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 […]

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 […]