Hospital administrator candidates discuss goals

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The five finalists for the opening administrator position at Roosevelt General Hospital hail from around the country, including two from the local area, and have differing types of experience. W. Jeff Commer Jr. Commer, of Tucson, Ariz., is the founder and owner of Southwest Business Facilitation LLC, which provides […]

Hospital board chooses finalists

PNT staff reports The Roosevelt General Hospital Board chose five finalists to possibly replace retiring administrator James D’Agostino in executive session Tuesday night at the hospital. Finalists are: • RGH Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens of Portales • Richard L. Smith of Clovis • Larry Leaming of Colorado • James Faulwell of Minnesota • Jeff […]

Fire chief leaving for new position with hospital

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer After nearly 21 years serving Portales and surrounding townships, Portales Fire Chief John Bridges is retiring to take on another role in helping the community. Tuesday night, Bridges’ intentions to retire Nov. 27 were announced at the city council meeting in City Hall. Bridges has accepted a position with […]

Police investigating pedestrian’s death

Freedom New Mexico Portales police released new details Monday about the death of 71-year-old Gloria Ann Inge, killed after being struck by a pickup truck while crossing a city street. Inge was hit Friday by a 16-year-old driver at Second and Abilene streets. Inge was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital and later airlifted to a […]

Hospital auxiliary news

The Oct. 21 meeting of the Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary took place in the Conference Room at RGH with President Sid Phillips presiding. A thank-you letter from Home Health Care for providing a walker for their use for patients was read. Discussions of several items for purchase were introduced, some were tabled, and actions were […]

Flu clinic’s hours varying

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Physicians Clinic is asking people to call ahead because the hours have changed for the flu clinic due to a decrease of patients and fewer available staff members because some have flu-like symptoms, according to information from the hospital. The number of patients with flu-like symptoms has decreased […]

RGH looking to replace retiring administrator

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt General Hospital Board is looking into the many ways available to find a replacement for retiring Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino. Covenant Health System has already posted the announcement for the position on its Web site, and the hospital is posting it internally for the staff to consider. At […]

Student struck by car in PHS parking lot

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A Portales High School senior was hospitalized with a possible broken arm Thursday after she was hit by a car driven by a fellow student in the school parking lot. The 18-year-old female was taken to the hospital for a possible broken arm, and was later transported to Lubbock […]

TRICARE fee increases blocked

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The last decision made by House-Senate conferees negotiating final details on a fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill was to insert language that will rollback an announced Oct. 1 increase in fees charged to TRICARE Standard beneficiaries for stays in civilian hospitals. The surprise fee increases, reported here last week, gave […]

RGH sets up flu screening unit

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer High numbers of patients with flu-like symptoms and concern about the H1N1 virus have prompted Roosevelt General Hospital to set up a special triage unit in the parking lot. A spokesperson for the Portales hospital said the unit that started functioning Thursday is an attempt to separate possible flu […]

RGH administrator announces plans to retire

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino has announced that he will retire on Jan. 2, 2010, so he and his wife can spend more time with their grandchildren. The RGH board met Wednesday after a meeting two weeks ago was re-scheduled. During the meeting, Chairman Terry Cone read D’Agostino’s […]

Poster contest closed to public

Freedom New Mexico Because of increased cases of influenza-like illness, Roosevelt General Hospital has decided not to allow the public to judge posters created by Portales sixth-graders in honor of Infection Control Week, said Director of Marketing Gay Weese. In order to keep the flu from spreading, people are discouraged from coming to the hospital […]

10-4 Engagements

Lemier-Urias Jim and Sharon Lemier of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Donna Lemier of Portales to Andrew Urias, of Portales, son of Efren and Perci Urias of Portales. The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m., on Nov. 7, 2009 at Central Christian Church in Portales. A reception will follow […]

Clovis hospital warns of security breach

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo A server containing information for about 7,600 Plains Regional Medical Center mammography patients was hacked two years ago in North Carolina, exposing Social Security numbers and other private data. Although a server containing information for about 7,600 Plains Regional Medical Center mammography patients was hacked two years ago in North […]

PRMC learns of computer breach

Freedom New Mexico Although a server containing information for about 7,600 Plains Regional Medical Center mammography patients was hacked two years ago in North Carolina, the hospital administrator expects no ill consequences. Administrator Hoyt Skabelund said the hospital was notified Sept. 24 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which developed the software PRMC […]

Commission approves hospital money

PNT Staff Reports Roosevelt County Commissioners approved supplemental funding for the Roosevelt General Hospital during a special meeting Wednesday at the county courthouse. RGH Administrator James D’Agostino said with the supplemental sole community provider program, the county sends money to the state, which handles the paperwork, and the federal government provides a match.

Hospital board meeting rescheduled

The Roosevelt County Hospital Board was unable to hold a meeting on Tuesday due to not having a quorum. The board plans to reschedule the meeting for another day or next week, as schedules permit. At that time, the board will hear the budget report, final budget for the fiscal year of 2009-10, staff report […]

TRICARE Prime: Move or lose it

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Retired Navy Corpsman Lloyd Tilch Sr., his wife Debbie and their chronically-ill son Cody pulled up roots last month in Blythe, Calif. They moved into a rented house 110 miles away, near to the Marine Corps base hospital at Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Tilch family had to move — and […]

Hospital board to discuss red flag rule

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt General Hospital board is scheduled to discuss a “red flag rule” dealing with the security of personal information during the meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the hospital conference room. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said the red flag rule is a new federally mandated regulation dealing with procedures for hospitals […]

Tanker accident closes highway; one killed in weekend accident

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In a 24-hour period, police said, three serious vehicle crashes in Curry County resulted in one death, multiple injuries and a 6,000-gallon asphalt spill. A 25-year-old Clovis man killed Sunday night on N.M. 467 has been identified as Jose Gutierrez-Becerra. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said other occupants of […]