Some residents unsure of health legislation

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Healthcare legislation signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama was no doubt historic. But some Clovis residents feel it’s more about Democrats and Republicans than the year-long process was about Americans. “I think they’re playing politics,” said Jimmy Dimas, a retired school employee who moved to Clovis five […]

President signs national healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A beaming President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and will touch nearly every citizen’s life, presiding over the biggest shift in U.S. domestic policy since the 1960s and capping a divisive, yearlong debate that could define the […]

Family best gift of all

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Margarette Forrest, 91, enjoyed making meals for her family on Mother’s Day. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer The Laurel Ridge Healthcare facility is home to many mothers including Maurine Winkles, 92, and Margarette Forrest, 91. Both women said the best Mother’s Day gift is the time spent with their […]

MRSA infection tracked locally

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ Staff Writer Plains Regional Medical Center treated 151 patients last year for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, according to a hospital official. Joy Stoddard, infection control and occupational health nurse at PRMC, said none of the MRSA infections were acquired in the hospital. She was not aware of any local deaths […]

Health care facilities change hands

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A California health care company assumed ownership Sept. 1 of two Clovis senior health care facilities. Skilled Healthcare Group bought 10 Laurel Healthcare Providers New Mexico facilities for $51.5 million, according to an August New Mexico Business Weekly article. Eight of those properties are in the Albuquerque area, according […]

Business Digest: Sorghum growers meeting slated

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor New Mexico Grain Sorghum Association will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 13 at the Jacob Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, according to an association announcement. Mark Marsalis, extension agronomy specialist with the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, will give an […]

Hospital CEO: Future bright for industry

Tonya Fennel: CNJ staff writer Jim Hinton Chief executive officer of Presbyterian Healthcare Services Biography Hinton has been with Presbyterian for 23 years. He serves on the Presbyterian board of directors and is chairman of the Presbyterian Health Plan board of directors. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Cindy. They have two children, Rebecca […]

Neely, Bernice

Bernice Neely, 77, of Clovis died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at Laurel Plains Healthcare. Arrangements will be announced by Steed-Todd Funeral Home.

Hospital chair resigns

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor The chairman of Plains Regional Medical Center’s Board of Directors resigned on Wednesday after 16 years in the position, a hospital spokesman said. “Steve Hudson did step down … He didn’t offer an official statement or anything like that,” said Todd Sandman, a spokesman for PRMC’s parent company, Presbyterian Healthcare […]

Angry retirees echo complaints of ’90s

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Military retirees under age 65 learned in this column last week they could face sharply higher healthcare costs under a plan by senior Defense officials that would at least double TRICARE fees by 2008. The plan would also tie future fee increases to the annual percentage rise in healthcare costs […]