RGH clinics moving closer to rural status

PNT staff The Roosevelt General Hospital Board learned Tuesday the Portales clinic is 90 days away from being able to bill as a designated rural health clinic, once Medicare and Medicaid send a billing code. The new billing number will allow the clinic to bill under the rural health clinic designation so in time they […]

Survey could help local medical facilities secure funding

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer After two years of working for federal reimbursement, the Roosevelt General Hospital Rural Health Clinic in Portales and RGH’s clinic in Clovis have been approved for a survey by the New Mexico License and Certification Department. If the clinics are certified as rural-based, both are likely to receive federal […]

It’s their job: College student learning about his selected field

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Justin Jones is kennel manager, veterinary technician and receptionist at Caprock Veterinary Clinic Jones was born in Dallas, but spent the vast majority of his life in Portales. He is majoring in biology with a pre-medicine emphasis at Eastern New Mexico University with hopes of becoming a veterinarian. How […]

Clovis, Melrose to receive grants

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer On the day many people sent money to the government, Melrose and Clovis saw government funds come to them. Wednesday, Curry County was awarded a $500,000 grant to build a Melrose health clinic, and a grant of the same amount went to the City of Clovis to repave Pile […]

It’s Their Job: Justin Jones

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Name: Justin Jones Job: Kennel Manager at Caprock Veterinary Clinic Background: Jones was raised and attended school in Portales. He is now studying at ENMU to become a veterinarian. Time on job: One and a half years What does your job entail? It depends on the day. Sometimes I work with the animals in the […]

Bees set up shop at clinic

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A portion of the Portales Medical Clinic at 320 South Ave. — including the main entrance — was closed about 8 a.m. Monday after a colony of bees was discovered, according to officials. Officials were concerned the insects could be Africanized honey bees, although that has not been confirmed, […]

Bees a threat to Portales medical clinic

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A portion of the Portales Medical Clinic at 320 South Ave. — including the main entrance — was closed about 8 a.m. today after a colony of bees was discovered, according to officials. Officials are concerned the insects could be Africanized honey bees, although that has not been confirmed, […]

Cannon clinic closes for training day

The Cannon Air Force Base clinic will be closed April 10 for a wing training day. Questions regarding the clinic closure can be directed to the 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs office at 784-4131.

Sports medicine clinic on its way

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer This April, injured area athletes could be on the mend at a full-service, state-of-the-art sports medicine clinic in downtown Portales owned by Dr. Joel Sievers. As part of the Portales downtown revitalization plan, Sievers recently received $65,000 direct economic development grant funds from the city. Sievers told city officials […]

Officials: Area not yet hit by flu

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer So far this fall, area doctors and medical officials are seeing patients for a variety of illnesses but they say the flu itself hasn’t hit eastern New Mexico. “The flu season has not yet hit New Mexico,” said Chris Minnick, regional public information officer for the New Mexico Department […]

Roosevelt General Hospital expands services offered

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital has entered into a contract with the Speech and Language Clinic at Eastern New Mexico University in an effort to provide diagnostic and rehabilitative services for inpatient and outpatients. “They approached us with a very, very positive program,” Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said during Tuesday’s RGH […]

It’s their job: Jake Jones

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Jake Jones Job: Office Assistant at Portales Medical Clinic and Connection Center/Photo Lab Associate at Wal-Mart. Background: Jones began working at the clinic while still in high school Q. What does your job entail? A. Checking patients out, filing and editing Medicare claims. Soon he’ll be doing insurance […]

Zia soccer offers youth clinic

PNT Staff Report The ENMU women’s soccer team is offering a free youth clinic for boys and girls ages 5-12 from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday at the ENMU soccer practice field. The cost is free. Participants should bring water, a soccer ball and shin guards. Information: www.enmusports.com.

Expo provides horse training clinic

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Combining his love of horses and the chance to teach others to better communicate with their horses, horse trainer Orrin Barnes presented a clinic Tuesday at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. Barnes uses his clinics as an opportunity to teach horse owners about the proper bridling and […]

Schools search for clinic solution

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Schools is facing the challenge of re-establishing a desperately needed school-based health clinic, according to the school administrator. Portales schools have been without a clinic since late last month when La Casa Family Health Center discontinued its contract service with the New Mexico Department of Health. Now […]

PHS health clinic delayed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Delivery and setup of a new portable office for the Portales Municipal School District’s health clinic at Portales High School have been delayed over differences between the school district and the New Mexico Department of Health. Approved by the Portales school board in the spring, the $100,000 in state […]

Kids shown reel fun time at clinic

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By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer How to fish was not the only thing children learned this weekend at the free fishing clinic at Oasis State Park. With 10 learning stations set up around the lake, they also learned about such topics as fly tying, ethics and conservation, aquatic invertebrates and preventing hypothermia. About 70 […]

Oasis Park receives award

By Casey Peacock Recently honored with the “Exemplary Park” award, Oasis State Park will host the 16th annual “Kids Fishing Clinic” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Honored at an awards banquet in October, Oasis received the award based upon the park’s overall performance and commitment to providing a quality place for visitors […]

School system lacking adequate roof repair funds

By Tony Parra The New Mexico Public School Facility Authority allocated money to the Portales School District to fix roofs of some of the school buildings. The problem is it wasn’t enough to fix all the roofs that need repairing, according to school officials. During a work session on Monday afternoon, Randy Fowler, Portales School […]

15th annual fishing clinic lures kids

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By Kevin Wilson Thanks to a stocking of trout, the lake at Oasis State Park had a noticeable population. Despite the weather, Saturday’s free fishing clinic had the same thing. About 85 children, joined by parents and nearly 30 volunteers, populated the lands and waters of Oasis for Saturday’s 15th annual Kids Free Fishin’ Clinic. […]