Hospital board does expansion planning

By Kevin Wilson The Roosevelt County hospital board talked about the medical center’s expansion for right now and in the years ahead during Thursday’s regular meeting. Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino told the board members that work was on schedule for the medical office building, which will be located in the northeast area of […]

Hospital education program aimed at ministers

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By Darrell Todd Maurina, Freedom Newspapers Plains Regional Medical Center is offering an intensive training program to assist local pastors in doing hospital ministry. Chaplain Susan Thornton, pastoral community education coordinator at PRMC’s parent corporation, Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, said she’s been assigned to help strengthen pastoral care at the outlying hospitals of the […]

Construction to begin Monday on hospital addition

By Tony Parra Cooper Medical Building will begin work on an addition to the medical office building on Monday, construction foreman Dan Stivers at Thursday’s Roosevelt County Special Hospital District meeting. The Roosevelt County Special Hospital District Board of Trustees approved the designs for the medical building addition. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said the plans […]

Clovis man may have suffered a heart attack

Jack King The Clovis man who was declared dead twice on Wednesday became ill at home early in the day and was transported to the hospital by ambulance, his son said Thursday. Felipe Padilla, 94, was first declared dead at Plains Regional Medical Center on Wednesday morning and his body was taken to Muffley Funeral […]

Man found alive in funeral home, but dies later at hospital

Darrell Todd Maurina CLOVIS — A man declared dead at a Clovis hospital and sent to a funeral home for embalming on Wednesday morning was returned to the hospital after he took a breath. An employee of Muffley Funeral Home called 911 dispatchers when he found Felipe Padilla, 94, of Clovis, was still alive. By […]

Fire victim beats the odds

Ryan Lengerich What happened to Timothy Clem more than six years ago was a tragic accident. What has happened since then, his sister said, is a miracle. On Sept. 1, 1997, Timothy was enjoying an afternoon at Greenbelt Lake outside Clarendon, Texas, near his hometown of Amarillo. His uncle was priming a carburetor with a […]

RGH expecting— baby delivery services overdue

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Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Portales women on the verge of giving birth know the road to the delivery room. It goes about 20 miles north up a winding U.S. Highway 70 past several traffic lights and westbound to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. It’s been that way for years, […]

Program gives life to bone marrow disease patients

Tony Parra The “Give Life” program will be in full force on Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Roosevelt General Hospital in an attempt to receive donors for bone marrow transplants. The National Marrow Donor Program will work in conjunction with the Roosevelt General Hospital to interview candidates who will be asked to […]

Woman who ‘found’ baby is mother

Darrell Maurina Portales police have arrested a woman who said Sunday that she found an abandoned baby in a park. Police said Tuesday they now believe the newborn belonged to the woman who said she found it while jogging in Rotary Park near her dorm room at Eastern New Mexico University. The 18-year-old woman is […]

Nonprofit corporations optimistic on tax reform

Darrell Todd Maurina As the largest nonprofit corporation in Clovis, Plains Regional Medical Center might have lost millions of dollars if a state blue ribbon tax reform commission recommendation had gone differently, hospital officials say. Hospital administrator Brian Bentley said he is “cautiously optimistic” that nonprofits won’t face taxation in the final version of new […]

Unrelated crashes leave one dead, 6 injured

Darrell Todd Maurina One woman died and six people were hospitalized in two unrelated car crashes late last week, officials said. Patrolman Jason Spearman of the New Mexico State Police said he arrived about 4:20 p.m. Friday at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 70 a few feet from the Curry-Roosevelt […]

Man surrenders to police after 16-day disappearnce

By Kevin Wilson Isaac Porras’ restroom break is over. The 21-year-old Clovis man was arrested June 24 on charges of filing a false report with police. Following his arrest, Porras was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital for treatment of a head wound. From there, he walked away from police custody after receiving permission to use […]

Resident dies in crash returning from hospital

Mike Linn A longtime Portales resident who had just completed his final radiation treatment for cancer died in a car wreck on his way home from the hospital Wednesday afternoon. James Wood, 75, died when the car his son was driving collided with a truck at 3:33 p.m. (MDT) about nine miles west of Muleshoe […]

South County News, June 25

By Charlie Carmichael Mother Nature was up to old tricks again last week in South County. Arch, Causey and the Garrison-Richland areas were especially hit hard. Several farmers had sprinklers overturned and some destroyed. These were all on the irrigated fields. The Carmichaels saw a funnel in the air over the field just west of […]

South County News, May 28

By Charlie Carmichael Weather report Rain is the big blessed news throughout our area. It scattered so far and varied from sprinkle to about an inch in the Causey, Milnesand and Garrison areas. The Arch vicinity fared better. There was a lot of hail on Saturday evening south of the old Garrison store. Weldon Carmichael […]

Elida News, May 21

By Nita Thurman Birthdays (May 24-30) Christy West, Walter Hays, Connie Ford, Wayne Harris, Jeff Graves, Cory Baca, Fannie B. Nuckols, Stormy King and Brandi Moore. Anniversaries (May 24-30): Mrs. and Mrs. Troyce Boone, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Roberts and Mr. and Mrs. Bud Bilberry. Obituary Biddie Murrell Archer’s daughter, Charlice Joy Beard Shumater, 63, […]

Letters to The Editor

So New Mexico Democrats question the Bush administration’s evidence against Iraq do they? I wonder why? The Democrats voted for the war resolution because of polls. They turned against it when foreign leftists screamed in the streets. They were for the war when it was a brilliant success. And now that it is making hay […]

New regulation may protect patients

By Mike Linn A new federal regulation allowing patients to choose who can receive medical updates on their condition is keeping medical records clerks and other health care employees in the safeguard mode. The privacy rules, in place as of April 14, prohibit disclosure, without patient permission, of any information regarding the patient. “Your mother […]