D.C. area becoming test bed of military medical reforms

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Extraordinary steps in the evolution of military medicine are occurring in the Washington, D.C., area where new medical facilities are being built to consolidate services, and a joint command is being readied to adopt cutting-edge concepts to improve quality and efficiency of service health care. Two famed medical facilities — […]

27th Medical Group hosting open house

27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Medical Group will host its provider open house at the base clinic today from 5-7 p.m. Those attending the event will include senior medical administrators from Plains Regional Hospital in Clovis and Roosevelt Hospital in Portales, as well as network providers, dentists and public health professionals from […]

March 17, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: four Electronic medical records bill heads to governor The House has approved a measure that would allow patients and doctors to chose to use electronic medical records. Under the measure (SB 278), which is now headed to Gov. Bill Richardson’s desk, patients would re-consent annually to have their information available electronically. […]

March 13 Commander's Action Line

I am concerned with the lack of appointments, can you help? Thank you for bringing your appointment access issues to our attention. Continuity of care and access for acute needs, especially in our pediatric population, are both challenges we are actively addressing. Since August, 2008 (and even before), we have been in constant communication with […]

Melrose man accused of abusing 3-month-old baby

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 25-year-old Melrose man is in jail, accused of abusing his baby daughter after a medical examination last week revealed the infant had numerous broken bones. Phillip Holmes is charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, a first-degree felony. He is being held at the Curry County […]

Medical e-records bill clears Senate

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican After trying for three legislative sessions, Sen. Peter Wirth was able Tuesday to get a majority of state senators to agree to a measure allowing patients and doctors to use electronic medical records. Under the proposal, patients could opt to have their records made available electronically to doctors they […]

Cannon airmen deliver valentines to veterans

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Staff Sgt. Christopher Sanderfur, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, righ, poses with a veteran for a photo during the Valentines for Veterans visit on Feb. 13. By Senior Airman Thomas Trower: 27th SOW Public Affairs Veterans of World War II through the Vietnam War were joined by […]

Editorial: DEA should cease medical marijuana raids

During the presidential campaign President Obama was asked several times what his attitude would be toward federal Drug Enforcement Agency raids on medical marijuana patients and medicine providers. Many believe these raids are calculated to undermine the laws of the 13 states that allow patients with a physician’s recommendation to use marijuana medicinally. On every […]

Jan. 30, 1946

Lt. Col. A. D. Tuttle was planning to reopen his medical office in Portales after serving 45 years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, a year of which he served in New Guinea.

Jan. 16 Cannon Community

Medical group closure — The 27th Medical Group will be closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr holiday. For care during this time, call 784-APPT (2778) for an on-call provider. Trash pickup — There will be no trash collection on Monday.

Medical examiner searching for links between infection victims

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Health investigators probing three Curry County cases involving an invasive bacteria have found no direct connection between the victims, according to an epidemiologist with the state health department. Wednesday, the New Mexico Health Department announced that two Curry County residents — a 23-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man — […]

Crash on Hondo street

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A motor vehicle accident that occured on Hondo Street involved a small child, according to Clovis Police Department Lt. Douglas Ford. The child was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center. The department’s crash team was called to the scene. Police said Friday night they didn’t know the identity or condition of the child.

First local baby born in 2009

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Sherry, Shawn and Landen Stewart, left to right, of Portales welcomed a new addition to their family Thursday. Lexi Peyton Stewart was the first baby born in 2009 at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born at 8:20 a.m. Thursday. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces.

It’s Their Job: Joel Sievers

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Joel Sievers Job: Sports medicine physician Background: Sievers attended college in Nebraska and went to medical school at Texas Tech University. Time on job: Six and one-half years What does your job entail? We evaluate and treat patients with traumatic and overuse physical injures, although we still do a little […]

Birth: Bailee Lunsford

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Bailee Dawn Morris Lunsford was born Nov. 27, 2008, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, to Bobby Troy Lunsford and Stacy Morris of Portales.She weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces.Grandparents are Bob and Stephanie Lunsford of Edgewood and Richard and Vickie Ferguson of Portales.Great-grandparents are Ann Coss of Moriarty, Kenneth and Evelene Moore and Jewel […]

Auxiliaries tackle tasks in colorful way

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The women are known as Pink Ladies. The men Red Coats. They volunteer to man the gift shops, front desks, rock babies in the nurseries, make runs for doctors and other errands needed by hospital staff. The Roosevelt General Hospital and Plains Regional Medical Center’s auxiliary stand out at […]

Medical history vital information to election voters

Freedom New Mexico One dispiriting aspect of this endless presidential campaign has been the reluctance of the nominees of the major parties to provide anything resembling adequate information about their health and their medical histories. Being president of the United States is a physically demanding and stressful job (in part because we seem to expect […]

Airmen, families run for a cause

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James R. Bell Participants head down Perimeter Road during the 5K run. They wore pink ribbons in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Airmen and their families participated in a Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run hosted by the 27th Special Operations Services Squadron on Oct. 16. Prizes were awarded […]

Rodeo wranglers answer EMT call

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Danielle Martin Airman 1st Class Brian Fox, left, 27th SOMOS, Staff Sgt. Joanna Siavii, center, 27th SOAMS, and Airman 1st Class Dena Olson, 27th SOMDOS, try to stabilize a “gunshot” victim in a mock trauma assessment during the Emergency Medical Technician R By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW […]

Commentary: TRICARE medical program appreciated

By Maj. Ross Whitmore: 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron I have often said the best two decisions I’ve made in my life were marrying my wife Rachel, and joining the United States Air Force. I never knew how these two choices would one day affect my family. After 11 years in the Air Force […]