Health Care

Rep. Melanie Stansbury, Bipartisan Colleagues Reintroduce Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Reps. Adrian Smith (R-NE), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Melanie Stansbury (D-NM) reintroduced the Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act, legislation to help ensure seniors in rural America have access to health care providers by adjusting the geographic practice cost index (GPCI) to more accurately portray the costs of practicing medicine in rural areas.

The members released the following statements: 

“The last thing rural communities need is to lose health care providers to an outdated, flawed reimbursement index,” Rep. Smith Read More

Los Alamos Medical Center Earns An ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade From Leapfrog Group For Excellence In Patient Care

CEO Tracie Stratton

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog that sets standards for excellence in patient care.

LAMC is one of only three hospitals in New Mexico to earn an “A.” Leapfrog assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as the systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

“Leapfrog grades are the industry standard for patients when it comes to hospital Read More

Polls Have Closed But Due To Escalating COVID & Flu Cases No Election Return Watching At Municipal Building

County Clerk News:

The Polls closed at 7 p.m. today but due to escalating COVID-19 and flu cases in the community, there will not be a room set up to watch election returns in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building.

The County Clerk’s Office will email candidates and local party chairs these results as they become available, with a running total of the sites being reported, which will be noted at the top of the document.

The Los Alamos Daily Post will publish the returns as they become available. Also, as required by law, results tapes will be posted outside each Vote Center for review.

The Clerk’s Read More

LANL: Pinpointing HIV Immune Response & More

Science: Pinpointing HIV Immune Response

New research combining computer modeling and experiments with macaques shows the body’s immune system helps control human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections largely by suppressing viral production in already infected cells while also killing viral infected cells, but only within a narrow time window at the start of a cell’s infection. Read the full article here. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) shares a compilation of news stories for the week of Oct. 30, 2023.

Community: From canyons to mesa tops, explore Read More

Nathan Manning Of BeeHive Homes Addresses Rotary Club

Nathan Manning, an owner and operator of BeeHive Homes in White Rock, described the benefits of assisted living care at BeeHive Homes during a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Photo by Linda Hull

Rotary Club of Los Alamos

“We provide home-like surroundings for our clients,” emphasized Nathan Manning, one of the owners and operators of BeeHive Homes of New Mexico, who spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos at its Oct. 24 meeting at Cottonwood on the Greens. “We are an assisted care facility and member of the New Mexico Healthcare Association.”

Memory care, respite care Read More

‘Best Of The Best’ Pharmacy Award Recipient Jean Marr

‘Best of the Best’  Jean Marr

White Rock

This letter is written to recognize Jean Marr. Jean was recently awarded “Best of the Best” Pharmacy Award for her exemplary performance as a pharmacy technician at Smith’s Food & Drug in Los Alamos.

Jean served for over 18 years and demonstrated compassion, empathy, and excellence during the most difficult of times.

Although she no longer works at Smith’s, her contributions will long be remembered.

Editor’s note: The Best of the Best Pharmacy Awards were launched by SingleCare in 2019 as a way to honor pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, Read More

LALT Cancels ‘Reefer Madness’ This Weekend Due To Illness

LALT News:
Due to illness among the cast, Los Alamos Little Theatre has canceled this weekend’s performances of “Reefer Madness”. The show’s production team is following CDC guidance to ensure a safe and healthy opening next weekend.
Those who have purchased tickets will be contacted by LALT in order to receive a refund or to change the date. They may also email with questions.
Performances are planned to continue the next two weekends, at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 10-18, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 12. 
Tickets are $30 at the door or at
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Los Alamos Medical Center Named In Newsweek’s ‘America’s Best-In-State Hospitals’ For 2024

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) has been named an America’s Best-In-State Hospital for 2024. This new ranking recognizes 600 leading hospitals across the nation to help patients find the best care locally. LAMC is one of only four hospitals in New Mexico to earn this distinction. This prestigious award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

“We are ecstatic to be named a Best-in-State Hospital. This honor reflects our commitment to providing quality healthcare services close to home and our mission of making Read More

Community Input Sought For Development Of Los Alamos County Comprehensive Health Plan


The Los Alamos County Health Council (LACHC), in collaboration with County Social Services, is developing a Los Alamos County Comprehensive Health Plan (CHP).

Three public listening sessions are scheduled in November and early December to collect feedback from the community. Upon adoption of the CHP by the County Council, the CHP will guide the next five to seven years of health, wellness, and social services planning and programming in Los Alamos County.

Community members who live, work, learn, pray, or play in Los Alamos County are invited to attend one of three sessions to Read More

Extraordinary Nurse Honored With DAISY Award At LAMC

2023 DAISY Award honoree Casiphia (Cassie) Desir-Pamphile, center, at the celebration with Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Tracie Stratton and Chief Nursing Officer Don Hislop. Courtesy/LAMC

Scene from The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® celebration ceremony held Thursday Oct. 26 at LAMC. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost

LAMC News:

An extremely caring and compassionate nurse at Los Alamos Medical Center was recognized with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® at a special celebration ceremony held Thursday Oct. 26. DAISY Award recipient Casiphia (Cassie) Desir-Pamphile Read More

LANL: Pinpointing HIV Immune Response

LANL Theoretical Biologist Ruy M. Ribeiro

LANL News:

Refined understanding of T cells’ action in the body’s battle against the AIDS-causing virus will help improve treatments

New research combining computer modeling and experiments with macaques shows the body’s immune system helps control human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections largely by suppressing viral production in already infected cells while also killing viral infected cells, but only within a narrow time window at the start of a cell’s infection.

“To eliminate HIV, we have to understand how the immune system attempts Read More

Lung Cancer: Reducing Your Risk

From Los Alamos Medical Center:

Thanks to movies, TV shows, and extensive public awareness campaigns, lung cancer has long been a part of the public consciousness. Many Americans recognize that the disease is strongly linked to smoking, and that its symptoms include coughing, wheezing and persistent chest pain. This awareness is a good thing – the first step in fighting lung cancer is learning its risk factors and early warning signs.

Unfortunately, many facts about lung cancer are not as widely known. For instance, not every lung cancer victim is a smoker. And not all lung cancer patients will Read More

LAHS Girls Soccer Kick For The Cure Rocked It!

LAHS Girls Soccer working the Kick for the Cure table. Courtesy/Ellen Burrows

JV team huddles at halftime. Courtesy/Ellen Burrows

LAHS Girls Soccer

The Los Alamos High School Girls Soccer Kick for the Cure held Tuesday, Oct. 24 was a successful evening all around. 

Sporting pink socks for the occasion and enduring the rain and cold, the Hilltoppers took the win for both games. The Girls Varsity team were victorious over the Taos Tigers with a 3-0 finish, and the Los Alamos Junior Varsity team defeated Santa Fe High School 4-2.

That was not the only win on Tuesday night. When the LAHS Read More

Keynote Speakers For 45th Conference On Aging Nov. 13-14


SANTA FE — The 45th Annual Conference on Aging, scheduled for Nov. 13-14, announces the keynote speakers who will share their knowledge, insights and dedication to senior well-being and caregiving.

The speakers will be split over the two days of the conference and will be preceded by remarks from the Governor Monday, and the Lt. Governor Tuesday.

Monday, Nov. 13: 

  • Barbara Hubbard: A celebrated figure from Las Cruces, Barbara “Mother” Hubbard has left an impression on the entertainment industry in New Mexico and around the globe Originally from Benton, Arkansas, Hubbard came to
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New Mexico Aging And Long-Term Services Department Launches Novel Caregiver Program For Home Care


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) has launched a novel caregiver health model called “New MexiCare” this October. The program is designed to provide supportive services to participants and their caregivers. 

New MexiCare provides financial support to individuals and their caregivers who do not otherwise qualify for a paid caregiver through Medicare or Medicaid. Qualified participants will be provided with a stipend of up to $12,000, per fiscal year, for their existing caregiver, respite or day care, transportation, and safety monitoring.  Read More

Santa Fe Community College Announces Information Sessions About Accelerated Medical Assistant Program

SFCC Medical Assisting students in the SFCC SimLab. Courtesy/SFCC

SFCC News:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) announces its Medical Assisting Program, which will have a series of information sessions about the college’s new Accelerated Medical Assisting Certificate program Nov. 7, 9 and 10 in Room the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center at 6401 Richards Ave.

Anyone can drop into the sessions at any time to get one-on-one information from representatives of the Medical Assisting program. The accelerated program takes only 18 weeks to complete.

The information session Read More

U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández On White House’s Request For $16 Billion In Emergency Child Care Funding

U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández released a statement following the White House’s request for $16 billion in emergency child care funding. This comes after Leger Fernández, vice chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC), joined other DWC members to urge the White House to address the issue.

“I’m grateful the White House listened to our request and included $16 billion to provide childcare for New Mexican families, and families across the country in its supplemental request. Safe, quality and affordable childcare programs Read More

Los Alamos Rotary Shares Good News Of Polio Eradication

Rotary Club of Los Alamos

In honor of World Polio Day, Oct. 24, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos is pleased to share the good news about efforts to eradicate polio worldwide, and inform you about the upcoming Purple Pinkie Polio Awareness Campaign to be held in the Los Alamos Elementary Schools on Friday, Oct. 27.

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a highly infectious and disabling disease caused by the poliovirus. The virus is spread person to person, typically through water contaminated with feces from an infected individual or through exposure to mucus when an infected person coughs Read More

Meadows: Three Ingredients To Avoid

Deeply Rooted Nutritional Therapy
Los Alamos

Most of my time grocery shopping is spent along the perimeter, because that is where fresh food is located in most stores. When venturing down aisles for packaged food, there are a few things to keep in mind.

The health claims on the outside of boxes that line grocery store shelves were put there by food company marketing departments. Their goal is for people to buy their products, nothing else. Just like a beautiful label doesn’t determine the quality of red wine, choosing a salad dressing because of a health claim on the label is Read More

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