La Casa set to receive stimulus money

Freedom New Mexico More than a dozen jobs are coming to a local health care provider through stimulus funds. La Casa is about to receive $294,533 of the $4.9 million the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is releasing to 15 New Mexico health care centers in Increased Demand for Services (IDS) grant funding. […]

Belly dancing, affordable meals among booths at annual Woman’s Day

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Hey, ladies, grab a sip of organic coffee, take a look at the jewelry and brush up on the latest skin care, gardening and cooking tips. Portales Women’s Club is hosting its Fifth Annual Woman’s Day Out 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 4 at the Eastern New Mexico […]

It’s their job: Dusti Price

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Name: Dusti Price Job: Certified nursing assistant at Heartland Continuing Care Center Background: Price was raised in Clovis and received her certification at Clovis Community College. Time on job: Six months What does your job entail? We take care of the everyday living needs of the elderly. What is a typical day like for you? […]

Feb. 1, 2009 Weddings

Johnson-Moreno Robinson Sandra Johnson-Moreno and Oscar H. Robinson, both of Portales, were joined in marriage Dec. 31, 2008, at the home of Rose and Gary Robbins. Rev. Galen Issaacs performed the Christian ceremony. The bride is the daughter of the late Tom W. and Mary Ann Johnson of Portales. The bridegroom is the son of […]

Human Services secretary unveils health-care plans

New Mexican staff Days remaining in session: 53 If at first you don’t succeed… Human Services Secretary Pam Hyde on Monday unveiled her department’s health-care reform plans for this session. The 10-point plan includes an electronic medical records act, a requirement that insurance companies spend 85 percent of premiums on direct services to client, and […]

Indigent care demands jump

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Demand for indigent care has jumped almost 40 percent at one local hospital and increased four-fold at area clinics for the poor and under-insured. Administrators at Plains Regional Medical Center and La Casa Family Health Centers in Clovis and Portales say they believe the reason for such huge increases […]

County seeks gross receipts tax increase

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission wants to impose a gross receipts tax to help fund health care for people who can’t afford it. At their meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, commissioners unanimously passed the notice. State regulations require a public hearing before the tax becomes reality. County Manager Charlene […]

Deputy rates TRICARE ‘C+ or B-’

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Too many beneficiaries of the military direct-care health system still can’t get timely appointments, or reach doctors after hours, or establish a close family-doctor relationship with a single military physician or group. For these reasons and more , Army Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Elder Granger, deputy director of TRICARE and a […]

Pipes, pets need extra care in cold weather

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer With the National Weather Service forecasting temperatures below freezing the next several nights in Portales and Clovis, pipes and pets need a little extra care. The weather service was predicting thermometers could dip as low as 18 degrees Saturday night and 16 degrees Sunday night. Veterinarian Kathryn Bartlett of […]

Preventative health care always cheapest

Freedom New Mexico A merica’s top health executives told the

Guest Column: Bonds C and D benefit communities

As presidents of Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University, we want to share why the passage of General Obligation Bonds C and D in the Nov. 4 General Election should make sense to the citizens of Curry and Roosevelt counties. If Bond C passes, CCC will receive $4 million to expand its Allied […]

Wounded gain lifelong advocates

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist About 120 service members and veterans who have suffered traumatic combat wounds requiring lifelong care have begun to see the benefits of having a Federal Recovery Coordinator assigned to help them. These “FRCs” are still few in number.

Animals set for auction

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Hundreds of Roosevelt County children will be shown the money for taking care of their livestock, as the gavel comes down on the 20th anniversary Roosevelt County Fair junior livestock auction this morning. The bidding begins at 9 a.m., livestock superintendent Mike O’Connor said. “It’s a financial incentive to […]

‘Superbug’ infections tracking higher at RGH

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital staff members are increasingly concerned about the rise of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA infections, at the hospital. Director of Patient Care Gayle Richerson told RGH board members Tuesday at their regular meeting that the percentage of staph infections that turn out to be the MRSA […]

Health care reform requires personal responsibility

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I think I

Resident thankful for care received

I would like to thank the three young men who came to the senior citizen’s center in the ambulance to take me to the hospital. They were very gentle and concerned about my comfort. I did not get their names but Portales citizens are fortunate to have these young men. Thanks again for the concern. […]

Savings numbers don’t match health care reality

By Tom Philpott Bush administration officials again have saddled Congress with an under-funded military health-care budget by projecting $1.2 billion in savings they know will not be realized, say critics on Capitol Hill. Part of the false savings, for a third straight year, is tied to the unlikely scenario that Congress will enact administration plans […]

2-19-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: Aileen McAlister Job: Florist and owner Butterfly Floral Time on job: 26 years Background: Past farmer also a former president of the New Mexico Florist Association. She has done numerous design shows for other florists from 1985 to 2005. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. She takes care of a range of business […]

Local lawmakers wary of Richardson health care plan

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson plans to call a special session to deal with health care — his top issue for the legislative session that ended Thursday. “We will pass health care reform,” he said. He did not specify a time for the special session. Local lawmakers, like others around the […]

State legislature approves capital outlay package

Staff and wire reports The Legislature adjourned Thursday after approving a $348 million capital improvement package to replace one vetoed by the governor, but a special session loomed large as lawmakers headed home. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson blasted lawmakers for what he described as “the least productive session since I have been governor.” “The results […]