Drug raids add up to federal intimidation

Freedom Newspapers The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has started playing hardball with medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, but it’s unclear how far it will move beyond symbolic intimidation. The DEA, which has discretion when it comes to setting priorities, would do well to abandon this effort to deprive seriously ill people of medicine to […]

Aug. 1, 1926

The Clovis News reported a pistol was stolen from the sheriff’s car while it was parked on Main street. … The Clovis News purchased from S.J. Boykin a brick building on Main Street formerly occupied by the Little Smart Shop. … An epidemic of Typhoid fever broke out around Santa Fe Railway general offices. Of […]

Local health care offered online

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer By Sharna Johnson CNJ STAFF WRITER sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com The Internet is making it possible to visit the doctor’s office without leaving your home. Using the newly launched “Pres-e-Care” Web system, patients of Plains Regional Medical Center doctors can check lab results, refill prescriptions, schedule appointments and even consult with their […]

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 […]

27 MDG addresses clinic patrons’ issues

By Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower First Call Resolution, quicker waiting times and fewer clinic visits were top subjects discussed at a Community Healthcare Council meeting with customers of the base clinic March 21 at The Landing. In an open forum, Col. Kenneth Hall, 27th Medical Group commander, updated families on programs being implemented to […]

Become more involved in healthcare

Courtesy of the 27th Medical Group The 27h Medical Group observed National Patient Safety Awareness Week Monday though today. Healthcare organizations across the country are participating in events to promote patient safety. According to the National Patient Safety Foundation Web site at www.npsf.org the theme for National Patient Safety Awareness Week is “Patient Safety – […]

Area flu cases on rise

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The number of patients being treated for flu-like symptoms has almost doubled in recent weeks, according to area health officials. In response, the New Mexico Department of Health has organized several flu shot clinics, according to a press release. “We’ve seen a big increase … (with patients ranging) from […]

Stylin’ survivor

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Karla Granillo, left, a first-semester cosmetology student, styles the hair on her mannequin at Clovis Community College on Tuesday. CCC is the site of a program that provides free wigs and make-up to cancer patients. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer To shrink the cancer in her liver, Carol Johnson […]

Stomach bug keeps 27th Medical Group active

the 27th Medical Group Staff Airmen advised to avoid workplace The Cannon medical group has seen a recent increase of acute gastroenteritis, commonly known as the “stomach bug” among its clients. This illness typically presents itself with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and generally feeling “poor.” Running a low-grade fever (up to 100 degrees) is common. […]

Flu vaccine available at Cannon clinic

Courtesy 27th Medical Group The flu season has resurfaced and the 27th Fighter Wing is launching its yearly influenza vaccination program. Unfortunately, flu vaccine supply is constrained again this year, with a limited number of available doses of nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) and delayed delivery of the injectable vaccine (FluZone), said Maj. Walter Matthews, 27th […]

Learning your ABZ’s

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleSleep therapist Bryan Ellis says sleeping disorders are underdiagnosed. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer By Marlena Hartz marlena_hartz@link.freedom.com He swings the door open to reveal an immaculate room. Not a crumb on the carpet, not a stain on the nightstand, not a wrinkle on the floral bedspread. Makes sense. After […]

Report: PRMC cited for 13 violations

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Plains Regional Medical Center officials breached federal regulations regarding administering drugs, disposal of medical waste and documenting quality control, according to a federal report issued after a February inspection of the hospital. The Clovis hospital was found to be deficient in 13 federal requirements for hospitals, according to the […]

Fire department acquires mobile medical trailer

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Fire Department has acquired a mobile medical trailer through state grants that will be a valued tool in case of a mass casualty incident such as a bus accident, according to Karen Burns of the CFD. Equipped for triage, or the sorting of patients by the extremity […]

Medical marijuana use gains support

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer For the sixth time in his legislative career, Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, voted in favor of medical marijuana. The bill to legalize the controlled distribution of marijuana to terminally ill patients with AIDS, cancer and some other illnesses, is something Ingle, along with the governor, other legislators and the […]

PRMC on par with rest of state

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Technician Bruce Hinchey processes patient specimens Tuesday in the laboratory at Plains Regional Medical Center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Medical services at Plains Regional Medical Center are on par with those at other New Mexico hospitals, according to a new report available online. But that may not be the […]

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 […]

Medical center implements smoking ban on property

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center will no longer permit tobacco use on its property to promote public health, according to a hospital official. The smoking ban begins today. The hospital, part of the Presbyterian Health Care Services system, has disbanded its designated outdoor smoking areas, hospital officials said. “We wanted […]

Local believes eyes window to human health

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According to Hale and other iridologists, the iris is a map of the body, and each of its sections corresponds to a body part or an organ. (CNJ illustration: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her home, even from the outside, bears signs of her faith: A stone statue of the Virgin Mary […]

Med Group to offer Acute Care Walk-in Service

Courtesy of the 27th Medical Group The 27th Medical Group is pleased to announce the launch of its new Acute Care Walk-in Service on Monday. This service is for beneficiaries enrolled in Family Practice and will be open Monday through Friday. Check-in times Monday through Thursday will be from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from […]