RGH administrator announces plans to retire

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico

Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino has announced that he will retire on Jan. 2, 2010, so he and his wife can spend more time with their grandchildren.

The RGH board met Wednesday after a meeting two weeks ago was re-scheduled.

During the meeting, Chairman Terry Cone read D’Agostino’s retirement letter dated Sept. 22. Cone said it was quite a bombshell.

“My 10 years at Roosevelt General Hospital have been an incredible journey as we took a community with no hospital to a thriving complex of health care services,” D’Agostino said in his letter to the board.

D’Agostino talked about remaining in Portales or possibly moving to Roswell because he has two daughters who live there.

“As we talked, there is no hurry to leave Portales,” D’Agostino said. “As you know, when I moved back to New Mexico, my attempt was to retire here.”

The hospital will look for a replacement for D’Agostino in the near future.

In other business, the board approved the Red Flag Rule, which the federal government mandates to protect patients from identity theft. A patient has to produce two forms of identification to get medical records from the hospital.

In other business, the board:

• approved credentials of some doctors.

• heard that the hospital is still in search of a director of nurses.

• approved the policies and procedures manuals for radiology.