Health Care

Fundraiser Underway For Zee Stidham

Tony and Zandree (Zee) Stidham in October before they left for her bone marrow transplant in Denver. Courtesy photo
Zandree Stidham moments before her bone marrow transplant last month in Denver. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

A local 35-year-old assistant professor of English, wife, mother and aspiring writer has just undergone a lifesaving bone marrow transplant at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute in Denver. 

Zandree (Zee) Stidham was diagnosed with Essential Thrombocythemia or ET (a disease in the same family as Leukemia and Lymphoma) in January 2010. After

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SFCC Hosts Great American Smokeout Nov. 17

SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College Hosts an American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in the SFCC Jemez Room at 6401 Richards Ave. .
Make it a smoke-free day. Learn about cessation resources, the dangers of second- and third-hand smoke to non-smokers, the effects on dental health and the truth about e-cigarettes.
Program participants include the American Lung Association, New Mexico Department of Health, SFCC Dental Department, SFCC Respiratory Care Program and Smiles of Santa Fe.
Call 505.428.1665, for information.

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Heinrich To Hold Rural Health Care Listening Tour

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will be holding a multi-day rural health care listening tour to meet with medical professionals and discuss tele-health for veterans, recruiting and retaining staff, and other issues facing New Mexico’s growing health care industry.
Beginning Monday, Nov. 7, he toured the Guadalupe County Hospital, a new Veterans Tele-Health Clinic in Mosquero, the Union County Hospital, and the Miners’ Colfax Medical Center, and convene listening sessions

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State Auditor Releases Special Audit Of UNMH’s Indigent Care Program

State Auditor Tim Keller
SANTA FE State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit Nov. 4 of the Indigent Care Program at the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH).
Advocates and policymakers have long sought more transparency about revenues and expenses related to healthcare for economically disadvantaged people. The special audit, conducted by an independent audit firm, examined UNMH’s indigent care costs and funding from fiscal year 2014 to 2016.
The audit found that UNMH had a total funding shortfall of more than $60 million, despite a reduction

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Study Indicates Higher Injury Rates For High School Athletes Who Specialize In One Sport

Study reveals that student athletes who specialize in a single sport sustain lower-extremity injuries at significantly higher rates than athletes who do not specialize in one sport. Courtesy/NFHS

NFHS News:

INDIANAPOLIS — A study conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and funded by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Foundation revealed that high school athletes who specialize in a single sport sustain lower-extremity injuries at significantly higher rates than athletes who do not specialize in one sport.

The study

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Mutational Signatures Mark Cancer’s Smoking Gun

Research on mutational signatures in the genome of cancer cells shows that smoking increases the risk of several cancer types by raising the overall number of mutations, even in tissue not directly exposed to smoke. Courtesy/Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

LANL News:


A broad computational study of cancer genome sequences identifies telltale mutational signatures associated with smoking tobacco and demonstrates, for the first time, that smoking increases cancer risk by causing somatic mutations in tissues directly and indirectly exposed to tobacco smoke. The international

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Letter To The Editor: A Letter To The Los Alamos Community And My Patients

By Dr. Phillip Hertzman
After practicing medicine for more than 39 years at Los Alamos Medical Center, I will be closing the Los Alamos office of Los Alamos Family Practice and Vein Care of New Mexico Nov. 29.
I received an impersonal letter from a representative of ‘PHC-Los Alamos Inc d/b/a Los Alamos Medical Center” in Brentwood, Tenn., threatening eviction from my current office 30 days after they purchase the property from Los Alamos National Bank. As of late October Los Alamos Medical Center was not the owner of this property. 
It is astonishing that after having

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Scenes From LAMC’s Annual Halloween Event

Staff and family gather at Los Alamos Medical Center Friday for the annual Halloween event open to the entire community. Staff decorate their departments and give treats to trick-or-treaters. Photo by Raphael Edralin

Scene from Friday’s annual Halloween event at Los Alamos Medical Center at which doctors and staff dress up and greet the community. Photo by Raphael Edralin

Scene from Friday’s annual Halloween event at Los Alamos Medical Center at which doctors and staff dress up and greet the community. Photo by Raphael Edralin

Scene from Friday’s annual Halloween event

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Public Turns In Nearly 366 Tons Of Drugs To DEA

Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg

DEA News:

  • Safe disposal of unused medications addresses opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Six years after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) launched its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Americans continue to turn out in large numbers to rid their homes of unused medications, including controlled prescription drugs (CPDs) such as painkillers, tranquilizers, and stimulants.

The public turned in 731,269 pounds—almost 366 tons—of medication to DEA Oct. 22, and more than 4,000 of its community partners at almost

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DaVita Dialysis Center Opens In Los Alamos

From left, DaVita Dialysis Center Medical Director and Los Alamos board-certified nephrologist David Mills, MD, Regional Coordinator Kat Reher, RN Gloria Diaz and Facility Administrator Sammy Benavidez in front of the new facility during Monday’s open house. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Joe Vigil, center, is the first patient at DaVita Dialysis Center. he attended Monday’s open house and is shown here with RN Gloria Diaz and Facility Administrator Sammy Benavidez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

DaVita Dialysis Center front lobby. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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Local Students Support Purple Pinky/Polio Eradication

Rotarian Steve Ciddio, Rotary friend Debbie Claytor, Rotarians Jane Phillips and Sarah Rochester salute Purple Pinky Day with little fingers raised at Chamisa Elementary School as they wait for students to  participate in Rotary Club’s Purple Pinky project. Rotarians not shown include Rob Metcalf, Alison Pannell, Linda King, Mary Burns, Nancy Cerutti, Ed Van Eeckhout, Antonya Sanders, Chuck Tallman and Kim Selvage. Photo by Nancy Cerutti


To commemorate World Polio Day, Oct. 23, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos sponsored a Purple

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Report: NM Strengthens Mental Health Care System

SANTA FE  New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary Brent Earnest announced that New Mexico improved 14 spots, from 36 to 22, in Mental Health America’s annual rankings, “The State of Mental Health in America 2017.”
The state’s vastly improved overall rank shows a lower prevalence of mental illness and higher rates of access to mental health care in New Mexico.
“The Human Services Department continues to strengthen our state’s behavioral health system as we prioritize providing care and treatment to the most vulnerable New Mexicans,”

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LAVNS Holds Community Memorial Service Nov. 6

Each year the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service holds a Community Memorial Service to honor those we have loved and those who have died in the last year.
We would like to invite everyone in the community to this, our 20th Annual Memorial program.
A simple non-denominational service is held with a ceremony of flowers during which family members and friends have an opportunity to briefly remember their loved ones and place a flower into our memorial vase. (Flowers provided by Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service).
This year our memorial

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Science On Tap: Harnessing Actinium-225 For Cancer Treatment At 5:30 p.m. Thursday


This month’s Science On Tap features Maryline Ferrier who will talk about harnessing Actinium-225 for cancer treatment beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20,  at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square. Light refreshments will be provided for this event by the Central New Mexico Section of the American Chemical Society.

For this event, Ferrier, with the Lab’s Inorganic Isotope & Actinide Chemistry group, will talk about the research taking place at the Lab to better understand actinium-225. This unique and rare radioisotope has tremendous potential

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LAPS Seeks 25 Students To Work On Tobacco-Free Campaigns

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Prevention Office and Evolvement are seeking students who want to decrease the harmful and addictive use of commercial tobacco in New Mexico.

Twenty-five students are invited to a training scheduled for the morning of Oct. 24 at LAHS where students will accomplish the first goal of the program.

The training will include free lunch, the chance to win prizes and is open for youth in 9th through 12th grades.

“Evolvement is a youth-led movement to reduce youth tobacco use,” said Alyssa Hedrich, Evolvement Youth Field Organizer. “This

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New Hours, Services At Local Public Health Office



SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health has announced that it is changing the hours of operation and services provided at the Los Alamos Public Health Office due to staffing changes.


These changes are effective immediately.


The clinic at 1183 Diamond Dr. # D in Los Alamos, will open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (closed noon – 1 p.m.), and closed Mondays.


Services provided at this clinic will now include Children’s Medical Services (children and youth with special health care needs), and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental

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Free Presentation For Alzheimer’s Caregivers

ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free presentation in Santa Fe, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers (Middle Stage)” is a FREE educational event presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter 2-4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4. The event is hosted by the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center at 1121 Alto St. in Santa Fe.
These presentations are designed primarily for non-professional or family caregivers

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Local Health Office Closes But Expected To Reopen

By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Los Alamos County Health Office effectively stopped seeing patients Sept. 14 across from Los Alamos High School at 1183 Diamond Dr.

Public Health Nurse Manager Andrea Cunningham staffed the office for two years but was directed to tender her resignation after she asked for three weeks off without pay in September to accompany her husband on a trip to South Africa.

“I wrote them a letter asking them to reconsider but they said if I was going to take three weeks off then I needed to resign,” Cunningham said.

Cunningham and

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Dr. McClees Mentors Students Interested In Medicine

Dr. Robert McClees of Trinity Urgent Care, 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite A & B, is mentoring Los Alamos High School students interested in medicine including Ben Rees and Sarah Shipley. The students are part of the LAHS Mentorship Apprenticeship Partnership Service (M.A.P.S.), which provides hands on experience in a career they are interested in. Courtesy photo

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