PRMC beefing up services in preparation for Cannon growth

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File photo Plains Regional Medical Center has identified labor and delivery as one of several services that need to be bolstered with an influx of new personnel at Cannon Air Force Base. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Cannon Air Force Base’s force size rises to a projected near 5,000 personnel level, local medical […]

Health care audio conference set

CNJ staff An interactive audio conference is being held to acquaint businesses on what healthcare reform means to them. Sponsored by the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce, the 90-minute conference will be conducted by the Kiplinger Washington Editors. It is being held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Business Enterprise Center. Cost […]

Alcohol prevention program starts with sixth-graders

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Karen Garcia looks over the Too Good for Drugs, Too Good for Violence workbook at her office. The same program is taken to students in Portales’ schools. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Alcohol prevention is not a stranger in Roosevelt and Curry Counties. Both areas have programs in place […]

PRMC dedicates new outpatient surgery center

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson David Mongar, a registered nurse who works in the Plains Regional Medical Center’s surgery center, demonstrates use of a camera in one of the operating rooms during a tour of the facility Wednesday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer By summer, Plains Regional Medical Center hopes to have its new […]

Hospital to dedicate outpatient surgery center

CNJ staff Plains Regional Medical Center is dedicating a new Plains Regional Outpatient Surgery center Wednesday, according to a press release. The outpatient surgery center includes a section for surgery and one for physician’s offices. The release said physicians housed in the center expect to begin seeing patients by summer. Six physicians representing four specialties […]

Curry, Roosevelt among healthiest counties in state

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt and Curry counties are ranked among the 10 healthiest in the state. The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the results of their nationwide study of counties’ health Wednesday. The study included factors such as individual behavior, quality of and access […]

Public Health Office to administer 2,000 doses of swine flu vaccine

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Public Health Office plans to administer 2,000 free doses of the swine flu vaccine Thursday. Gayla Jacquess, nurse manager at the office, said the vaccine is part of an allotment the Centers for Disease Control gives each state. The state disperses the vaccine to counties. The vaccines […]

Business feature: Businesses taking steps to avoid flu

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jade Gallegos, a Clovis Community College student who runs the information desk under the work-study program, said a lot of visitors stop to use a hand sanitizer station near the door. The college is one of a number of local organizations taking steps to prevent the spread of H1N1 flu. […]

Hospice care extends to entire family

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When Loretta Fogerson decided it was time to get hospice help for her ailing mother, her main focus was on her mother’s care. She was surprised to discover the hospice staff cared for her and her family as much as her mother. “The week that my mom died, I […]

Health care providers preparing for surge of flu cases

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Department of Health is warning local health care providers to look for a surge in flu cases in upcoming weeks, including the H1N1 strain. Director of Marketing for Roosevelt General Hospital Gay Weese said the surge is normal for flu season. “Flu season works in waves,” […]

Local experts offer opinions on health care reform

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Local health care experts offered their take on health care reform Thursday and no one offered any easy or simple answers. Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino, La Casa Health Center CEO Seferino Montano, ENMU Economics professor Michael Snipes and Chris Simons, an insurance executive from Artesia, offered their […]

Nurse hoping to raise awareness with cancer education

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kim Adams changes a bag of medicine for one of her patients at Plains Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Center. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After years helping cancer patients, an award-winning nurse is planning ways to educate people about cancer at next month’s Relay for Life cancer-research fundraiser. Kim […]

Woman’s Day out to offer day of informative fun for women

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer PORTALES —The fourth annual Woman’s Day Out treats participants to a day filled with informative, educational and pampering classes. Sponsored by the Portales Woman’s Club, more than 15 workshops will be offered to women of all ages in topics ranging from Edible Gardening and Decorating For All Seasons to […]