Cannon clinic career field celebrates joint service history

Amn. Thomas Trower, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Thursday marked the beginning of Physician Assistant Week, commemorating a profession that began almost 40 years ago. On Oct. 6, 1967 the first physician assistant (PA) class graduated from Duke University. The class was comprised of Navy corpsman that served in Vietnam. The curriculum was based on […]

Medical plan changes on way for bases

By Tom Philpott More than 128,000 military beneficiaries taking Viagra or Cialis for erectile dysfunction likely will have to switch this fall to Levitra or face higher co-payments on their prescriptions. The Defense Department’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee will recommend in mid-July that Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., the Pentagon’s top health official, narrow the field […]

Former commissioner improving

CNJ staff Former city commissioner Gloria Wicker has been upgraded to stable condition, according to officials at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Speaking from her hospital room Saturday, Wicker said she is gradually getting better. “Everyday is a little bit better than the day before,” she said, noting that she still feels pretty weak. Wicker […]

Staffing main ER concern

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Plains Regional Medical Center officials said the emergency room handles about 36,000 patients every year. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Dressed in pink scrubs, emergency room admittance officer Traci Garcia is often the first person to greet patients at the Plains Regional Medical Center. Scanning rows of empty tan seats […]

Proof of humanity required in tech age

By Helena Rodriguez I had to provide proof the other day that I am a human being — and to a machine of all things. I was sending out e-mails for a class project to people — you know, those real-life, in the flesh-and-blood creatures that have overtaken this planet. Anyway, I was asking these […]

Cancer center keeps patients close to home

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Registered nurse Kim Adams draws blood from Maria Enriquez of Portales on Thursday at the Plains Regional Cancer Center. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Until Maria Enriquez was diagnosed with breast cancer in September, she never really paid attention to the disease. Since that time, the 29-year-old Portales resident […]

In tribute: Ex-POW becomes doctor

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer He was a medical doctor who took a personal interest in each of his patients, always strived to make the best of a bad situation, and had a deep love for knowledge and education. That’s how family members described Clovis’ Michele de Maio, who died Nov. 4 from complications […]

Budget tightening leads to drug changes

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Phyllis Ramm, wife of an Air Force retiree, got a surprise Aug. 7 when she called the Keesler Air Force Base pharmacy to refill routine prescriptions. She learned that some popular brand-name drugs no longer would be dispensed on base, after patients get a final 30-day supply. The Air Force […]

Socialized health care not the answer

By Walter Williams Let’s start out by not quibbling with America’s socialists’ false claim that health-care service is a human right that people should have regardless of whether they can pay for it or not and that it should be free. Before we buy into this socialist agenda, we might check out just what happens […]

Hospital cancer unit upgraded

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The $5.1 million cancer center at Plains Regional Medical Center has a vault linear accelerator that delivers the radiation therapy using pencil-thin beams of radiation that strike the tumor from all angles. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King: CNJ staff writer A newly equipped, $5.1 million cancer center at Plains Regional Medical Center […]

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 […]

Q&A: Rajan K. Mirchandani, M.D.

Rajan K. Mirchandani, M.D., 46, will be opening a private practice in Clovis in January. Q: Where do you presently work? A: I’ve been working in the Urgent Care Center at Plains Regional Medical Center for the last 2 1/2 years. Q: What brought you to the Clovis area? A: Dr. William Gaspar and I […]

Local health community celebrates new addition

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Expansion projects at Plains Regional Medical Center include expanding the emergency room, building a new physician’s office, and the opening of the Healthplex and cancer treatment center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Gary Mitchell Hospital administrator Brian Bentley calls today’s grand opening ceremony “a three-fold celebration.” Dignitaries from Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Plains Regional Medical Center […]

West Nile still in Curry

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Five new non-fatal cases of West Nile virus, including one with severe symptoms from Curry County, have brought New Mexico’s total of human cases to 116, state health officials said Monday. The most severely ill of the five new patients is a 60-year-old Curry County man with meningitis, […]

Doggone good therapy

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Dustin Williams (left), 12, his brother Josh Williams, 10, and Nicole Kennedy, 10 enjoy the company of Cosmos on Thursday at the Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Photo by Lisa Sonnenschein. By Helena Rodriguez If laughter is good medicine, then pets just may be part of the cure. Several times a week, volunteers with […]

Take politics out of VA health care

By Tom Philpott Moving fast on a key recommendation from a presidential task force, the House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman has introduced a bill to require “full funding’’ of VA health budgets to ensure timely care to almost all enrolled veterans, including many with no service-connected ailments. The Veterans’ Health Care Full Funding Act “would […]

Bush deserves applause for AIDS effort

By Mona Charen This may mark me as a bit of a crank, but I still recall Bob Geldof’s heated denunciation of the United States back in the 1980s. He was the moving force behind Live Aid and the “We Are the World” recording that raised money for famine relief in Ethiopia. But in typical […]

Patients to decide who has access to medical conditions

Mike Linn A new federal regulation allowing patients to choose who can receive medical updates on their condition is keeping medical records clerks and other health care employees in the safeguard mode. The privacy rules took affect on April 14, and prohibit disclosure, without patient permission, of any information regarding the patient. “Your mother can’t […]