Health Care

LAMC’s New CEO Embraces Community

LAMC CFO Steve Winegeart, right, welcomes new LAMC CEO John Whiteside. Courtesy photo
 

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
LAMC

 
It has been a busy week at Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC). Former CEO Feliciano Jiron was spirited away to manage another LifePoint Health hospital in Arizona and John Whiteside, a veteran healthcare administrator stepped up to manage LAMC and assume the role of interim CEO.

Whiteside most recently served as COO of a two-hospital system in Louisiana that also is part of the LifePoint Health system. As COO of the two facilities, he oversaw daily operations of the hospitals


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Luján And White House Drug Policy Director Hold Conference Call Today; Community Forum Thursday

National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli
 
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli will travel to Albuquerque Thursday, Aug. 18, to host a community forum on evidence-based programs to prevent and treat prescription drug misuse and heroin use.
 
This is one of a series of forums across the country that will continue the conversation that President Obama began in West Virginia in October of last year, when he announced new public and private sector efforts to address the opioid overdose epidemic.

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State’s Largest ‘Walk To End Alzheimer’s’ Sept. 17

HEALTH News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter has announce that at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Albuquerque will host the state’s largest Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 
 
The event is at Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza and more than 2,000 residents from Albuquerque and surrounding communities are expected to participate to raise awareness and promote research for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the Alzheimer’s Association’s flagship fundraiser,


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Heinrich Launches Online Zika Resource Center

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From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen.  Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is providing New Mexicans with critical resources and raising awareness about the health threat posed by the Zika virus. 

Today, he launched a Zika Resource Center on his website to provide information about the virus and tools to help New Mexicans stay healthy.

“While the Zika crisis grows, it’s more important than ever that New Mexicans have access to critical information about how to keep themselves and their families safe during the summer


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Los Alamos Kiwanis Keeps Project Eliminate Promise

Don Casperson, center, spoke at Los Alamos Kiwanis recently, updating the club on the organization’s national and regional conventions and on Project Eliminate, a campaign to wipe out maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide. He is shown holding a t-shirt from the regional convention in Albuquerque. At left is Cheryl Pongratz, who presented him with a Secundino Sandoval print—a gift from the club. At right is Los Alamos Kiwanis President Lisa Wismer, who holds a plaque saying that the club’s donations have saved the lives of 20,800 babies. Photo by Morrie Pongratz
 
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER

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National Sinus Institute: Allergies

NSI News:
 
If you are like many of our patients, and suffer from allergies, then you know the miserable side effects: itchy eyes and skin, sneezing, congestion, a runny nose or postnasal drip down the back of your throat.
 
The allergic reaction you experience is your body’s response to the allergen, which it sees as harmful, even though it really isn’t. Your immune system responds by creating inflammation in your sinuses, skin, airways or digestive system. Your environment has a lot to do with allergy symptoms. Hot, dry and windy weather can hold more allergens

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State Crisis And Access Line Helping More New Mexicans Connect With Needed Services And Support

HSD News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) Secretary Brent Earnest announced that the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL) is helping more New Mexicans find the help, services, and support they need for mental health crises such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and others.
 
NMACL fielded 2,952 calls last month alone, 16,000 in the first six months of this year, and more than 21,000 calls in 2015.
 
“The hotline helps connect our most vulnerable family members, friends, and neighbors with the help they need,” Governor Susana Martinez said. “When

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New Viruses: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly July 29

AIA News:

ALBUQUERQUE  The Albuquerque International Association (AIA) will host a public lecture by Dr. Terry McNearney, M.D. titled “New Viruses: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 3 p.m., Friday, July 29, at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center (1634 University Blvd NE).
 
Dr. McNearney served on the faculties of Washington University School of Medicine and University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, specializing in rheumatology and retrovirology. A long-time research focus of her lab has been how viruses

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LAMC’s Employee Picnic Honors First Responders

Thanks LAFD, Thanks LAPD and Thanks Classic Air Medical! Los Alamos Medical Center hosted an employee and community picnic Saturday to honor local first responders. The event was packed with family-friendly activities including a bouncy house, water slide, suds pool and the ever popular dunk tank from Party to Go. There also was a photo booth, obstacle course, face painting and animal balloons. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, standing at right, chats with firefighters at Saturday’s picnic hosted by LAMC to honor first responders. Photo


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Local Therapists And Psychiatrists Host Open House

A group of psychiatrists and therapists have joined together in a suite of eight offices in downtown Los Alamos. The group hosted an open house Friday evening to celebrate their new endeavor. From left, Therapist Heather McCoulloch, LMFT; Dr. Brian Haigh, MD, child and adolescent emphasis; Dr. Deepa Nadiga, MD., adult psychiatry emphasis; Therapist Georgina Mesibov, LPCC, adult emphasis; Therapist Galen Sanchez, adolescent emphasis; Therapist Kris Raber, LSW, adult and couples emphasis; Clinical Psychologist Reva Heron, PhD., adult and adolescent emphasis; Dr. Julia


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Gov. Susana Martinez Announces New Initiative To Improve Services To NM Women Veterans

STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced a new targeted initiative today to improve access to services and benefits for women veterans in New Mexico.
 
Martinez also announced that Melanie Suazo, a retired New Mexico Army National Guard non-commissioned officer, will lead the effort.
 
“New Mexicans have always stood ready to answer the call to serve our state and nation in the U.S. Armed Forces,” Martinez said. “Ms. Suazo is a decorated former soldier who knows firsthand the challenges facing our women veterans, and she is well prepared to lead the charge

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A Mountaineer’s Story: Wild, Edible Plants July 26

Jesse and Johanna Boudreau at PEEC’s Earth Day Festival. Listen to their edible wild plants talk Tuesday, July 26 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Ever wonder which wild plants are safe to eat? Come to the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, July 26 to find out which wild plants are edible and which ones are poisonous.
 
Permaculture experts Jesse and Johanna Boudreau will be leading the talk at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will start at 7 p.m. and

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’10 Warning Signs Of Alzheimer’s’ Class Aug. 19

COMMUNITY News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Los Alamos offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter at 12:45-1:45 p.m., Friday Aug. 19. The event is  hosted by the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row. The class is free and open to all citizens of Los Alamos and surrounding communities.
 
To register or for more

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Los Alamos Computational Scientist Wins 2016 Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award

LANL’s Ludmil Alexandrov wins 2016 Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award.

LANL News:

Ludmil Alexandrov, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group, is the winner of the 2016 Carcinogenesis Young Investigator Award. Given biennially by the journal Carcinogenesis: Integrative Cancer Research, published by Oxford University Press, and the European Association for Cancer Research, the award recognizes a recent significant contribution to carcinogenesis research by an investigator under the age of 40.

“Ludmil’s research uses large-scale computational


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Nancy Partridge Of Los Alamos Honored In Boston As An Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Top Fundraiser

Nancy Partridge of Los Alamos reaches mile 13 Saturday in Boston the Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer. Courtesy photo
 
Nancy Partridge of Los Alamos featured in the Rocky Mountain News in 2001 at her first walk to end breast cancer. At that time her last name was Bachlet. Partridge and all the walkers together raised $4.4 million that year. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Nancy Partridge of Los Alamos is in Boston this weekend participating in the Avon 39  Walk to End Breast Cancer.

She was honored during the opening ceremony at 6:30 a.m Saturday as being


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Keeping Pets Safe In Summer Heat

A trio of dogs ride in a boat. Courtesy photo
 
By ERIN ASKLAND
Dog Training and Behavior Expert

 

Each summer, hundreds of dogs are harmed as a result of being left in hot cars or outside without enough water or protection. Heat waves, like the one most of the country is experiencing, are especially dangerous for pets, as high temperatures can lead to dehydration, heat stroke, sunburn and even death in just a few minutes. A few preventative measures can easily protect dogs from heat wave hazards.
Watch for Heatstroke
Dogs can develop heatstroke fairly quickly. Signs of this include excessive

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Udall Votes Against Weak GMO Labeling Bill

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted against weak compromise legislation designed to set food labeling standards for genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Udall supports clear, concise labeling that allows consumers to easily understand what’s in their food and how it was grown. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 63-30, and must next be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Udall said that while the compromise bill the Senate approved was an improvement over previous legislation designed purely to gut


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Casting For Recovery New Mexico Provides Recreation For Breast Cancer Patients

Breast cancer patients learn fly-fishing with Casting for Recovery New Mexico. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Casting for Recovery New Mexico, led by an all-volunteer team, began in 2010 with a retreat at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron.

Fourteen women are selected via a random lottery to attend each retreat. Any woman who has received a breast cancer diagnosis and resides in New Mexico, the Texas Panhandle or the Colorado San Luis Valley is eligible to apply. 

This year’s retreat is Sept. 23-25 at The Retreat at Angel Fire in Angel Fire. Retreat participants stay in


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