Hospital installs new CT machine

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Healthcare is advancing rapidly in Portales with the placement of a new Computerized Tomography Imaging (CT) machine at Roosevelt General Hospital this week. According to hospital officials, the new CT machine has the ability to scan images five to 10 times faster than older machines. “Scans will be more […]

Learning your ABZ’s

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers By Marlena Hartz marlena_hartz@link.freedom.com He swings the door open to reveal an immaculate room. Not a crumb on the carpet, not a stain on the nightstand, not a wrinkle on the floral bedspread. Makes sense. After all, this is a laboratory. Bryan Ellis is a registered sleep therapist. He is […]

RGH shows profitable month

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer At the Roosevelt General Hospital board meeting on Tuesday Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens informed board members revenues were up for inpatient care which is above average for the months of June and July. Stevens said outpatient totals were down from previous months but still up considerably over the […]

RGH corrects accounting error from ’05

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital administrators informed the board at Tuesday’s meeting they have fixed an accounting error that began in July 2005 in which $290,000 in expenses had been charged twice. The money was charged into two separate accounts when it should have been just one, according to Chief Financial […]

RGH looks to locals to fill nursing jobs

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital board members approved donation of $15,000 from the hospital’s general budget to a scholarship fund being administered by Eastern New Mexico University Foundation for local nursing and social services students. The RGH board members made the approval during a board meeting Tuesday. James D’Agostino said he […]

Roosevelt General Hospital coming up on 5-year anniversary

By Tony Parra Roosevelt General Hospital could soon offer a wellness program for the Portales/Clovis area, according to James D’Agostino, RGH administrator. Roosevelt General Hospital staff, administrators and board members will be celebrate the fifth year anniversary of the hospital at its new location in August. Discussion Tuesday during a RGH Board meeting centered around […]

Prevention noted as key to knee health

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer According to medical professionals in Portales knee problems are among the most painful and debilitating ailments one can suffer. Knee surgery or special braces aren’t always the best solution. Just because someone may have a knee injury, doesn’t necessarily mean that person will need surgery. Joel Sievers, M.D. with […]

Bacas mark 15 years in pharmacy

By Tony Parra The Bacas are hoping for continued success in their business, Village Pharmacy in Portales as it enters it’s 15th year of operation. Victor Baca, pharmacist and co-owner of Village Pharmacy opened the business in 1991. A family-run business, his wife Linda Baca is in charge of the bookkeeping and the Baca’s son, […]

Ingle, Gardner support medical marijuana bill

By Andy Jackson For the sixth time in his legislative career, Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, voted in favor of medical marijuana, he said. The bill to legalize the controlled distribution of marijuana to terminally ill patients with AIDS, cancer and some other illnesses, is something Ingle, along with the governor, other legislators and the Curry […]

Senate panel OKs marijuana bill

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — Medical marijuana advocates have cleared the first hurdle in an uphill effort to get a bill through both houses of the Legislature during this year’s short session. The Senate Public Affairs Committee — the first of two Senate panels assigned to review it — endorsed the measure unanimously on […]

Medical marijuana on session agenda

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he will put medical marijuana legislation on the agenda of the 30-day session. The governor had been hesitant to do so, saying the agenda for the short session was already packed and the bill was controversial. But on Wednesday he said, “This issue is […]

RGH to ask for $1.1 million intensive care unit

By Tony Parra Tuesday was the start of the 2006 legislative session and hospital officials want a portion of the excess amount of capital outlay revenue for an intensive care unit. Monday was the first day of the 30-day session, which with the help of oil and gas revenues, has created the largest surplus in […]

Local lady discovers ailments by looking into others eyes

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Her home, even from the outside, bears signs of her faith: A stone statue of the Virgin Mary on the porch, a copy of the Ten Commandments in the yard. The theme continues inside. And also with her words. “The human body is a miracle. … God, as the Bible says, […]

Med Group to offer Acute Care Walk-in Service

Courtesy of the 27th Medical Group The 27th Medical Group is pleased to announce the launch of its new Acute Care Walk-in Service on Monday. This service is for beneficiaries enrolled in Family Practice and will be open Monday through Friday. Check-in times Monday through Thursday will be from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from […]

Cannon clinic career field celebrates joint service history

Amn. Thomas Trower, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Thursday marked the beginning of Physician Assistant Week, commemorating a profession that began almost 40 years ago. On Oct. 6, 1967 the first physician assistant (PA) class graduated from Duke University. The class was comprised of Navy corpsman that served in Vietnam. The curriculum was based on […]

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 […]

Proof of humanity required, no contact necessary

by Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist I had to provide proof the other day that I am a human being — and to a machine of all things. I was sending out e-mails for a class project to people — you know, those real-life, in the flesh-and-blood creatures that have overtaken this planet. Anyway, I was […]

Hospital sees revenue slide

By Tony Parra It may be good news for Portales residents, but bad news for Roosevelt General Hospital officials, as the number of patients seen at RGH went down for November and December. Kevin Ramage, Roosevelt General Hospital chief financial officer, reported revenue and the number of patients seen for November and December were lower […]

Hospital addition to be complete soon

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt General hospital officials addressed medical concerns in the county such as the time-frame on the new medical office building addition, flu shots and hiring guidelines for nurses in Thursday’s RGH board meeting. The medical staff located in the medical office building will be making their move into the addition of […]

Hospital to introduce discount plan

By Tony Parra Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said he was excited about the idea of discount program for uninsured or underinsured patients and on Nov. 1 it will be available to RGH patients. The new discount program will offer bigger discounts and expand the financial guidelines to help more patients. D’Agostino he program […]