are part of the Obama administration’s health care reform and the first […]

House passes medicaid fix for rural hospitals

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R-NM) today welcomed House passage of H.R. 5613, Protecting the Medicaid Safety Net Act of 2008 by an overwhelming vote of 349-62.

Portales hospital designated a trauma center

CNJ staff SANTA FE – Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil announced Wednesday that the New Mexico Department of Health has designated three hospitals as new trauma centers in the state: Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, Gerald Champion Medical Center in Alamogordo and Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad. With the addition of these hospitals, there are […]

Blood shortage has providers raising efforts

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A shortage of blood donors has area blood service providers concerned enough to step up their efforts. United Blood Services of Lubbock, which provides blood to Portales, Clovis, Hobbs and parts of West Texas, has recently gone on critical appeal for blood. Going on critical appeal for blood means […]

New hospital administrator targets improving patient satisfaction

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A New Mexico hospital administrator with a history of tending to hospitals in need volunteered to lead Plains Regional Medical Center. Officials from the hospital — scrutinized earlier this year by several regulatory agencies and bogged down by board member resignations — announced Hoyt Skabelund landed the position Wednesday, […]

Hospital cited by second agency

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Spurred by complaints, three independent organizations have inspected Plains Regional Medical Center since January, officials confirmed this week. Two of those agencies have cited the hospital for being out of compliance with their standards. The third determined the complaint was unsubstantiated. PRMC officials and inspection agencies have said inspections […]

PRMC on par with rest of state

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Technician Bruce Hinchey processes patient specimens Tuesday in the laboratory at Plains Regional Medical Center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Medical services at Plains Regional Medical Center are on par with those at other New Mexico hospitals, according to a new report available online. But that may not be the […]

Cannon captain volunteers in African hospitals

Melanie Salazar Capt. Nate Ott, 523rd Fighter Squadron, took a trip overseas this summer, but didn’t spend any time lying on the beach. Capt. Ott was participating in a mission trip with Physicians Aiding Physicians Abroad (PAPA), a young organization out of Muleshoe that sends volunteers to different countries to assist their hospitals. The organization […]

Medical plan changes on way for bases

By Tom Philpott More than 128,000 military beneficiaries taking Viagra or Cialis for erectile dysfunction likely will have to switch this fall to Levitra or face higher co-payments on their prescriptions. The Defense Department’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee will recommend in mid-July that Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., the Pentagon’s top health official, narrow the field […]

Universal health care is forced health care

Thomas Sowell: Syndicated columnist A huge headline on the front of a recent issue of the New York Times Magazine said more than they intended: “Now Are We Ready to Talk About Health Care?” Inside was an article with the same title by Hillary Clinton. The casual arrogance of that question is staggering. We talked […]

Traveling nurses a boon to hospitals

Lila Johnson Name a career that would make a person leave a stable lifestyle of friends, family and a secure job? If you have a desire for travel and crave a life outside of the norm, then you would be one of the roughly 16,000 people who are travel nurses. The ongoing staff shortage in […]

Military vows extensive improvement in maternity care

By Tom Philpott Maternity care has been a weak spot in military medicine.  Surveys show too many patients dissatisfied with continuity of care, scheduling of appointments, availability of ultrasound, limited pain management options, and even a lack childcare services or close-in parking for doctor visits. Enhancements in all of these areas are on the way. […]