RGH board chooses new administrator

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Freedom New Mexico Larry E. Leaming of Colorado will be the new Roosevelt General Hospital administrator, the hospital board announced Monday morning. After a brief executive session, board members voted unanimously to hire Leaming. Board President Terry Cone said Leaming’s salary will be $120,000 a year. Leaming replaces retiring Administrator James D’Agostino, who has said […]

RGH meeting canceled

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board meeting set for Tuesday night was canceled since the board finished interviewing administrator candidates ahead of schedule. The board wrapped up interviews Monday with RGH Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens and health care administrator Richard Smith of Clovis after candidate Jeff Comer Jr. of Arizona called to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Commissioners OK supplemental funding

Freedom New Mexico 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. “The government […]

RGH clinics moving closer to rural status

PNT staff The Roosevelt General Hospital Board learned Tuesday the Portales clinic is 90 days away from being able to bill as a designated rural health clinic, once Medicare and Medicaid send a billing code. The new billing number will allow the clinic to bill under the rural health clinic designation so in time they […]

Hospital sees profits

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer By Argen Duncan Roosevelt General Hospital finished the last fiscal year with a profit of more than $115,000, in spite of seeing losses in June, the chief financial officer has said. At the hospital board meeting Tuesday at RGH, hospital CFO Eva Stevens reported on the past fiscal year […]

Survey could help local medical facilities secure funding

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer After two years of working for federal reimbursement, the Roosevelt General Hospital Rural Health Clinic in Portales and RGH’s clinic in Clovis have been approved for a survey by the New Mexico License and Certification Department. If the clinics are certified as rural-based, both are likely to receive federal […]

RGH installs clearer signs

Roosevelt General Hospital recently unveiled a new addition and this one is right at the front of the building. The hospital and its adjacent clinic was adorned this week with blue-colored, white-trimmed identification over the front entrance of each in an effort to make it easier for visitors to walk into the right facility — […]

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 […]

Federal status for RGH delayed

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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 […]

RGH board eligibility questioned

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt General Hospital Board of Directors is considering a policy that would prohibit hospital employees from running for election to the board. James D’Agostino, hospital administrator, said during Tuesday’s meeting that other public entities in the county do not allow employees to run for board positions. The proposed […]

Local nurse selected as ambassador

By Celena Cordova: PNT staff writer Roosevelt General Hospital nurse Mary Russell was chosen as a delegate to attend a People to People Citizen Ambassador Program in China. Russell, a registered nurse and certified emergency nurse, has been working at RGH for nearly 27 years. “I find this an honor to be offered this kind […]

‘Superbug’ infections tracking higher at RGH

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt General Hospital staff members are increasingly concerned about the rise of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA infections, at the hospital. Director of Patient Care Gayle Richerson told RGH board members Tuesday at their regular meeting that the percentage of staph infections that turn out to be the MRSA […]

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 […]

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 […]

RGH closing in on clinic reimbursement

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter A long and tedious process that will provide federal reimbursement to Roosevelt General Hospital is close to an end says the administrator. The hospital is in the process of establishing hospital-based rural health clinics in Portales and Clovis. The two clinics are up and operating but have still not […]

Hospital board obstetrics measure fails on technicality

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A resolution presented and tabled at January’s Roosevelt General Hospital Board of Directors meeting that sought to authorize a study on adding obstetrics at the hospital died on a procedural error at the February meeting held Tuesday. After a contentious debate involving board members, staff, residents and others, a […]