Hospital weighs discount option

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County General Hospital James D’Agostino said he wants the hospital to work towards offering a discounting option for uninsured patients on Thursday at the RGH board meeting. “We’re going to work on a discount trend with a sliding scale,” D’Agostino said. “We can begin offering a 35 percent discount, for example, […]

Buzard beginning recuperation in Albuquerque

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard was released from an Albuquerque hospital Saturday but still faces treatment for a cancerous brain tumor. Buzard, 36, had part of the eight centimeter tumor surgically removed July 25 at Albuquerque’s Presbyterian Hospital. He said Monday that the surgery got about 70 percent […]

Strike harms state officers

Staff and wire reports PORTALES — New Mexico State Police Officers Lance Bateman and Clint Varnell had just finished helping two women and three small children from a vehicle in a flooded ditch. “I heard a loud crack and felt the pain on my head then went down,” Bateman said Wednesday from his bed at […]

Hospital board does expansion planning

By Kevin Wilson The Roosevelt County hospital board talked about the medical center’s expansion for right now and in the years ahead during Thursday’s regular meeting. Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino told the board members that work was on schedule for the medical office building, which will be located in the northeast area of […]

Hospital education program aimed at ministers

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By Darrell Todd Maurina, Freedom Newspapers Plains Regional Medical Center is offering an intensive training program to assist local pastors in doing hospital ministry. Chaplain Susan Thornton, pastoral community education coordinator at PRMC’s parent corporation, Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, said she’s been assigned to help strengthen pastoral care at the outlying hospitals of the […]

Construction to begin Monday on hospital addition

By Tony Parra Cooper Medical Building will begin work on an addition to the medical office building on Monday, construction foreman Dan Stivers at Thursday’s Roosevelt County Special Hospital District meeting. The Roosevelt County Special Hospital District Board of Trustees approved the designs for the medical building addition. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said the plans […]

Clovis man may have suffered a heart attack

Jack King The Clovis man who was declared dead twice on Wednesday became ill at home early in the day and was transported to the hospital by ambulance, his son said Thursday. Felipe Padilla, 94, was first declared dead at Plains Regional Medical Center on Wednesday morning and his body was taken to Muffley Funeral […]

Man found alive in funeral home, but dies later at hospital

Darrell Todd Maurina CLOVIS — A man declared dead at a Clovis hospital and sent to a funeral home for embalming on Wednesday morning was returned to the hospital after he took a breath. An employee of Muffley Funeral Home called 911 dispatchers when he found Felipe Padilla, 94, of Clovis, was still alive. By […]

Fire victim beats the odds

Ryan Lengerich What happened to Timothy Clem more than six years ago was a tragic accident. What has happened since then, his sister said, is a miracle. On Sept. 1, 1997, Timothy was enjoying an afternoon at Greenbelt Lake outside Clarendon, Texas, near his hometown of Amarillo. His uncle was priming a carburetor with a […]

RGH expecting— baby delivery services overdue

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Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Portales women on the verge of giving birth know the road to the delivery room. It goes about 20 miles north up a winding U.S. Highway 70 past several traffic lights and westbound to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. It’s been that way for years, […]