My turn: What happens in Clovis stays in Clovis

On Thursday, I turned 29 again. Now comes the annual trauma of dreading the big 3-0. Brain cells are disappearing fast. Until I received her card, I forgot it was my twin sister’s birthday. I thought the green cake at work was for Earth Day. Buddies Doc Elder, John Kirby and Mike Maguire eased the […]

Business feature: Open house highlights new chopper

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Showing onlookers a compartment barely the size of a walk-in closet, Bruce Mitchell explained how the small area becomes a functional medical unit while at the same time, flying patients to trauma centers. Mitchell, a registered nurse and AeroCare crew member, said Wednesday the opportunity to speak and show […]

Mental trauma not included in casualty count

By Tom Philpott Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, charged Bush administration officials Wednesday with continuing to downplay the mental trauma and brain injuries suffered by veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Filner said an April RAND Corp. study — “Invisible Wounds of War — Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, […]

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, […]