Hospital board ties feasibility study vote

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With the reorganization of the board at Roosevelt General Hospital an old argument reared its head Tuesday — the merits of offering obstetric services at the hospital. In the end, a discussion of more than two hours came down to a tie vote over whether to spend $28,000 on […]

Hospital adds trauma center designation

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital emergency room personnel say the hospital’s designation as a Level IV trauma center will standardize their operations and provide needed funding for equipment and training. “It’s really a feather in our cap,” said Dr. Matt Foster, trauma medical director at RGH. “We’re the only Level IV […]

RGH receives trauma designation

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE – Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil announced Wednesday that the New Mexico Department of Health has designated three hospitals as new trauma centers in the state: Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, Gerald Champion Medical Center in Alamogordo and Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad. With the addition of these hospitals, […]

Hospital officials talk universal health care

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital officials discussed the upcoming legislative debate over universal health care in New Mexico with board members at their regular meeting Tuesday and said the outlook wasn’t good for hospitals. Administrator James D’Agostino said he was flabbergasted by newspaper stories that Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., a group […]

12-9 Club Notes

RGH Auxiliary The Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary met in the Gift shop at Heartland Nursing Home Nov. 28. President Sid Phillips presided. The minutes of the last meeting were accepted as amended by secretary Adele Breech. Treasurer Wanda Martinez gave her report, reporting all bills are paid with a few orders not received. The Auxiliary […]

Davis wins spot on hospital board

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Peggy Davis has been declared the winner in District 3 of the Roosevelt General Hospital Board election, by a margin of 160 to 84, according to officials with the Roosevelt County Clerk’s office. “I am excited beyond words,” Davis said of her election win. In Tuesday’s election, Davis received […]

Emergency room forced to close for shift

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital’s emergency room was closed and patients were diverted to Clovis for a time Tuesday night and Wednesday morning because the contract doctor was unable to work his shift. RGH Administrator James D’Agostino said an ER doctor was unavailable for a single 12-hour shift and patients were […]

Meetings Watch: Roosevelt General Hospital

The Roosevelt General Hospital meet for their monthly meeting on Friday in the hospital board room. • Financial reports show RGH is under budget for the past two quarters. • The RGH board approved three new policy and procedure manuals for various departments within the hospital. • 750 patients were seen in the Emergency Room […]

Hospital hires new director of patient care

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Gayle Richerson has been hired as the new Director of Patient Care at Roosevelt General Hospital. The announcement was made during the monthly meeting of the board that was held on Friday. “I’m not just directing nurses, but making sure every patient gets the maximum care possible,” Richerson said. […]

Hospital explores walking trail

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital Board members gave Cardiac Rehab Manager Bill Rice, RN, approval to seek outside funding for the implementation of a walking trail that would benefit not only the hospital but the community. “There seems to be a good opportunity to improve the grounds around the hospital,” said […]

Medical group changes location, adds staff

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By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer RGH Internal Medicine Group moved their office to a new location adjacent to the east side of Roosevelt General Hospital this last weekend and has added a nurse practitioner. Gail Gutierrez, CFNP, CDE grew up in the Waco area and graduated from the University of Texas. Gutierrez has practiced […]

‘New’ RGH marks fifth anniversary

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Having reached many milestones on its journey to re-establish healthcare services in the community, Roosevelt General Hospital will be celebrating another one on Friday. The hospital will open its doors to the community to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the hospital. Roosevelt General Hospital is a short-term acute-care hospital, […]

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 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 […]

Hospital receives grant for scanner

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A full-body MRI scan of patients in Portales in time will be a 24-7 option at the Roosevelt General Hospital with the help of a $1.04 million grant and loan from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman […]

RGH ready to open addition

PNT Staff The addition to Roosevelt General Hospital is scheduled to be in operation Monday, according to reports from Thursday’s hospital board meeting. The building will include additional room for 11 physicians, medical staff and the patients. Also mentioned at the board meeting was a room for use in education programs on diabetes and ways […]

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 […]

RGH employees pick new health plan

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County General Hospital Board members decided to go in a new direction for a health care plan for employees during Thursday’s board meeting. Members decided in favor of changing to a risk management plan similar to the health care plan state policemen, school employees and employees for Roosevelt County have, according […]

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, […]