Reader-submitted content: Hope Lodge supporting cancer patients

Cancer patients and their caregivers traveling to Lubbock for cancer treatments have found new hope for the past year. Since the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Lubbock opened its doors, the “home away from home” has made great strides in the fight to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. In the […]

Melrose clinic opening Monday

lo8xr9-lo8xpf713melroseclinic.jpg

Courtesy photo The Melrose Health Clinic is scheduled to open Monday. The clinic was paid for through a $500,000 community development grant. Sharna Johnson Residents of the Village of Melrose and surrounding communities will soon be able to get medical care close by. Nearly four years in the making, the Melrose Health Clinic will open […]

Patient transfers stretching resources

lhgod4-lhgoc6225firedeptvehiclemain.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Firefighter Mike Field performs a routine maintenance check on an ambulance at Station 1. Sharna Johnson Clovis ambulances are spending more and more time taking patients out of town, a dynamic that is starting to stretch resources a little thin. In the last two years, out-of-town ambulance transfers increased 57 […]

Colorful caps donated for cancer patients

lgfhjx-lgfhgs211knittedcaps2.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Hat maker Evelyn Rush said she intentionally makes the caps for cancer patients bright and colorful. Liliana Castillo A big fan of crocheting is spreading cheer to Clovis area cancer patients from Sea Side, Oregon. Evelyn Rush, 73, began crocheting colorful caps after she got the pattern from a friend. […]

‘Professional patients’ need tough love

Perhaps it is because it has been more than nine years now since the doctor came in and told a perfectly healthy me, who had no reason to suspect it, that “Your biopsy tested positive. It was cancer.” Perhaps it is because, as someone told me at the time, this would one day seem like […]

First person: Clovis nurses aid honored

ku3qea-ku3qdn124rudyapodaca.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rudy Apodaca, 55, has been a certified nurses assistant for seven years. He said he likes his job because he likes helping people. Rudy Apodaca was named home health aid of the year by the New Mexico Association for Home and Hospice Care. Apodaca has been a certified nurses aid […]

PRMC spokesperson: Vaccine reserved for high-risk patients

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer While Clovis waits for the bulk of its apportioned vaccines for swine flu, what’s showed up is going to those most at risk. Plains Regional Medical Center is following New Mexico Department of Health recommendations for the doses it has received, said Presbyterian Healthcare Services spokesman Brad Treptow. So […]

More people turning to taxpayer-supported clinics

kruc1y-1021healthclinics.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo La Casa Family Health Center in Clovis is renovating to create more exam rooms, office and waiting room space to accommodate an influx in new patients. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The recession is causing more people in the area to turn to taxpayer-supported health centers that provide care […]

RGH sets up flu treatment tents

kr83mt-109rghflu1web.jpg

Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Emergency Medical Service-Intermediate Rhonda Gorrell of Dora hands a mask to Gay Weese director of marketing with Roosevelt General Hospital. The masks are worn by patients and others while at the new triage set up outside the clinic on Thursday. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico High numbers of patients […]

Health workers to be among first to get H1N1 vaccine

kr2l3b-106flushot1.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cheryl Teitz, assistant emergency room director at PRMC, adminsters a shot at Plains Regional Medical Center. Adminstrators stress the hospital won’t be giving H1N1 vaccinations and the flu shot will only be available through regular medical providers. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Vaccine for the H1N1 flu virus is […]