Roosevelt General Hospital expands services offered

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Roosevelt General Hospital has entered into a contract with the Speech and Language Clinic at Eastern New Mexico University in an effort to provide diagnostic and rehabilitative services for inpatient and outpatients.

“They approached us with a very, very positive program,” Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said during Tuesday’s RGH Board meeting.

The program will be channeled through the physical therapy department and involves five therapists from ENMU, who will provide the necessary services needed by patients, according to D’Agostino.

“They can offer a very broad array of therapies,” D’Agostino said.

Based on the ENMU campus, the clinic will serve as a satellite clinic for the hospital. The agreement will open the clinic to the community, said Nicole Bougie, clinic supervisor.

“We can see adults and kids for speech, language and hearing evaluation and therapy,” Bougie said.

Children with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome among others, can be seen by the licensed speech and language therapists. Adults who have suffered from a head injury, stroke or voice problems are also eligible for clinical services, Bougie said.

“We wanted to be able to provide therapy services to the community,” Bougie said of the contract.

The clinic accepts insurance, Medicaid or Medicare from patients who have been referred by the hospital, Bougie said.

“We’re trying to complete a multidisciplinary team at the hospital,” Bougie said.

In other business

• Director of patient care Gayle Richerson reported during the month of September 108 patients were treated in the Emergency Room. Of those, 79, were admitted, 55 were transported to other facilities. Ninety-eight patients were admitted in the med-surg unit and 11 patients were admitted in the Intensive Care Unit.

• The Hospital Based Rural Health Care clinics are open in Portales and Clovis and are awaiting scheduled dates for inspection.

• D’Agostino announced that Hospital Board elections were coming up in the near future and Boyd Evans and Peggy Davis were running for the District 3 position and Fred Anthony was running unopposed in the District 4 position.