Health Care

Scenes From LAVNS 50th Anniversary Celebration

Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, 109 Central Ave., celebrated its 50th anniversary during ChamberFest Saturday. LAVNS Executive Director Jack Allison, RN, center, snips the ceremonial ribbon along with his staff and Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann and Member Services Manager Sam McRae, right. During the past 50 years, LAVNS has become a trusted name in the healthcare industry, thanks to its dedicated staff and commitment to patient care, and recently received a $250,000 donation from the estate of Art and Nancy Freed. The organization has grown from a small team of nurses Read More

Luján, Colleagues Introduce Resolution To Recognize May As Stroke Awareness Month


WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a resolution to recognize each May as Stroke Awareness Month.

The resolution encourages continued coordination and cooperation between the federal government, researchers, families, and the public to improve prognoses by increasing access to timely treatments for individuals who suffer strokes.

“I never thought having a stroke would happen to me – until it did. Now more than ever, I understand the importance of increasing Read More

National Scleroderma Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter To Host ‘Albuquerque Stepping Out To Cure Scleroderma’

Scleroderma Foundation News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Individuals living with and affected by scleroderma will join together at 8 a.m., June 25, at Mariposa Basin Park, 6401 Taylor Ranch Dr. NW in Albuquerque, to take part in the first  Albuquerque Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk.

Scleroderma is a rare rheumatic disease that affects connective tissue and the vascular system, producing excessive collagen that causes fibrosis in the skin (localized) or in internal organs (systemic sclerosis).

The disease can cause disfigurement and disability. For some, it’s life-threatening. There is no Read More

Koval: EGIS Complete Care Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary

Owner / President / Care Manager
EGIS Complete Care, Inc.

Even with the challenges of COVID-19 and other industries showing a decrease in employees, EGIS Complete Care, Inc., over the last two years, experienced unexpected growth in their number of caregivers!

Other industries may ask “Why?” but it can be explained by a November 2022 survey conducted by AARP Home and Community Preference that states almost 80 percent of US adults, age 50 years and older, want to remain in their homes for the long  term. This will only continue to grow with the aging baby boomer population. Being Read More

Nexus Health Breaks Ground On $100 Million State-Of-The-Art Medical Care Center In Santa Fe

Courtesy photo


SANTA FE — Nexus Health, Meridian, and Page celebrated the groundbreaking of a new state-of-the-art, 95,000-square-foot medical office building and comprehensive cancer care center Friday, May 5, at 4200 Beckner Road in Santa Fe.

The facility, to be located on an 18-acre parcel of vacant land in the Las Soleras Master Plan District, will provide affordable, outpatient healthcare services to the growing population of Northern New Mexico. The project, with an overall investment exceeding $100 million, is expected to bring significant jobs and tax revenue Read More

Life After 50: Got Hats?

A hat crafted by a friend for a friend diagnosed with skin cancer on the top of her head. Courtesy/Bernadette Lauritzen

Los Alamos

Recently, I went to schedule a physical appointment, only to find out that a great practitioner at MANNM is moving away. A year ago, I had the pleasure of seeing some great medical personnel, so why send a thank you when heralding people in the media is so much more fun!

Shenika Carter is a Family Nurse Practitioner and may have provided the most pleasant annual physical I have ever had. Her bedside manner, sense of humor and kind disposition made Read More

(VIDEO) UNM’S Chicana/o Studies Brings The Ancient Art Of Traditional Healing To The Community

UNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Registration is well underway for the Chicana and Chicano Studies (CSS) Department’s Traditional Medicine Without Borders class at the University of New Mexico.

Offered in the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters, it is the only class of its kind in the country that is taught year-round in both English and Spanish.

According to CSS administrators, the wildly popular summer class, Traditional Medicine Without Borders Curanderismo in the Southwest and Mexico, fills up quickly, and this year is no exception.

Curanderismo is a traditional form of healing that has Read More

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service 50th Anniversary June 3!


Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service (LAVNS) is excited to announce its 50th anniversary on June 3, 2023. Founded in 1973 by Sarah Rochester, LAVNS has been providing high-quality in-home skilled nursing care, hospice care, wound care, and physical therapy services to patients in Los Alamos and the surrounding counties for half a century.

Over the past 50 years, LAVNS has become a trusted name in the healthcare industry, thanks to its dedicated staff and commitment to patient care. The organization has grown from a small team of nurses to a full-service home healthcare agency with Read More

LARSO Introduces New Coaching Team For ‘Matter Of Balance’ Fall Prevention Program For Seniors

The new Matter of Balance fall prevention coaching team, from left, Judy Lovejoy, Kate Cleveland, Bernadette Lauritzen and Loretta Stubbs. Photo by Lucas Fresquez


The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO), which operates both senior centers, added a new team to the program last week.

Four Matter of Balance coaches were trained by Maine Health, in an evidence based fall prevention program that begins this week. The class is designed in 4 or 8 sessions and is a “cognitive re-training” learning tool with some mild exercises, which helps seniors re-think situations that Read More

Heinrich, Luján, Stansbury: $2.2M In Federal Funds For Cancer, Drug Abuse, Addiction Research, Health Centers In New Mexico

Congressional News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) are welcoming more than $2 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The $2,229,543 will support cancer treatment, drug abuse and addiction research and improvements to health centers in New Mexico. 

“This much-needed federal funding will help us in the fight to end cancer and the opioid epidemic in New Mexico,” Heinrich said. “We must continue to improve access to addiction treatment services and Read More

New Mexico Environment Department Shares Food Safety Tips For Memorial Day Weekend


NMED News: 

  • Stay safe and healthy this weekend by preventing foodborne illness

SANTA FE — Sharing food with friends and family is a highlight for many New Mexicans over Memorial Day weekend. To keep everyone safe and healthy, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) reminds folks to follow some simple food safety tips.

Food Safety Tips:

  • Make sure that the location of the gathering has enough oven, stovetop, refrigerator, freezer, and workspace needed to keep foods at a safe temperature;
  • Ensure that there is a source of clean water for food preparation and cleaning;
  • Separate
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Sen. Heinrich Joins Effort To Provide U.S. Service Members Access To Protected Leave For Abortion & Reproductive Health Care Services

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is cosponsoring the Protecting Service Members and Military Families’ Access to Health Care Act.

This legislation, introduced by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), is designed to codify the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Feb. 16, 2023 policy to ensure service members and their families can access non-covered reproductive health care, including abortion services, regardless of the state in which they are stationed.

An estimated 40 percent of active-duty servicewomen, who are stationed Read More

Heinrich Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Strengthen Childhood Cancer Research

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. — During Brain Cancer Awareness Month, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is joining Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) in introducing the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0.

This legislation would provide a new source of funding for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (Kids First) by redirecting penalties collected from pharmaceutical, cosmetic, supplement, and medical device companies that break the law to Read More

New Mexico Hospitality Association Inducts Hospitality & Tourism Professionals Into 2023 Tourism Hall Of Fame

NMHA News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Hospitality Association (“NMHA”) announces its inductees for the 2023 New Mexico Tourism Hall of Fame – the highest honor for New Mexico hospitality and tourism professionals who embody the ideals of professionalism, integrity, and service to the industry.

The inductees for 2023 are Tom & Jerean Hutchinson, owners of La Posta de Mesilla and Bill Lee, CEO of the Grant-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce.

“These Hall of Fame inductees represent the best of our industry from around the state,” NMHA CEO Kathy Komoll said. “They have dedicated Read More

Suspected Fentanyl Overdose Claims Life Of Local Teen

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) responded to a White Rock residence early this morning to an unconscious 17-year-old-male.

The officers responded and initiated an unattended death investigation. The deceased male is identified as Miles Weaver.

The Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI) also responded to the scene. There is evidence to suggest the death was an overdose and Fentanyl is suspected. Official Death results come at the conclusion of the investigation but based on these facts it is imperative that the LAPD issues another Public Safety Statement.

“Fentanyl Read More

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims May 21-27 EMS Week

Los Alamos County Councilor Melanee Hand presents LAFS EMS Division Chief Chris Bartlett with a proclamation designating May 21-27 Emergency Medical Services Week during Tuesday’s work session. Courtesy/LAC


Los Alamos County proclaimed May 21-27 as Emergency Medical Services during its work session Tuesday night.

Councilor Melanee Hand read the proclamation, which states:

WHEREAS, emergency medical services is a vital public service; and

WHEREAS, the members of emergency medical services teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven Read More

LAFD Observes National Emergency Medical Services Week


Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) announces the upcoming observance of National EMS Week “Where Emergency Care Begins”.

National EMS week takes place May 21 through May 27. This annual event recognizes the extraordinary dedication and lifesaving efforts of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals who are at the forefront of providing critical care in local communities.

During EMS Week LAFD will pay tribute to the remarkable men and women who serve as care providers in emergencies, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMT’s), and other first responders Read More

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Issues Statement On Arrests In Extreme Abuse And Neglect Case

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham


Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a statement Thursday following the arrests of three individuals involved in an extreme case of abuse and neglect that resulted in the death of a 38-year-old woman with disabilities.

The woman was served by providers through a state-run program.

“Today, I applaud Attorney General Raúl Torrez and law enforcement for their quick action and coordination that led to this first step toward justice for the victim. As I have said before, abuse by those responsible for caring for the most vulnerable among us will not stand.

“Every Read More

Navajo Nation Council And City Of Gallup Address Fraudulent Reports Of Navajo People Being Targeted By Fraudulent Rehab And Treatment Centers

The 25th Navajo Nation Council members, City of Gallup Mayor Louis Bonaguidi and Gallup Police Chief Erin Toadlena-Pablo during a press conference May 17, 2023 at the Gallup City Council Chambers. Courtesy/NNC

NNC News:

GALLUP — Members of the 25th Navajo Nation Council including Speaker Crystalyne Curley and Council Delegates Seth Damon, Amber Kanazbah Crotty, Dr. Andy Nez and Vince James participated in a press conference Wednesday with City of Gallup Mayor Louis Bonaguidi and Gallup Police Chief Erin Toadlena-Pablo, to offer information about reports of Native Americans being targeted Read More

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