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Los Alamos Children’s Clinic Earns National Recognition

HEALTHCARE News:

Children’s Clinic, PA in Los Alamos was recently awarded level 3 recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, collaborative relationships. 

Children’s Clinic is the first practice in Los Alamos County to achieve such recognition.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience


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Lujan On 21st Century Cures Act

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted today in support of the 21st Century Cures Act, bipartisan legislation that encourages biomedical innovation and the development of new treatment and cures. 
 
The bill increases funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supporting awards to academic researchers at institutions across the country.
 
“This legislation is a victory for both patients and scientists. By providing a dedicated

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IRS Offers Affordable Care Act Webinars

IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  If you’re an employer or health coverage provider, you can attend a series of educational webinars this summer to help you understand the Affordable Care Act’s employer provisions and related requirements.
 
The IRS is presenting three different webinars in July that will each be repeated in August and September.
 
The IRS designed these webinars for business owners, tax managers, employee benefits managers and health coverage providers. All time listed below are Eastern Daylight Time.
 
Employer Shared Responsibility and Information

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¡Fiesta Los Alamos! Raising Funds To House Parents Of Hospitalized Children

A mother sits by her son’s bedside recently in the Hospital Infantil in Juarez, Mexico. Courtesy/Rotary STARS
 
Members of the Los Alamos Rotary STARS, along with their counterparts from the El Camino Real Rotary Club of El Paso, in front of Hospital Infantil in Juarez, Mexico. Courtesy/Rotary STARS
 

ROTARY STARS News:

No parent should ever have to sleep on the street, but that’s exactly what some of them do, while their sick and injured children are being cared for in the Hospital Infantil in Juarez, Mexico.

The first annual ¡Fiesta Los Alamos!, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, July 25 at Fuller


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Skin Care Column: Minimizing Aging Factors

Skin Care Colum
By JUNE ENGLISH and JENNIFER LINDER, M.D. (PCA)
 
Minimizing Aging Factors

Although we can’t stop the hands of time, the factors thought to be responsible for 85 percent of visible aging are largely preventable.

One of the primary offenders is UV exposure. Other forces responsible for extrinsic aging are less frequently discussed, such as pollution, sleep deprivation and smoking.

By addressing these extrinsic factors, our fight against skin aging can be more successful:

  • Pollution – Car exhaust produces copious amount of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are

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Longtime Sombrillo Nurse Anita Maes Retires

Sombrillo staff and board members celebrate the retirement of Anita Maes, center, after more than 21 years at Sombrillo. Photo by Mary Yamada

By MARY YAMADA
Los Alamos

Los Alamos Retirement Community celebrated the retirement of longtime nurse Anita Maes at a party June 30.

LARC board members and Sombrillo staff gathered together to wish her a happy retirement and thank her for her hard work. Maes began her career as an LPN in November of 1972. She has been working at Sombrillo Nursing and Rehab since April 15, 1994.

As a dedicated, hardworking nurse, she epitomized the Practical Nurse Pledge:


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Santa Fe Physician Arraigned On Federal Indictment Alleging Scheme To Defraud Programs

FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Roy G. Heilbron, 51, a cardiologist in Santa Fe, was arraigned in federal court in Albuquerque on a 24-count indictment charging him with health care fraud and wire fraud.
 
Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, announced that Heilbron entered a not guilty plea and was released on his own recognizance.
 
The indictment alleges that Heilbron, a physician licensed to practice medicine in New Mexico who specializes in cardiology, executed a scheme to defraud Medicare and other health care benefit

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Chief Stone: How The Los Alamos County Ambulance Service Works

Los Alamos County ambulance fleet. Courtesy/LAFD
 
By BENJAMIN S. STONE, NRP
Division Chief  Emergency Medical Services
Los Alamos County Fire Department
 
When someone calls 911 for a medical emergency, emergency medical technicians and paramedics respond to your call. Often, this results in an ambulance transport to the emergency room.

Such a transport raises many questions for the patient and the family. Who is in charge of determining whether the emergency trip to the hospital was necessary? Who pays for the ambulance, the crew, and the equipment during the trip to the


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Save A Life With CPR/First Aid Class At UNM-LA

Students perform CPR on dummies. Courtesy/UNM-LA
 

UNM-LA News:

There’s no better time than the present to learn to save a life.

UNM-LA Community Education is offering a one-day certification course on CPR and basic first aid called EMS 193 AED/CPR/First Aid Training, taught by Joe Candelaria, 9:30-4 p.m. Saturday, July 11 in room 612 at UNM-LA.

Candelaria is director of the UNM-LA Fire Science Program and a Los Alamos Fire Department certified instructor. The class fee is $95 and may be taken for one hour of credit.

Cardiac arrest strikes more than 300,000 people every year in the


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Brain Cancer Survivor BethAnn Telford Carries Hope With Her In Today’s Jemez Mountain Trail Races

From left, marathon runners Michelle Hall, BethAnn Telford and Sarah Domnarski visit the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters Friday to talk about the need to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer. The trio is running in today’s Jemez Mountain Trail Races. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Like hundreds of other competitors in today’s 10th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races, BethAnn Telford got up this morning, put on her running shoes and hit the trail with a couple close friends. But there’s something special about Telford. She’s

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Zia Credit Union Scholarship Winners Announced

ZCU News:

Zia Credit Union is very pleased to announce the winners of the Zia Credit Union Education Foundation Scholarship program for 2015. This year, $25,500 has been provided in scholarships to 28 members who are graduating high school from the Española, Los Alamos, Pojoaque, and surrounding communities. 

“For the past two years, we have presented the majority of our Scholarship award recipients to our members at our Annual Business Meeting. This is an exciting time for the graduates as well as their families,” Zia Credit Union President/CEO David Woodruff said, “and we hope this


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CIR Portrait Of Turkey With Authentic Turkish Buffet

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque. Courtesy/wikipedia

CIR News:

The Council on International Relations (CIR) was accepted for a sixth consecutive year to participate in the Teacher Study Tour of Turkey. 

The program will begin with a workshop scheduled


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Construction Progresses on New Nature Center; Engraved Bricks & Pavers to Display Donors’ Messages

The front view of the Los Alamos County Nature Center under construction on Canyon Road. On the right are the staff offices and towering above is the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

If you’ve driven past 2600 Canyon Road lately, you’ve probably noticed a lot of progress being made on the construction of the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.

The land has been cleared, the slab has been poured, and the building is starting to take structure. At the same time, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hard at work raising funds to outfit the new center with exhibits and gardens.


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Dr. Rebecca Hammon From Los Alamos Running Boston Marathon to Raise Funds for Her Hospital

Rebecca Hammon and her dad, Duncan Hammon, at the Los Alamos Dog Jog last summer in White Rock. Courtesy photo
 
Rebecca Hammon, left, and a Team Eye and Ear teammate posed with Bill, the Heartbreak Hill Gorilla, during a 20-mile training run.Courtesy photo
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rebecca Hammon grew up in Los Alamos watching her dad, Duncan Hammon, run marathons. As a bored kid, she swore she’d never be a runner. That changed in the summer of 2012 when Hammon took up running as a way to get some exercise. Now she’s slated to run the Boston Marathon April 21 as part


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Local Occupational Therapists Share Skills With Nicaraguan Children

A Nicaraguan child practices sorting skills. Photo by Hannah Bloom
 
Play is therapy for students with diabilities in Nicaragua. Photo by Hannah Bloom
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

In mid-March, three occupational therapists, six OT students, and a physical therapist will spend two weeks in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, where they will collaborate with Nicaraguan teachers and therapists in a cultural exchange. Students will live with host families in a full-immersion environment, where they will speak Spanish and learn about Nicaraguan culture.

Two Los Alamos OT students


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Los Alamos Man and His Brother Experience Life and Death in Botswana

Bill Gattis, Adrian Chishimba and Tom Gattis. Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: Two brothers, Tom Gattis of Los Alamos and Bill Gattis of Gunnison, Colo., had an eye-opening experience in the third world when their mother, who lived in Botswana, became terminally ill. This is their story.

By BILL GATTIS

Our mother, Mary Lindsey (Gattis) had been spending her retirement in Africa, specifically Zambia, and later in the small, dusty town of Maun, Botswana. Mary was a math teacher at Santa Fe High School and Santa Fe Prep, and up until 2002, lived in a self-constructed plywood casita in Pojoaque and cared


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Designer Suzette Fox’s Green Passion

Interior Designer Suzette Fox at the Smart House in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

Designer Suzette Fox’s Green Passion

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Interior Designer Suzette Fox created the modern ambiance that greets tourists visiting the renowned Smart House in Los Alamos.

“It was so much fun to work with Julie Williams-Hill on the Smart House project,” Fox said. “Julie is the public relations manager of the Department of Public Utilities. She was open to the contemporary design I had in mind for the furniture and accessories at the Smart House.”

Fox began the decorating


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Bandelier Volunteer George Best Gives Back

George Best. Photo by Kirsten Laskey

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

George Best may be retired but he still has a job. Every Monday, he dons a uniform and heads to Bandelier National Monument to work as a volunteer.

Best, 93, provides assistance to the staff at the visitor center, which includes answering questions and greeting visitors as they disembark the shuttle buses. Additionally, Best said he walks the trails to answer questions as well as point out archeological features. He added he also keeps an eye out for anyone who needs help.

Best has a lot of history with Bandelier; he first traveled to the park


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Modern Cataract Surgery: A Photo Essay

PHOTO ESSAY

Leland Lehman underwent cataract surgery at Eye Associates of Northern New Meixo recently. These days, cataract surgery is a  two-hour “out-patient” surgery with only 10 or 15 minutes of actual operation being performed. This is a photo essay of Lehman’s surgery. Lehman said not only was the operation “way cool,”  the best part is now he can see again!

 

Surgeon Dr. Kristin Reidy prepares for the operation. Courtesy photo
 
Leland Lehman in pre-op as the medical professionals prepare him for surgery. Courtesy photo
 

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