Hospital board to dicsuss election

PNT staff The Roosevelt General Hospital board is to hear about its annual election of officers and recruitment at the hospital-based rural health clinic during its meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the hospital conference room. The agenda also includes the annual review of policies and procedures dealing with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability […]

Competition keeps health costs down

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Canada health system endless wait for some

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Press Release: Portales nurse earns top award

Carol Morgan, RN, nurse manager for the New Mexico Department of Health in Portales, received the Excellence in Public Health/Community/School Nursing award, presented by ITT Technical Institute at the 2009 Nursing Excellence Awards.

Consumers keep health care thriving

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

House passes landmark health care bill

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed landmark health care legislation Saturday night to expand coverage to tens of millions who lack it and place tough new restrictions on the insurance industry. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous. The 220-215 vote cleared the way […]

Health not found behind club doors

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist There’s only one word to describe Old Stub — weatherbeaten. He got his name years ago when a coyote played dead till he got to him and then bit off the end of one finger. Stub’s blue eyes have faded from looking at the sky for rainclouds, and his skin […]

Community clinics seeing wave of new patients

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The recession is causing more people in the area to turn to taxpayer-supported health centers that provide care on a sliding fee scale. An influx of new patients has already hit the only federally qualified clinic in Clovis and Portales. La Casa Family Health Center Chief Executive Officer Seferino […]

Health care provider preparing for flu surge

The New Mexico Department of Health is warning local health care providers to look for a surge in flu cases in upcoming weeks, including the H1N1 strain. Director of Marketing for Roosevelt General Hospital Gay Weese said the surge is normal for flu season. “Flu season works in waves,” she said. “We’ve seen a decrease […]

Government only drives up reform costs

Freedom New Mexico Finally ending what has been one of the more excruciating legislative episodes in recent history, the Senate Finance Committee has approved the Baucus bill. It happened after months of debate and negotiation on health care legislation. Now the real battles can begin. The Baucus bill, named for committee chairman Max Baucus of […]

TRICARE increase stuns retirees

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Defense health officials didn’t do the Obama administration any favor last week when they announced a “small” increase in the daily fee that military retirees under 65, their families and covered survivors must pay for inpatient care in civilian hospitals under TRICARE Standard starting Oct. 1. The jump, in fact, […]

Officials say it took a week to confirm H1N1 death

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health waited a week to disclose a Roosevelt County baby died of the H1N1 virus because it took that long to confirm through testing, a department spokesman said Friday. Chris Minnick, regional public information officer for the agency, said the baby girl died Sept. […]

Senior center hosting health fair

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A free health fair next Thursday is a first for the Portales Senior Citizens Center. Organizers hope it gives the community and senior citizens a chance to talk to a certified dietary manager, have their blood pressure checked, hearing aids checked and more. Director of the Senior Center Dawn […]

Chili cook-off benefits Roosevelt County Health Council

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Cooks, get out your chili powder and heat up the stove. Chili fans, grab a spoon and a glass of milk to cool your tongue. The Portales Senior Citizens Inc. annual Chili Cook-off Contest is back. The fundraiser lets local chefs enter their chili for judging. Then, chili fans […]

Panel offers health care reform opinions

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Local health care experts offered their take on health care reform Thursday and no one offered any easy or simple answers. Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino, La Casa Health Center CEO Seferino Montano, ENMU economics professor Michael Snipes and Chris Simons, an insurance executive from Artesia, offered their […]

ENMU mixes health and music

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University students get the chance to rock out on the Dallan Sanders Patio tonight, play games and win prizes, all while learning about health. For the concert, the Associated Students Activities Board and Health Services have teamed up to help students learn about sexually transmitted diseases, […]

Obama should aim to reduce health costs

Freedom New Mexico Team Obama didn’t need this, but it’s important for the rest of us to know, especially as we listen to his address to Congress on health care, scheduled today. President Obama’s plans to increase the national government’s responsibility and power over health care have had a rough time of it this summer. […]

Afghanistan could taint presidency

Freedom New Mexico Afghanistan, although slightly off the media radar as compared to town halls about health care or the death of Michael Jackson, is shaping up as having more potential to shape perceptions of President Obama’s tenure in office than any other issue. In contrast to Iraq, the president has taken possession of the […]

Child’s health more important than size

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist A few days ago, my eight year old daughter Luisa burst into tears at the mall and told me that she’s too big. Luisa knows that she’s overweight, and when she tried on some outfits at the store, none of them flattered her figure. She was crushed and through tears […]

Wind farm receives state health and safety award

Freedom New Mexico NextEra Energy Resources, located near Fort Sumner, was recognized Friday as the state’s eighth company to achieve Zia Star Voluntary Protection Program status, according to a news release from the New Mexico Environment Department. The program recognizes companies with exemplary health and safety management systems that maintain injury and illness rates below […]