Middle man stunts health care system reform

By Freedom Newspapers The 65-year history of how modern health care payment and delivery developed in America has at its center one key fact: Almost no individual pays his or her own way. From this condition, we find: that health care costs rise faster than other consumer prices; that the first question at a hospital […]

Hospital looking to turn corner

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The administrator of Plains Regional Medical Center said Wednesday the hospital failed in several areas this year, but officials are committed to improving performance. “We have had so many public failures this year. It’s sad,” Administrator Hoyt Skabelund said during a presentation to Clovis News Journal staff. Hospital inspections […]

Hospital receives 26 citations

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Plains Regional Medical Center has received 26 citations for violating federal regulations, according to a federal report issued after a May investigation. The extensive investigation was performed by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, a division of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department whose mission is to […]

Highlights of PRMC report

The following is a summary of deficiencies cited in the report: • Infection control A tour of the operating room revealed waste from a recent surgery had been placed in the regular trash rather than the bin for infectious waste. Infectious waste in New Mexico — which can include organs, blood, used needles or any […]

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 […]