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 […]

Universal healthcare not perfect solution

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist America’s socialists advocate that we adopt a universal healthcare system like our northern neighbor Canada. Before we buy into complete socialization of our healthcare system, we might check out the Canadian Supreme Court’s June 9th ruling in Chaoulli v. Quebec (Attorney General). It turns out that in order to prop […]

Edens, Henry

Henry Edens Services: Have been held Mr. Henry “Bill” Edens, 89, of Clovis, on Friday, April 8, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on Sept. 24, 1915, in Somervell County, Texas, to Henry B. and Lela V. Umphress Edens. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; Betty June […]

In wartime, all vets not equal

By Tom Philpott Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind., new chairman of House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, says the medical and rehabilitation needs of a new generation of war veterans leave him more certain than ever that Congress erred in 1996 when it opened VA healthcare to any veteran willing to pay modest fees. “While some veterans’ organizations […]

Veterans Affairs budget ‘less friendly’

By Tom Philpott In years past, Bush administration proposals to charge low-priority VA healthcare users a $250 annual enrollment fee and higher co-payments on prescription drugs were declared dead on arrival on Capitol Hill. Not this year. The initiatives, to boost VA revenues by $424 million, appear to have survived a first vigorous round of […]

Mandatory VA funding not a good idea

Tom Philpott, Military Update If John Kerry has his way, any veteran who served two years on active duty or, if mobilized, even less, would be rewarded with lifetime access to healthcare from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). That’s the logical consequence of Kerry’s call for “full, mandatory funding” of veterans healthcare, if the Democratic […]

Democrats now pressing for veteran votes

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Democrats are love-bombing America’s 26.5 million military veterans. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the party’s leading presidential candidate, begins his victory speeches on primary nights by thanking veterans. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, in the Democratic response to President Bush’s State of the Union Address in January, pledged […]

Hospice coordinater dedicated to her patients

Q and A Melba Montague, 45, a registered nurse, is clinical coordinator for Plains Regional Medical Center’s Home Health and Hospice program. This is the 25th anniversary of National Hospice Month, first declared by President Jimmy Carter. Q: In your words, describe the hospice program. A: It is being able to allow our loved ones […]

Healthplex opens in grand style

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By Gary Mitchell No one was more excited about the grand opening of the new 15,000-square-foot Healthplex than Nola Pawol, the director of home health, hospice and rehabilitation for Plains Regional Medical Center. “It’s my privilege to get to be the director of the Healthplex,” Pawol told a crowd of nearly 200 people gathered for […]

New hospital boss on board

By Gary Mitchell The new administrator of Plains Regional Medical Center brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare administration to the job. Brian Bentley, who was en route to Clovis Tuesday night and could not be reached for comment, takes over as administrator of the hospital Sept. 1. Bentley replaces Dick Smith, whose […]