PRMC hires psychiatrist

CNJ staff Plains Regional Medical Center has hired a psychiatrist, according to a news release. Dr. Anne Ortiz started on April 11. Ortiz comes to PRMC from Artesia General Hospital where she was a psychiatrist for acute patients admitted to the hospital. Ortiz received a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Tech and her medical degree […]

Year in review: PRMC expands; Melrose breaks ground on clinic

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File photo Plains Regional Medical Center Administrator Hoyt Skabelund inspects surgery rooms in a newly opened outpatient surgery center. CNJ staff In 2010, Melrose broke ground on the first health clinic to be located in the Curry County village. Money to build the facility, $500,000, was obtained through a state community development grant. The 1,920 […]

Infant CPR classes being offered

CNJ staff The American Red Cross and with Plains Regional Medical Center are offering monthly infant and child CPR classes for new parents and caregivers. The classes focus on teaching cardiac and breathing emergency skills for infants and children up to about age 8. Classes will be held on the fourth Saturday of every month […]

PRMC beefing up services in preparation for Cannon growth

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File photo Plains Regional Medical Center has identified labor and delivery as one of several services that need to be bolstered with an influx of new personnel at Cannon Air Force Base. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Cannon Air Force Base’s force size rises to a projected near 5,000 personnel level, local medical […]

Press Release: PRMC program to increase organ donations

In honor of National Donate Life month in April, Plains Regional Medical Center is helping to save lives by launching a hospital and community campaign to increase organ and tissue donation education and registrations.

Press Release: Brumfield resigns from PRMC board

Gayla Brumfield resigned as Chair from Plains Regional Medical Center, PRMC, Community Board of Trustees as of April 1, 2010. Brumfield served on the hospital board for 15 years with the last 4 as chair. “The past several years serving as a Board Member and continuing on as the chairman of the Board has been […]

PRMC dedicates new outpatient surgery center

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson David Mongar, a registered nurse who works in the Plains Regional Medical Center’s surgery center, demonstrates use of a camera in one of the operating rooms during a tour of the facility Wednesday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer By summer, Plains Regional Medical Center hopes to have its new […]

PRMC follow-up inspection planned

CNJ staff The New Mexico Environment Department’s Solid Waste Bureau is planning a follow-up inspection at Plains Regional Medical Center in March as part of its investigation into infectious waste found at the Clovis landfill. The inspection will take place sometime in March, according to a SWB inspection report obtained through a Freedom of Information […]

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 […]

Health workers to be among first to get H1N1 vaccine

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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 […]

PRMC learns of computer breach

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A server containing information for about 7,600 Plains Regional Medical Center mammography patients was hacked two years ago in North Carolina. Freedom New Mexico Although a server containing information for about 7,600 Plains Regional Medical Center mammography patients was hacked two years ago in North Carolina, the hospital administrator expects […]

Surgery center, PRMC joining forces

CNJ staff The Surgery Center of New Mexico adjacent to Plains Regional Medical Center will soon operate under PRMC’s umbrella. A joint agreement to establish Plains Regional OutPatient Surgery, effective Sept. 17, was announced Tuesday in a release from the hospital. By joining forces, the surgery center — opened in 2006 — will house more […]

Nov. 4 Business Digest

PRMC administrator receives nursing excellence award A clinical coordinator at Plains Regional Medical Center received an award Oct. 25 from the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence, according to a press release from PRMC.Kim Adams received the ambulatory nursing award, which is one of 24 awards given at the 2008 Nursing Excellence Awards in Albuquerque. […]

Freeman comes first

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Steven Freeman kisses his newborn son Jamie Aidan Freeman Tuesday at Plains Regional Medical Center Tuesday. Jamie Aidan Freeman was born at 6:03 a.m, making him the first baby born in 2008 at PRMC. He weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Freemans’ […]

Hospital confident in security

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A spokesman for the parent company of Plains Regional Medical Center said Monday he is confident in the modern approach the hospital takes to prevent infant abductions. PRMC has had infant safety measures in place for five years, according to hospital officials. “While the Lubbock incident has created a […]

Hospital receives citation for transfer

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A health care regulatory agency has cited Plains Regional Medical Center for failure to counsel a psychiatric patient before transferring the patient to another hospital. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that strives to improve health care […]

2006 Year in Review: PRMC leadership changes

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Residents lauded the city’s first roundabout at Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street when it opened in March. The City Commission supported it as a cost-effective way to alleviate congestion and control traffic. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Top News Plains Regional Medical Center’s Administrator Brian Bentley resigned in February. Although no reason […]

Baby boom — PRMC hopes to expand maternity unit

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Kristin Cross holds the second of her three boys — Jensen — to be delivered at Plains Regional Medical Center. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Snuggled inside the hospital is a place that brings babies, such as tiny Jensen Cross, into the world. Less than 24 hours old, Jensen almost […]

Hospital looking to turn corner

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The administrator of Plains Regional Medical Center said Wednesday the hospital failed in several areas this year, but officials are committed to improving performance. “We have had so many public failures this year. It’s sad,” Administrator Hoyt Skabelund said during a presentation to Clovis News Journal staff. Hospital inspections […]

Hospital cuts staff

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A financial squeeze has spurred staff cuts and organizational changes at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, according to PRMC officials. Hospital officials said 40 clinical, non-clinical, support services and management positions will be cut effective Nov. 18. “Our revenues cannot sustain our current staff levels,” reads a statement […]