Medical e-records bill clears Senate

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican After trying for three legislative sessions, Sen. Peter Wirth was able Tuesday to get a majority of state senators to agree to a measure allowing patients and doctors to use electronic medical records. Under the proposal, patients could opt to have their records made available electronically to doctors they […]

Editorial: DEA should cease medical marijuana raids

During the presidential campaign President Obama was asked several times what his attitude would be toward federal Drug Enforcement Agency raids on medical marijuana patients and medicine providers. Many believe these raids are calculated to undermine the laws of the 13 states that allow patients with a physician’s recommendation to use marijuana medicinally. On every […]

Business Feature: Clovis chiropractor expands business to Portales

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Longtime Clovis Chiropractor Brice Crawford has opened up a branch office in Portales. The Portales location opened it doors two weeks ago. Crawford, practicing now for three years, got started seeing patients out of his home in Clovis. Why he started the business: He was being treated by a […]

Physician: Several conditions contributed to deaths

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico All three patients diagnosed with infections from a deadly invasive bacteria had other health conditions that contributed to the severity of their illness, according to a local physician. The bacteria has killed two of the three patients in Curry County — a 23-year-old pregnant woman

It’s their job: Victor Baca

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Name: Victor Baca Job: Owner and pharmacist at Village Pharmacy Background: Baca is from Portales but attended college at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Time on job: 26 years What does your job entail? I do everything from filling prescriptions accurately to counseling patients on which medications to take — both for over-the-counter […]

It’s Their Job: Joel Sievers

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Joel Sievers Job: Sports medicine physician Background: Sievers attended college in Nebraska and went to medical school at Texas Tech University. Time on job: Six and one-half years What does your job entail? We evaluate and treat patients with traumatic and overuse physical injures, although we still do a little […]

Club Notes Nov. 23

RGH Auxiliary The Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary met Nov. 19. Members were given flu shots before the meeting. The minutes were approved as read. Treasurer Wanda Martinez reported a healthy balance in the gift shop with all bills paid. Gay Weese is starting a program of giving newly-admitted patients a cup with a balloon. The […]

It’s Their Job: Gary Partin

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Gary Partin Job: Director of Home Health, a department of Roosevelt General Hospital Background: Partin graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in criminal justice and psychology. He worked at the Home Health department of Plains Regional Medical Center for seven years before coming to Portales to start […]

It’s Their Job: Charles W. Brooks

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By Chris Romero, PNT Correspondent Name: Charles W. Brooks Job: Optometrist and owner of Charles W. Brooks Optometry Background: Charles W. Brooks is from the northeast and grew up in Clovis. His frandparents homesteaded in the area.Brooks graduated from Clovis High School and then went to University of New Mexico and earned a degree in […]

New device links EMTs to lab

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital will be the first regional hospital in the Covenant Health System based in Lubbock to use new technology for the treatment of cardiac arrest patients. City of Portales ambulances that transport patients to RGH and Lubbock will soon have LIFEPAK 12 units that will be linked […]