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 […]

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 […]

Q&A: PRMC keeping pace

Wesley White is chief operating and financial officer at Plains Regional Medical Center. He answered questions recently about the hospital expansion. Q. What is capacity now? A.The hospital is licensed for 106 beds. The Intensive Care Unit beds will increase from 8 to 12 in 2007. Q. Is PRMC seeing increase in demand, and how […]