Proposed agency offers savings

Defense officials have asked Congress to approve a new governance structure for the military health care system that, like higher TRICARE fees, would help to curb what, for a decade, have been runaway medical costs, officials explained. The centerpiece of the plan is to elevate the TRICARE Management Activity to a more powerful Defense Health […]

Officials urge caution following rabies outbreak

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Tonjia Rolan A rabies outbreak in Eddy County has state and local health officials across eastern New Mexico urging caution. While there are no confirmed cases in Curry or Roosevelt counties so far this year, the outbreak may be related to drought conditions, according to State Public Health Veterinarian Paul Ettestad. “Drought conditions are driving […]

Their view: Health insurance does not guarantee treatment

Steve Jacob, a veteran health-care journalist, writes about a potential doctor shortage in New Mexico in coming years:

Budget may raise TRICARE costs

Out-of-pocket health care costs for military retirees and for users of the TRICARE retail pharmacy network would jump next October if Congress approves President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget request delivered last week. Annual active duty pay raises also would be impacted but not until January 2015 when raise caps would begin and last three years. […]

Religion column: Laughter good for your health

Have you ever read some of those “not meant to be funny” church bulletins? I like the one “Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands.” Or how about this one? “For those of you who have children […]

La Casa receives federal grant

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Christina Calloway The La Casa de Buena Salud health care center in Portales will receive $342,095 a year for five years as part of a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help continue delivering health care services to the Portales community, according to Sen. Jeff Bingaman, R-N.M. “Many New […]

Health department seeking Clovis man for treatment

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CNJ staff The New Mexico Department of Public Health is looking for a man it believes needs isolated medical treatment. Robert. J. Gutierrez, 45, of Clovis has been diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis with cavitary lung disease. The New Mexico Department of Public Safety issued a press release regarding Gutierrez Monday morning labeled “missing-endangered-caution person […]

La Casa to receive grant

A Portales health care center is getting grant money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human services. U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced Thursday that La Casa de Buena Salud in Portales has been awarded a $342,095 grant to help deliver health care services to the community. “Community health care centers, like La Casa de […]

Health tips featured on show

Information on diabetes and obesity, strawberries, and making polymer clay magnets will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Author and chemist, Shane Ellison will talk about diabetes and obesity as he explains that if you treat a person’s habits, you can treat his […]

Mental health needs still unmetal health needs still unmet

Despite adding billions of dollars for mental health care to Department of Veterans Affairs budgets the last four years, and the hiring of 7,000 more mental health professionals at VA clinics and hospitals, many veterans with severe combat-related stress still face long waits to get the care they need. And some VA facilities might be […]

Their view: Navigators can’t replace insurance agents

Janet Trautwein, CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters, offers this view on federal heath reform:

Local health officials offer cold and flu season advice

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Benna Sayyed Winter is right around the corner, temperatures are dropping, and the flu season is here. Essie Means, director of Barbara Ann’s Child Care Center, is at ground zero for the battle against the highly contagious respiratory infection. She said her facility sees more children age 3 and under catch a cold during flu […]

RGH celebrates anniversary with health fair

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Argen Duncan Community members took advantage of free or low-cost health screenings, physician consultations and a chance to check out a medical helicopter during the Roosevelt General Hospital Health Fair on Saturday. The fair celebrated RGH’s 10th anniversary. “I thought it was very informative,” said attendee Orlando Shelly. “I’m so glad they came out to […]

Reader-submitted content: Hospital to host health fair

Roosevelt General Hospital is hosting a free health fair Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon to celebrate the birth and first 10 years of your hospital. Adults can go to RGH and have their blood drawn through Friday and come to the health fair to pick up their results. On Saturday, they can visit with […]

Curry County celebrates Melrose health clinic opening with ribbon cutting

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Freedom New Mexico Curry County held a ribbon cutting Friday for its new health clinic in Melrose. La Casa is managing the clinic, which opened July 18 under a three-year contract with the county. There are four employees, three full-time and one part-time, on staff giving services including general medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. More […]

RGH joins rural hospital network

PNT staff Roosevelt General Hospital joined six other rural New Mexico hospitals to form the New Mexico Rural Hospital Network. They have received a federal planning grant from the Health Resources and Services to help with the initiative. “By working cooperatively and leveraging resources, we can strengthen all of our rural hospitals and improve the […]

Press release: Roosevelt General joins new hospital network

Seven New Mexico small rural hospitals have joined together to form the New Mexico Rural Hospital Network and have received a federal planning grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help with the initiative. The grant was awarded through a highly competitive process to only 15 groups in the country. The Network […]

Counties report rise in sexually transmitted diseases

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Alisa Boswell The number of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) being reported in young people in Curry and Roosevelt is above the state average and that has public health officials concerned. Specifically, Curry and Roosevelt counties rate above the state average with chlamydia, HPV and Gonorrhea, according to officials at the New Mexico Department of Health […]

Nine residents to receive rabies shots

PNT staff reports The New Mexico Department of Health is warning pet and livestock owners in Roosevelt County and the surrounding area to make sure their dogs, cats, horses and other valuable livestock get vaccinated against rabies after an unvaccinated pet dog from near Portales was attacked by an aggressive acting skunk in early July. […]

Graduations —

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Stanley [image# 1, align=right, size=medium] Stephen Eric Stanley, son of Rick and Donna Stanley of Texico, graduated from Oregon Health Science University with a degree in dentistry, and will practice in Albuquerque. He is a 1999 Texico High School graduate, and a 2003 Eastern New Mexico University graduate. He is pictured with his wife, Jennifer.