Medical group hosts local health care providers

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Roosevelt General Hospital Chief of Staff Les Donaldson, left, listens as Tech Sgt. Aramis Cedeno talks about medical education and training during the Cannon Air Force Base open house April 10. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections With the goals of better relationships and better care, civilian health care providers met […]

D.C. area becoming test bed of military medical reforms

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Extraordinary steps in the evolution of military medicine are occurring in the Washington, D.C., area where new medical facilities are being built to consolidate services, and a joint command is being readied to adopt cutting-edge concepts to improve quality and efficiency of service health care. Two famed medical facilities — […]

27th Medical Group hosting open house

27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Medical Group will host its provider open house at the base clinic today from 5-7 p.m. Those attending the event will include senior medical administrators from Plains Regional Hospital in Clovis and Roosevelt Hospital in Portales, as well as network providers, dentists and public health professionals from […]

Some illnesses can be ignored

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I recently learned that many others suspect, like I do, that pharmaceutical companies have people who spend their time studying the human body in search of aberrations. When they find those anomalies, we suspect, they invent medical-sounding names for them. After that, they figure out some drug that supposedly can […]

Bingaman and Udall: N.M. to receive over $4 million in veterans affairs funding

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico will benefit from over $4 million through the Veterans Administration as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The recovery funding will be used to make needed investments at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque and for improvements […]

March 17, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: four Electronic medical records bill heads to governor The House has approved a measure that would allow patients and doctors to chose to use electronic medical records. Under the measure (SB 278), which is now headed to Gov. Bill Richardson’s desk, patients would re-consent annually to have their information available electronically. […]

March 13 Commander's Action Line

I am concerned with the lack of appointments, can you help? Thank you for bringing your appointment access issues to our attention. Continuity of care and access for acute needs, especially in our pediatric population, are both challenges we are actively addressing. Since August, 2008 (and even before), we have been in constant communication with […]

Melrose man accused of abusing 3-month-old baby

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Courtesy photo Phillip Holmes is charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, a first-degree felony. He is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $25,000 bond, jail officials said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CNJ staff A 25-year-old Melrose man is in jail, accused of abusing his baby […]

Medical e-records bill clears Senate

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican After trying for three legislative sessions, Sen. Peter Wirth was able Tuesday to get a majority of state senators to agree to a measure allowing patients and doctors to use electronic medical records. Under the proposal, patients could opt to have their records made available electronically to doctors they […]

Cannon airmen deliver valentines to veterans

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Staff Sgt. Christopher Sanderfur, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, righ, poses with a veteran for a photo during the Valentines for Veterans visit on Feb. 13. By Senior Airman Thomas Trower: 27th SOW Public Affairs Veterans of World War II through the Vietnam War were joined by […]

President announces Medicaid relief

President Obama Announces More Than $95 Million in Medicaid Relief from ARRA for New Mexico Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) funding available for states on Wednesday in special Treasury accounts President Barack Obama announced this morning in a meeting with the Nation’s Governors that states will be able to access the first two quarters of […]

Editorial: DEA should cease medical marijuana raids

During the presidential campaign President Obama was asked several times what his attitude would be toward federal Drug Enforcement Agency raids on medical marijuana patients and medicine providers. Many believe these raids are calculated to undermine the laws of the 13 states that allow patients with a physician’s recommendation to use marijuana medicinally. On every […]

Low-cost spay, neuter unit coming this weekend

CNJ staff A mobile medical unit is in Clovis this weekend offering low-cost spaying and neutering for dogs and cats.Low-income families and military members ranked E-5 and below can have their pet spayed or neutered for $20, according to a press release from Linda Cross, project coordinator.Appointments will be made for Friday, Saturday or Sunday.Pet […]

Jan. 16 Cannon Community

Medical group closure — The 27th Medical Group will be closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr holiday. For care during this time, call 784-APPT (2778) for an on-call provider. Trash pickup — There will be no trash collection on Monday.

Crash on Hondo street

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo A motor vehicle accident that occured on Hondo Street involved a small child, according to Clovis Police Department Lt. Douglas Ford. The child was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center. The department’s crash team was called to the scene. Police said Friday night they didn’t know the identity or condition […]

First local baby born in 2009

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sherry, Shawn and Landen Stewart, left to right, of Portales welcomed a new addition to their family Thursday. Lexi Peyton Stewart was the first baby born in 2009 at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born at 8:20 a.m. Thursday. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces.

Dec. 14, 2008 How to Help

The family of Aiden Chavalier has set up a fund to help with medical bills and miscellaneous costs. Chavalier had a seizure Nov. 30, was in a coma and has had blood transfusions, family members said. The account, set up at Cannon Federal Credit Union, is called the Aiden Chavalier Fund.. For information, contact Shaynell […]

12/2 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 a.m. Nov. 21 an officer was called to the intensive care unit at the hospital for a combative patient. The officer noted on his arrival a 54-year-old patient was cursing and threatening nurses because they were trying to reattach a […]

‘Special pay’ begins in health sector

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The military medical community, battling shortages in war-critical health professionals including psychiatrists and clinical care nurses, will be the first community in the Department of Defense to use more flexible, responsive “special pay” authorities enacted by Congress nearly a year ago. Other communities — including nuclear and aviation, the enlisted […]

Military feature: Veterans say medical benefits major issue in election

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Maciejewski, the senior vice commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post no. 3280 in Clovis, said that the next president should provide more for veterans and those currently in the service. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3280 Commander Vernon Luce said veterans […]