Medical center holding grand opening in Friona

CNJ staff Parmer Medical Center in Friona has announced an Oct. 22 grand opening at its facility. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (CDT) as a come-and-go celebration at 1307 Cleveland Street. The ribbon cutting will be 2:30 p.m. The hospital will offer scheduled tours of the new facility, and the […]

One injured in ATV accident

PNT staff Portales and Clovis paramedics responded Monday evening to an all terrain vehicle accident in the area of the Boonestroo Dairy on State Road 467. Lt. Ricky Mitchell of the Clovis Fire Department said crews could not get to the patient with an ambulance, so pick up trucks were used to get to the […]

PRMC changes visitation policy

Freedom New Mexico Plains Regional Medical Center announced a new visitation policy Friday, citing efforts to help stop the spread of flu. Visitors must be at least 15 years old and all visitors will be limited to two per patient at any one time. Here are some exceptions to the age requirement for visitors age […]

12/2 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 a.m. Nov. 21 an officer was called to the intensive care unit at the hospital for a combative patient. The officer noted on his arrival a 54-year-old patient was cursing and threatening nurses because they were trying to reattach a […]

Patient-nurse ratio inaccurate mark of success

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VA struggles to meet patient needs

VA struggles to meet patient needs Veterans’ medical facilities in our region are completely overloaded and administrators are lax in hiring enough qualified personnel and keeping on top of ongoing problems. When it takes two to three months for an appointment and you are ill, that is too long — especially when you have to […]

VA struggles to meet patient needs

VA struggles to meet patient needs Veterans’ medical facilities in our region are completely overloaded and administrators are lax in hiring enough qualified personnel and keeping on top of ongoing problems. When it takes two to three months for an appointment and you are ill, that is too long — especially when you have to […]

Doggie Howser, MD: Therapy dog

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Casper the therapy dog visits with surgical floor nurses at Plains Regional Medical Center. “The staff and the patients, they love having him here,” his owner David Kelso said. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A practiced calm settled over Casper as he stood ready to make his rounds. As the […]

Office visit prompts road rage

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I am a proactive patient. My family tells me I am a bit of a hypochondriac, but I just think I’m being thorough. I also have five young children, any one of whom is sick at any given time, so visits to physicians’ offices have become a part-time job. From office […]

Hospital receives citation for transfer

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A health care regulatory agency has cited Plains Regional Medical Center for failure to counsel a psychiatric patient before transferring the patient to another hospital. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that strives to improve health care […]