Surgeon rejoins military to save lives

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Before he returned to active duty last year, Army Reserve Maj. Donald W. Robinson was a civilian trauma surgeon at Cooper Hospital in Camden, N.J., a city so violent it’s known as the “murder capital” of America. Nothing Robinson saw in Camden, however, came close to the horrors he and […]

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 […]

PRMC parking nearing completion

CNJ staff CLOVIS — The parking lot construction taking place at Plains Regional Medical Center will be completed within the next three weeks, according to Wes White, chief operating and financial officer for the hospital. The northeast parking lot will be closed during construction, however additional parking has been constructed on the existing southeast parking […]

Q&A: PRMC keeping pace

Wesley White is chief operating and financial officer at Plains Regional Medical Center. He answered questions recently about the hospital expansion. Q. What is capacity now? A.The hospital is licensed for 106 beds. The Intensive Care Unit beds will increase from 8 to 12 in 2007. Q. Is PRMC seeing increase in demand, and how […]

10/22/04 Police Blotter

by David Irvin Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded Oct. 13 to a local emergency room where doctors had advised a patient was acting extremely agitated. The doctor believed the man was on methamphetamine and alcohol. The male patient was released, at which point the officer […]

Police Blotter 4/25

High school security staff called police about 8 a.m. Monday to report the apparent theft of one money bag from a school office. The school cashier said she had gone to the school vault to get four money bags, placed them in her desk drawer, and left her office for about five minutes without securing […]

Clovis EMS familiar with those on brink of death

Reporter’s Notebook The Dec. 31 call to Muffley Funeral Home was unusual in that a man declared dead apparently came back to life, but Battalion Chief Jerry Swenson of the Clovis Fire Department said his emergency medical services staff respond to possible deaths many times every week. Swenson said he couldn’t go into specifics because […]

Patients to decide who has access to medical conditions

Mike Linn A new federal regulation allowing patients to choose who can receive medical updates on their condition is keeping medical records clerks and other health care employees in the safeguard mode. The privacy rules took affect on April 14, and prohibit disclosure, without patient permission, of any information regarding the patient. “Your mother can’t […]