2-8-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: Lupe Garcia Job: Patient advocate, La Casa Family Health Center Time on job: Three years Background: Graduated from Portales High School. Previously worked for Portales Schools and at various daycare centers before coming to La Casa. Job description: I do all the vital signs on patients and work them up and get them ready […]

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 […]

Roosevelt General Hospital expands services offered

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital has entered into a contract with the Speech and Language Clinic at Eastern New Mexico University in an effort to provide diagnostic and rehabilitative services for inpatient and outpatients. “They approached us with a very, very positive program,” Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said during Tuesday’s RGH […]

Hospital installing MRI machine

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital has upgraded their technology and equipment with the recent arrival of a magnetic resonance imager (MRI) machine. “It’s called a Vantage. It’s state of the art to produce high resolution images for doctors,” said Robert Schneider, senior customer engineer for Toshiba. Equipped with silent technology, the […]

Hospital gains new staff

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A new doctor and a new director of cardiopulmonary services were introduced at Tuesday’s monthly Roosevelt General Hospital Board meeting. Monica Panwar will specialize in internal medicine and infectious diseases while Alex Wynn replaces John Bridges director of cardiopulmonary services. Bridges was appointed Portales Fire Department chief. Also, Doyle […]

Supreme Court should overturn drug decision

Editorial The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit apparently believes that bureaucracies can and do have power so absolute that they trump the traditional right of free people to control their own bodies and try to protect their own lives. If that’s not the case, it’s difficult to see how the court […]

Emergency room forced to close for shift

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital’s emergency room was closed and patients were diverted to Clovis for a time Tuesday night and Wednesday morning because the contract doctor was unable to work his shift. RGH Administrator James D’Agostino said an ER doctor was unavailable for a single 12-hour shift and patients were […]

It’s their Job: Bill Rice

PNT staff Name: Bill Rice Job: Cardiac Rehab Director at Roosevelt General Hospital Time on the job: Five years, on board since before the hospital opened. Background: Started working as an orderly in 1978, has been a nurse since 1984. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. “My job is an interesting job. I get […]

Woman finds happiness in cooking

PNT Staff Editor’s Note: It’s Their Job is a new feature of the Portales News-Tribune that will run every Tuesday and Friday. It will feature a local person and the job they do. To suggest a person or job for this feature call Casey Peacock at 356-4481, ext 35 or e-mail casey_peacock@link.freedom.com. Name: Pam Bernier […]

Meetings Watch: Roosevelt General Hospital

The Roosevelt General Hospital meet for their monthly meeting on Friday in the hospital board room. • Financial reports show RGH is under budget for the past two quarters. • The RGH board approved three new policy and procedure manuals for various departments within the hospital. • 750 patients were seen in the Emergency Room […]

Meetings Watch:Roosevelt General Hospital Board

The Roosevelt General Hospital Board held their monthly meeting on Tuesday. The following items were discussed during the meeting: • The hospital showed a profit of $205,000 for the month of March • The hospital is working with other local agencies to provide quick transport for psychiatric patients to the proper facilities for treatment. • […]

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. […]

Flu-like symptoms on rise

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The number of patients being treated for flu-like symptoms has almost doubled in recent weeks, according to area health officials. In response, the New Mexico Department of Health has organized several flu shot clinics, according to a press release. “We’ve seen a big increase … (with patients ranging) from 6 […]

The craft of caring

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Two groups of Portales High School students have banded together to help local cancer patients’ struggle with the disease a little bit easier. According to Debbie Stenstrom, Family Career and Community Leaders of America teacher at PHS, students in her Clothing Construction and Costume Design class have taken the […]

Medical group changes location, adds staff

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By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer RGH Internal Medicine Group moved their office to a new location adjacent to the east side of Roosevelt General Hospital this last weekend and has added a nurse practitioner. Gail Gutierrez, CFNP, CDE grew up in the Waco area and graduated from the University of Texas. Gutierrez has practiced […]

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 […]

Learning your ABZ’s

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers By Marlena Hartz marlena_hartz@link.freedom.com He swings the door open to reveal an immaculate room. Not a crumb on the carpet, not a stain on the nightstand, not a wrinkle on the floral bedspread. Makes sense. After all, this is a laboratory. Bryan Ellis is a registered sleep therapist. He is […]

RGH shows profitable month

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer At the Roosevelt General Hospital board meeting on Tuesday Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens informed board members revenues were up for inpatient care which is above average for the months of June and July. Stevens said outpatient totals were down from previous months but still up considerably over the […]

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 […]

RGH looks to locals to fill nursing jobs

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital board members approved donation of $15,000 from the hospital’s general budget to a scholarship fund being administered by Eastern New Mexico University Foundation for local nursing and social services students. The RGH board members made the approval during a board meeting Tuesday. James D’Agostino said he […]