Hospital board obstetrics measure fails on technicality

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A resolution presented and tabled at January’s Roosevelt General Hospital Board of Directors meeting that sought to authorize a study on adding obstetrics at the hospital died on a procedural error at the February meeting held Tuesday. After a contentious debate involving board members, staff, residents and others, a […]

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 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 […]

County commissioners approve fund increase

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners gave approval for a 4 percent increase in its matching funds for the Sole Community Provider/Indigent Funds program to Roosevelt General Hospital officials at their regular meeting Tuesday. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino and RGH Business Office Manager John Murray told commissioners the increase was based on […]

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 […]

Hospital installing MRI machine

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital has upgraded their technology and equipment with the recent arrival of a magnetic resonance imager (MRI) machine. “It’s called a Vantage. It’s state of the art to produce high resolution images for doctors,” said Robert Schneider, senior customer engineer for Toshiba. Equipped with silent technology, the […]

Hospital gains new staff

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A new doctor and a new director of cardiopulmonary services were introduced at Tuesday’s monthly Roosevelt General Hospital Board meeting. Monica Panwar will specialize in internal medicine and infectious diseases while Alex Wynn replaces John Bridges director of cardiopulmonary services. Bridges was appointed Portales Fire Department chief. Also, Doyle […]

Hospital working to address ER staffing problems

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital administrator James D’Agostino told hospital board members he is making a vigorous review of the hospital’s emergency room physician contract services after problems last week. D’Agostino said he made the decision to go on diversion (refer emergency room patients) to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis […]

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 […]

Hospital shocked to learn of lawsuit for contract physician

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor An emergency room doctor with a multi-million dollar lawsuit hanging over his head worked briefly at Roosevelt General Hospital, administrator James D’Agostino said on Monday. Dr. Theodore Collins worked “a couple of shifts” in RGH’s ER as a contract physician until the administration became aware of the lawsuit, D’Agostino […]

Hospital board sees updated plans

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital is seeing some new changes on the horizon as evidenced by the steps taken by board members and administration Thursday during the monthly board meeting. Hospital administrator James D’Agostino presented an updated set of plans for expansion, which include a new emergency room, private patient rooms, […]

Holiday decor

Freedom Newspapers Holiday traditions don’t just happen — they take planning and hard work. Members of the Altrusa Club of Portales say the club has been working for months to make sure a nine-year holiday tradition turns out festive and fun for everyone. The organization is sponsoring the 9th annual Holiday Happening from 10 a.m. […]

Hospital shows profit despite patient drop

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital announced a drop in patient activity for the month of September, but showed an increase in profit, according to administration officials. Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens reported at Tuesday’s board meeting that patient care for the month had dropped over the previous month, for both inpatient […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 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 adding new MRI

By William P. Thompson Patient care at Roosevelt General Hospital will get a boost in the near future as the hospital district’s board recently approved setting aside $1.1 million in grant and loan money toward the purchase of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine and a Computerized Tomography(CT) machine. The hospital’s administrator, James D’Agostino, said […]

Confusion over new Medicare plan common

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By Kevin Wilson With the startup of the new Medicare prescription drug program, a nationwide problem seems to be consumer confusion. However, locals familiar with health care are optimistic that the program will eventually be an improvement over previous prescription programs. The program, which began on Jan. 1, requires people to choose from among dozens […]