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 […]