Aug. 31, 2008 Births

Tabor Tae Wayne Tabor and Julieana Michelle Tabor were born June 18, 2008, to Ben and Veronica Tabor at University Medical Center in Lubbock. He weighed 3 pounds, 12 ounces. She weighed 4 pounds, 3 ounces. Grandparents are Brian and Zoe Ann Tabor of Elida and Frank and Wanda Levacy of Portales. Great-grandparents are Mike […]

Military medical coverage frustrating lately

By Anita Doberman I wish that I had something good to say about my experience with Tricare and military medicine, but today I don’t. While I am fully aware that there are plenty of excellent physicians and medical professionals who do a great job taking care of their patients, I feel disappointed and frustrated with […]

Bees set up shop at clinic

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer A portion of the Portales Medical Clinic at 320 South Ave. — including the main entrance — was closed about 8 a.m. Monday after a colony of bees was discovered, according to officials. Officials were concerned the insects could be Africanized honey bees, although that has not been confirmed, […]

Bees a threat to Portales medical clinic

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A portion of the Portales Medical Clinic at 320 South Ave. — including the main entrance — was closed about 8 a.m. today after a colony of bees was discovered, according to officials. Officials are concerned the insects could be Africanized honey bees, although that has not been confirmed, […]

Birth: Zupancic

Julia Marie Zupancic was born May 23, 2008, to Steven and Laura Zupancic of Lubbock at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She weighed 8 pounds. Grandparents are Tom ans Susan Williams of Midland, Texas, and James and Isabel Zupancic of Portales.

Birth: Thomas

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Landri Ella Thomas was born May 6, 2008, to Don and Suzanne Thomas of Portales at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Grandparents are Leroy and Gaynelle Thomas of Portales and Don and Julie Nickles of Nampa, Idaho.

Squadron takes team approach to medical care

By Sarah Meyer: Cannon Connections CANNON AIR FORCE BASE —The 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medical Squadron takes a team approach to operational medicine with five divisions that all work together. Those divisions include flight medicine, public health, bioenvironmental engineering, optometry and dental. Lt. Col. Jimmie D. Bailey II serves as commander of the 27th Special […]

Wounded troops not getting trauma pay

By Tom Philpott Too many severely injured troops and their families haven’t been getting the bedside help they need in preparing applications to qualify for up to $100,000 in traumatic injury insurance. But that is going to change, says Army Col. John Sackett. Sackett heads the Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) branch within the […]

Dec. 11, 1953

• Dr. H.T. Brasell, chief of staff at Roosevelt General Hospital was preparing to host 22 area doctors in the Roosevelt-Curry County Medical Society for a chicken fry. Brasell raised and fried the fowl himself. • The Greyhound basketball team was on a five-game slide as they dropped a game to Westminister College in Wilmington, […]

Veteran helps those in need

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico James Freeman calls it his “Aid to the Disabled Program.” “James originally started the program to collect medical equipment for disabled veterans,” said Keith Barker acting exalted ruler for the Elks Lodge 1244, which helps sponsor Freeman’s efforts. Freeman has been collecting, repairing and distributing medical equipment that has […]

Officials: Area not yet hit by flu

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer So far this fall, area doctors and medical officials are seeing patients for a variety of illnesses but they say the flu itself hasn’t hit eastern New Mexico. “The flu season has not yet hit New Mexico,” said Chris Minnick, regional public information officer for the New Mexico Department […]

Sept. 9 Births

Harwell David and Jaclyn Harwell of Las Cruces are the parents of a 6 pound, 15 ounce boy, Camden Reed Harwell, born July 31, 2007 at Mountainview Hospital in Las Cruces. Grandparents are Johnny and Sabrina Johnson and Jess and Judy Harwell, all of Portales. Great-grandparents are Kenneth and Nancy Williams of Portales, Samja Harwell […]

Medics keep crew in air

By Staff Sgt. Cassandra Locke: NCOIC, Public Affairs SOUTHWEST ASIA — The 379th Expeditionary Wing’s aerospace medicine team provides care for the flyers so they can stay in the fight. “We are the maintainers of the wetware that flies the hardware,” said Maj. Walter Matthews, chief of aerospace medicine for the wing. Flight surgeons are […]

Ice pops provide reprieve from heat

By 2nd Lt. George Tobias: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Airmen and the Cannon community have shipped a cool treat in the form of ice pops to the injured troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Operation ICE POP provided ice pops to patients and medical staff in deployed medical treatment facilities, […]

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 […]

Graduation prompts mixed emotions

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Eighteen-year-old senior Isaiah Dawson has faced a few challenges on his path to graduation. In four years, he had attended five different high schools, three in Albuquerque, then Clovis and Portales, he said. “I’ve just been bouncing around,” Dawson said. Dawson, along with, 141 of his Portales High School […]

Acute Care Clinic to close

By 27th Medical Group CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Effective May 29, the Acute Care Clinic will close until further notice to better manage access because of reduced staffing due to deployments and permanent changes of station. “Call-in” appointments rather than “walk-in” and wait in queue access will be implemented to meet acute care needs. […]

No cowboys at this rodeo

Tech. Sgt. Frank Deguzman uses a stethoscope to check the breathing on a victim while the rest of his team stands by with supplies waiting for the next step in helping to revive the victim. Airman Elliott Sprehe Cannon’s EMTs test their medical abilities against each other Screams filled the air as Cannon medics rushed […]

27th MDG ponies up rides, offers ‘eggs’citing day for youths

The Easter bunny takes a break from hiding eggs to help out swinging some children on the playground at Unity Park Saturday. Airman Elliott Sprehe Smiles and laughter abounded as children ranging from newborn to 12 gathered for the annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Unity Park. Sponsored by the 27th Medical Group’s Booster Club […]