One injured in ATV accident

PNT staff Portales and Clovis paramedics responded Monday evening to an all terrain vehicle accident in the area of the Boonestroo Dairy on State Road 467. Lt. Ricky Mitchell of the Clovis Fire Department said crews could not get to the patient with an ambulance, so pick up trucks were used to get to the […]

PRMC changes visitation policy

Plains Regional Medical Center announced a new visitation policy Friday, citing efforts to help stop the spread of flu. Visitors must be at least 15 years old and all visitors will be limited to two per patient at any one time. Here are some exceptions to the age requirement for visitors age 14 or under: […]

RGH offering asthma education program

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County General Hospital is educating children ages 6-18 and adults about asthma for in-patient and out-patient care. Alex Wynn, director of cardiopulmonary department, said the community needs asthma education. “We had people coming in with asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia,” Wynn said. “Diseases that could have been avoided with […]

RGH putting focus on patient

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Mickey Winfield Roosevelt General Hospital wants to know how they’re doing — not with surgery and checkups, but with smiles and customer service. Like mixing unpleasant but necessary cough syrup with a flavored compound to help it go down easier, hospital administrators want to provide their medical care with a heavy dose of excellent customer […]

Helicopter based at area hospital

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital now has AeroCare during the day, allowing the facility to transport patients to Lubbock in a timely manner. According to RGH administrator James D’Agostino, the helicopter is based at the hospital on a temporary basis. During the day, Aerocare is on site and at night the […]

RGH paramedic receives top honors from colleagues

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Unexpectedly thrown into a dangerous situation, Shawn Varnell reacted quickly without thought to his own safety. His actions earned him statewide honors at a recent professional gathering. An emergency room paramedic at Roosevelt General Hospital, Varnell was busy taking care of patients when the flashing lights of police units […]

Hospital hires new director of patient care

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Gayle Richerson has been hired as the new Director of Patient Care at Roosevelt General Hospital. The announcement was made during the monthly meeting of the board that was held on Friday. “I’m not just directing nurses, but making sure every patient gets the maximum care possible,” Richerson said. […]

Vial can help save lives

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Saving a life and providing a sense of security are the foundation for the development of the Vial of Life program available through Wal-Mart stores. Geared toward the elderly, residents record personal information, emergency contact numbers, medical history, a medication list and other pertinent information and place it in […]

Middle man stunts health care reform

By Freedom Newspapers The 65-year history of how modern health care payment and delivery developed in America has at its center one key fact: Almost no individual pays his or her own way. From this condition, we find: that health care costs rise faster than other consumer prices; that the first question at a hospital […]

Lifesaving lift

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By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer A ride with Southwest Med Evac is not one you want to make, but according to paramedics it’s a ride that can save a life in time of medical emergency. In business since 1994, Southwest Med Evac has been servicing the local area with a fixed wing aircraft since […]

Hospital shows profit despite patient drop

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital announced a drop in patient activity for the month of September, but showed an increase in profit, according to administration officials. Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens reported at Tuesday’s board meeting that patient care for the month had dropped over the previous month, for both inpatient […]

Hospital installs new CT machine

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Healthcare is advancing rapidly in Portales with the placement of a new Computerized Tomography Imaging (CT) machine at Roosevelt General Hospital this week. According to hospital officials, the new CT machine has the ability to scan images five to 10 times faster than older machines. “Scans will be more […]

Hospital announces large August profit

PNT Staff Roosevelt General Hospital administration reported a huge profit for the month of August during the regular board meeting Tuesday. Board members also discussed improved helicoper transport service and the addition of a new MRI. The hospital announced a profit for the month of August of over $96,000. Hospital CFO Eva Stevens said the […]

Plains Regional receives citations

by Tonya Garner By Tonya Garner CNJ Staff Writer tonya_ garner@link.freedom.com  Plains Regional Medical Center has received 26 citations for violating federal regulations, according to a federal report issued after a May investigation. The extensive investigation was performed by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, a division of the U.S. Health and Human Services […]

RGH corrects accounting error from ’05

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital administrators informed the board at Tuesday’s meeting they have fixed an accounting error that began in July 2005 in which $290,000 in expenses had been charged twice. The money was charged into two separate accounts when it should have been just one, according to Chief Financial […]

Sept. 5 Dora School News

New custodian Mr. Rodney Hernandez of Portales has joined our crew of custodians at Dora. We welcome him to our school. We also want to let Wayne Smith know he is missed. Home economics The home economics class would like any scraps of clothing that can be donated to help make quilts as part of […]

RGH diverts patients due to lack of nurses

Mike Linn Some patients seeking admission to the Roosevelt General Hospital last weekend were diverted to Clovis due to a staffing shortage of nurses. It was the first time RGH officials diverted patients since the hospital’s inception almost two years ago, according to RGH Administrator James D’Agostino. “We don’t ever want to admit a patient […]

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 […]