Joining forces: RGH enters rural hospital network

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Argen Duncan A new network of small, rural hospitals Roosevelt General Hospital is participating in should provide cost savings, more information resources and an opportunity for more services, the RGH CEO said. Seven rural hospitals with less than 50 beds received a federal grant to plan the policies and procedures of the network, said RGH […]

Press release: Roosevelt General joins new hospital network

Seven New Mexico small rural hospitals have joined together to form the New Mexico Rural Hospital Network and have received a federal planning grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help with the initiative. The grant was awarded through a highly competitive process to only 15 groups in the country. The Network […]

Big Give brings Cannon, local community together

By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections About 100 Cannon Air Force Base airmen and family members spent April in the community working in hospitals, nursing homes, animal shelters, cleaning graffiti and more. The community service is part of the Big Give project. The project is a way for airmen to be involved in the community, Project […]

PRMC provides region’s sole obstetrics department

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Plains Regional Medical Center has a unique distinction among the hospitals that dot eastern New Mexico and neighboring West Texas towns — they are the sole facility with an active obstetrics department. Dr. Bruce Cross, who has been practicing obstetrics in Clovis for 22 years, said that obstetrics department […]

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. […]

Blood donors in short supply

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A shortage of blood donors recently hasn’t left local hospitals lacking yet but the trend has area blood service providers concerned enough to step up their efforts. United Blood Services of Lubbock which provides blood to Portales, Clovis, Hobbs and parts of West Texas has recently gone on critical […]

Reports detail deficiencies at PRMC

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Plains Regional Medical Center officials breached federal regulations regarding administering drugs, disposal of medical waste and documenting quality control, according to a federal report issued after a February inspection of the hospital. The Clovis hospital was found to be deficient in 13 federal requirements for hospitals, according to the […]

PRMC hires administrator

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers 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, […]

Other agencies inspected PRMC

By Marlena Hartz 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 are routinely conducted […]

Cannon captain volunteers in African hospitals

Melanie Salazar Capt. Nate Ott, 523rd Fighter Squadron, took a trip overseas this summer, but didn’t spend any time lying on the beach. Capt. Ott was participating in a mission trip with Physicians Aiding Physicians Abroad (PAPA), a young organization out of Muleshoe that sends volunteers to different countries to assist their hospitals. The organization […]

BRAC could mean higher medical costs

By Tom Philpott More than 128,000 military beneficiaries taking Viagra or Cialis for erectile dysfunction likely will have to switch this fall to Levitra or face higher co-payments on their prescriptions. The Defense Department’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee will recommend in mid-July that Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., the Pentagon’s top health official, narrow the field […]

RGH diverts patients due to lack of nurses

Mike Linn Some patients seeking admission to the Roosevelt General Hospital last weekend were diverted to Clovis due to a staffing shortage of nurses. It was the first time RGH officials diverted patients since the hospital’s inception almost two years ago, according to RGH Administrator James D’Agostino. “We don’t ever want to admit a patient […]