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 […]

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 […]