Questions answered about PRMC reductions

27th Medical Group Plains Regional Medical Center (PRMC) in Clovis, N.M. recently announced they are reducing their staff. Also announced were changes in their urgent care center and a new surgery center in Clovis. The Cannon Medical Group has been in contact with PRMC officials and gathered answers to questions military beneficiaries may have. Q: […]

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 […]

Needle, bloody bandages found in city landfill

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer A hypodermic needle and two bloody gauze bandages that came from a Plains Regional Medical Center dumpster were recently discovered by employees of the Clovis city landfill, PRMC Administrator Hoyt Skabelund said Tuesday. While both items are considered infectious waste — classified as any substance that has the potential […]

Hospital CEO: Future bright for industry

Tonya Fennel: CNJ staff writer Jim Hinton Chief executive officer of Presbyterian Healthcare Services Biography Hinton has been with Presbyterian for 23 years. He serves on the Presbyterian board of directors and is chairman of the Presbyterian Health Plan board of directors. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Cindy. They have two children, Rebecca […]

Hospital receives 26 citations

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Plains Regional Medical Center has received 26 citations for violating federal regulations, according to a federal report issued after a May investigation. The extensive investigation was performed by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, a division of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department whose mission is to […]

Hospital guards against infant abductions

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Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisleAmber and Justin Norman of Portales sit in the room after their first child, Teagan, was born at 12:23 a.m. Wednesday at Plains Regional Medical Center. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Elizabeth McGregor snuggled her newborn son protectively against her breast as she lay recovering from a Caesarian section at Plains […]

5/30 Local roundup

Accident victim transferred from PRMC A local man died Saturday night in an automobile accident north of Clovis on Highway 209, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s office Richard Cerda, 33, of Clovis, the driver of the vehicle involved in the one-vehicle accident, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 10:30 p.m. […]

Officials: Four hospital administrators relieved of duties

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The administrative staff at Plains Regional Medical Center was downsized Thursday, according to PRMC officials. Four administrators were relieved of their duties effective next week, PRMC spokesperson Tayloria Grant said Friday in a phone interview. Director of patient care services Joan Martin, director of radiology and assistant administrator Mike […]

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 […]

Highlights of PRMC report

The following is a summary of deficiencies cited in the report: • Infection control A tour of the operating room revealed waste from a recent surgery had been placed in the regular trash rather than the bin for infectious waste. Infectious waste in New Mexico — which can include organs, blood, used needles or any […]

Hospital inspected for improper waste disposal

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Infectious waste from the Plains Regional Medical Center operating room was disposed of improperly during an inspection of the hospital in February conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health. An employee placed infectious waste in a container for material considered non-infectious, PRMC officials said. Infectious waste in New […]

Federal health care officials inspecting hospital

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Federal health care regulatory agency officials began an inspection Monday of Plains Regional Medical Center, according to PRMC spokesperson Tayloria Grant. Nine officials from Centers for Medicaid and Medicare will take part in the inspection, which was spurred by a complaint substantiated earlier this year by the New Mexico […]

New hospital administrator targets improving patient satisfaction

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A New Mexico hospital administrator with a history of tending to hospitals in need volunteered to lead Plains Regional Medical Center. Officials from the hospital — scrutinized earlier this year by several regulatory agencies and bogged down by board member resignations — announced Hoyt Skabelund landed the position Wednesday, […]

Hospital cited by second agency

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Spurred by complaints, three independent organizations have inspected Plains Regional Medical Center since January, officials confirmed this week. Two of those agencies have cited the hospital for being out of compliance with their standards. The third determined the complaint was unsubstantiated. PRMC officials and inspection agencies have said inspections […]

Hospital to undergo more comprehensive survey

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center was out of compliance with Medicare’s conditions of participation during a state inspection conducted in February, a spokesperson from the federal agency that regulates Medicare and Medicaid programs said this week. When the Department of Health visited PRMC last month, it was there to investigate […]

PRMC board committed to health care

Gayla Brumfield: Guest Columnist Lately, there’s been some buzz around town about Plains Regional Medical Center. I suspect with the recent newspaper coverage, many residents may have questions or concerns. I have lived and worked in the Clovis area for most my life. I care about this community and the quality of our health care. […]

Report released to PRMC officials

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A report detailing deficiencies discovered at Plains Regional Medical Center was released Wednesday afternoon to PRMC officials. Its contents were compiled by state health officials during an unannounced February hospital inspection, which was conducted in response to a complaint against the medical facility. Though hospital officials could release details […]

Hospital should be more open with community

Freedom Newspapers Plains Regional Medical Center officials have assured us there is nothing to worry about. Despite resignations this month from the Clovis hospital’s administrator and two longtime board members, despite a surprise inspection from the Health Department on Feb. 6 that was spurred by an unspecified complaint, we’re told the region’s largest hospital is […]

Hospital administrator resigns

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PRMC serves more than 110,000 people living within a 100-mile radius of the city of Clovis, according to its Web site. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center officials on Friday announced that Administrator Brian Bentley has resigned. No reason for the resignation was given and officials would […]

Hospital chair resigns

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor The chairman of Plains Regional Medical Center’s Board of Directors resigned on Wednesday after 16 years in the position, a hospital spokesman said. “Steve Hudson did step down … He didn’t offer an official statement or anything like that,” said Todd Sandman, a spokesman for PRMC’s parent company, Presbyterian Healthcare […]