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 […]