Technology cuts costs for RGH

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico By getting rid of some of the pictures, Roosevelt General Hospital is hoping for a better financial picture. Staff members showed the hospital board the first stages of the hospital’s Picture Archiving Communication System, or PACS, at the conclusion of Tuesday’s regular meeting. Rocky Houston, director of radiology at […]

RGH board eligibility questioned

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt General Hospital Board of Directors is considering a policy that would prohibit hospital employees from running for election to the board. James D’Agostino, hospital administrator, said during Tuesday’s meeting that other public entities in the county do not allow employees to run for board positions. The proposed […]

County officials: Election ran smoothly

By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer The election process and totals processing for the 2008 general election ran smoothly in Roosevelt County, according to county officials. “This election went a lot smoother than what I expected,” said Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins. Unofficially, 64 percent of Roosevelt County turned out for a historic election with […]

Alexander wins hospital board race

By Argen Duncan: PNT Staff Writer Obstetrician/gynecologist Lonnie Alexander has defeated cardiac rehabilitation nurse Bill Rice in the Roosevelt General Hospital board election. Alexander had 56.8 percent, or 660 votes, and Rice received 501 votes, or 43.2 percent. Election results are not official until the New Mexico Secretary of State confirms them on Friday. “I’m […]

Residents identify election issues

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer With just three days left until the general election, some Portales residents are sharpening their opinions and focusing on the issues they care about most. Dusty McKee cited the war on terror and the economy as the two biggest issues important to him. McKee and his family are visiting […]

Club Notes Nov. 2

RGH Auxiliary The Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary met Sept. 14 at Golden Acres with 36 members attending. Steve North from the District Attorney’s office spoke about the Newman Project. Some members signed up to have their homes evaluated for safety.Hour bars were presented to Mary Kay Kalin for 100 hours; to Carl Britton Sr., Billie […]

Oct. 29, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Library friend seeks support for general obligation bond On behalf of the Friends of the Portales Public Library, this letter is to urge everyone to support Library General Obligation Bond B in the upcoming general election. Library GO Bond B will bring nearly $200,000 to Roosevelt County, benefiting the Portales Public Library as well as […]

Freedom New Mexico takes home 19 NMPA awards

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico claimed 19 awards, and the Clovis News Journal took the general excellence award from the New Mexico Press Association, which held its annual awards ceremony Saturday night in Albuquerque. Freedom New Mexico papers, including the Portales News Tribune and Quay County Sun, took 12 first-place awards. Newsroom employees taking […]

District 5 hospital board candidates share their views

PNT Staff Report The Portales News-Tribune asked the candidates for the Roosevelt General Hospital Board of Directors to respond to the following questions. Lonnie Alexander 1. Briefly describe your professional background and volunteer service. I have been a practicing physician since 1985, in Portales since 1986. I’ve always been active as ENMU’s team physician, provided […]

RGH testing for MRSA

By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Roosevelt General Hospital started testing last week for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bacteria — the precursor for the so-called “super bug” — as part of a statewide program. RGH is one of 16 state hospitals voluntarily participating in the program that is monitoring the spread of MRSA in healthcare facilities, […]

Hospital hosts poster contest

PNT staff Roosevelt General Hospital is hosting a poster contest for the sixth-grade fine arts classes at Lindsey Elementary School. The posters will be used to provide awareness of the importance of hand hygiene during Infection Control Week. The winner will be notified Oct. 27 and a pizza party will be provided for the winning […]

Roosevelt General Hospital recipient of federal, state funds

By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Roosevelt General Hospital will receive more than $200,000 in federal and state-matched funds. The funds are made available to sole-community provider hospitals by the New Mexico Excess Gross Receipt Tax, said James D’Agostino, RGH administrator. “A hospital in New Mexico did not apply for the excess funds,” D’Agostino said. […]

Voter registration deadline nears

PNT staff Persons who wish to vote in the Nov. 4 general election must register by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Early in-person voting begins Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Clerk’s office. Absentee ballot applications may be obtained by calling 356-8562.

Hospital developing disaster plan

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Staff at Roosevelt General Hospital are working to prepare a county and community disaster plan that will be the model for the state. The Portales-based hospital was chosen in March by the New Mexico Department of Health to develop a Medical Surge Plan that will be used as blueprint […]

Residents unsure how federal bailout will work

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The financial markets reflected a general feeling of unease and skepticism felt by many over the government’s proposed $700 billion bailout plan to buy bank’s mortgage debts. Worries that the rescue package would cost too much, drive up inflation, swell the already-bloated deficit and hurt the ailing economy also […]

Local Brief Sept. 17

PNT Staff Report Hospital offers smoking cessation Roosevelt General Hospital is holding its second free eight-week Smoking Cessation class starting Oct. 7. The class from 5:15-7:15 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Roosevelt General Hospital. Class instructor Laura Murdock and her assistants, Bill Rice and Jessica Meeks, are trained by the New Mexico Medical Review Association […]

Events Calendar July 22, 2008

TodayRoosevelt General Hospital board meeting — 11:30 a.m., RGH conference room.Summer VBS — 8 a.m. to noon, St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. WednesdaySummer VBS — 8 a.m. to noon, St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales.Children, Youth and Families Department’s ice cream social promoting foster and adoptive parenting — 5:30-6:30 p.m., at CYFD office 221 […]

RGH putting focus on patient

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Mickey Winfield Roosevelt General Hospital wants to know how they’re doing — not with surgery and checkups, but with smiles and customer service. Like mixing unpleasant but necessary cough syrup with a flavored compound to help it go down easier, hospital administrators want to provide their medical care with a heavy dose of excellent customer […]

No arrests made in shooting

PNT Staff The Portales Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred early Thursday morning, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Portales Police dispatch received a call from Roosevelt General Hospital at 5:10 a.m., reporting a male subject with a gunshot wound to the leg being treated in the emergency room, according to Portales […]

Police investigate a shooting in Portales

PNT Staff Report The Portales Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred early Thursday morning, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Portales Police dispatch received a call from Roosevelt General Hospital at 5:10 a.m., reporting a male subject with a gunshot wound to the legbeing treated in the emergency room, according to Portales […]