Health Care

Rotary Members Participate In Holi Festival

Rotarians Laura Gonzales, Jessie Conrad and Jim Nesmith celebrate Holi Day, a communal celebration of colors, during Sunday festivities at Fuller Lodge. The event was sponsored by Sirphey owner Prashant Jain. Members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos were on hand to tell participants about Rotary International’s impressive success in eradicating polio worldwide with small exceptions in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria where war and distrust of Western medicine limit vaccination programs. Polio is a contagious virus that causes muscle wasting and paralysis. It is easily

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Udall, Luján, NM Delegation Introduce Legislation To Address Health Disparities For Native Americans

New Mexico Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. April 15, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján, Assistant Speaker of the House, along with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs.
The Urban Indian Health Parity Act is also cosponsored by 10 other U.S. Senators and 13 other members of the House of Representatives.

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NMMNHS Participates In Drug Take-Back Day April 27

A line forms at a previous Drug Take-Back Day, and this year in conjunction with its exhibit, ‘Drugs: Costs and Consequences’, the museum is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 27 at the museum. Courtesy/NMMNHS
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday April 27 at the Museum.
Take-Back Day is a safe and convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs. The event gives the community a chance to properly

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National Volunteer Week Illuminates And Inspires

April 7-13 is National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire others to serve.
It is a time to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism and volunteering.
Laura Hendrie is a hospice volunteer at Ambercare Hospice of Santa Fe. She is passionate about what she does and said she feels privileged to spend time with individuals and families facing the end of life. And while most people assume being a hospice volunteer might be scary or uncomfortable, Hendrie said that she feels just the opposite.

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New Mexico Department Of Health Announces Recommended Overdose Prevention Measures


The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announces 11  recommendations to continue the state’s progress addressing drug overdose rates.

The recommendations come from the New Mexico Overdose Prevention and Pain Management Advisory Council, made up of state agencies such as NMDOH, regulatory bodies, and multiple medical professional associations.

The council is charged with reviewing the status of overdose prevention and pain management standards and education efforts for both consumers and professionals in New Mexico. It is also charged with recommending pain

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FREE Workshop ‘Boot Camp’ For Dementia Caregivers Offered In Santa Clara

AA News:
ALBUQUERQUE Families facing Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias will have access to a FREE legal presentation at the Santa Clara Pueblo offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“Skills in Dementia Caregiving Boot Camp” is a FREE presentation offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 2 at the Santa Clara Pueblo Adult Day Care Center, 588 Kee St, Espanola, NM 87532.
This workshop “boot camp” is designed to teach both family caregivers and professional care givers

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On The Job In Los Alamos: Susan Glen At LAVNS

On the job in Los Alamos is Susan Glen, MSW, of the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, 2202 Canyon Road, braving the wind Wednesday to visit a patient off the hill. Glen assists patients to obtain resources in order to help them live the best quality of life possible. Formed in 1973, LAVNS is a not for profit organization providing home health and hospice services in Los Alamos County, northern Santa Fe County and parts of Rio Arriba County. Services include ‘intermittent’ skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, medical social services and home

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When Springtime Allergies Strike: What To Do When You Can’t Stop And Smell The Roses

By Sharon Radcliffe, CNO
Los Alamos Medical Center

April showers might bring May flowers, but many of us are well aware that they can also bring tree and grass pollen and other allergens that can cause us to wheeze, sneeze and sniffle our way through spring.

At Los Alamos Medical Center, our mission is Making Communities Healthier®, and that includes helping you manage seasonal allergies.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), springtime allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to an environmental side effect of seasonal plant pollination.

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CHI St. Joseph’s Children: Call For Vigilance In Response To Recent Child Neglect And Abuse Cases

CHI St. Joseph’s Children News:

  • After Three High Profile Child Abuse Cases In Five Day … CHI St. Joseph’s Children Calls For Vigilance

ALBUQUERQUE – The Largest Home Visiting Program in the state, CHI St. Joseph’s Children, calls upon all New Mexicans for vigilance and action to prevent child abuse.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and tragedies over the last several days have heightened the urgency to truly make our state a safe place for our children.

The cases of 5-year-old, Sarah, who was beaten to death; the 8-year-old girl critically wounded by a gunshot; and

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LAFD Presents Station 4 With Phoenix Award

These Los Alamos Firefighters from Station 4 are honored this morning for saving the life of a person suffering a heart attack: Capt. Gerard Coriz, Driver Paramedic Van Leimer, Firefighter Paramedic Dylan Mahoney, Firefighter Paramedic Dustin Rogers, Firefighter Randall Robles, Firefighter Joshua Urban and Firefighter Shannon Evans. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

This morning, the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) was proud to present Station 4-B Shift with a Phoenix Award.

The Phoenix Award, which began in January of 2017, is awarded to personnel who have been involved in calls where the

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Scenes From Business After Hours At LAMC

Community members gathered at Los Alamos Medical Center Thursday evening for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event. Community members had the opportunity to meet and chat with doctor and staff and enjoy snacks and beverages. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

LAMC CEO John Whiteside and Dr. Jacqueline Krohn welcome the community to Business After Hours Thursday at the hospital. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

From left, Layne Kalbfeisch of 2E Consultants (R) LLC, Los Alamos Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, Los Alamos National Bank Private Banker

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Michelle Harkey-Wilde, LMT, LMHC Offers New Modality Following Advanced Certification In Belize

Michelle Harkey-Wilde has completed her Advanced Certification training in The Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy ®. She is pleased to offer this unique modality to the residents of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
Health News:
Michelle Harkey-Wilde, LMT, LMHC, of Los Alamos traveled to Belize in February to complete her Advanced Certification training in The Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy ®. She is pleased to offer this unique modality to the residents of Los Alamos. Here is a link to the potential benefits:

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SFCC: Consider Career In Respiratory Care April 12

SFCC News:
Anyone considering a career in respiratory care is encouraged to attend the Respiratory Care Program “Meet the Department” event, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 12 in Room 433 in the Santa Fe Community College Health and Sciences Center, 6401 Richards Ave.
Get information, advising and assistance with an application.
Respiratory therapists who earn a degree find good jobs with excellent salaries in hospitals, emergency rooms and more. If possible, bring a copy of unofficial transcripts. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 1.
For more information,

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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Introduces National Public Health Week Resolution April 1-7

 U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced a resolution in Congress to designate this week, April 1 through 7, as National Public Health Week, as a part of his efforts to continue working toward a healthier New Mexico and healthier America.
A similar resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.).
“National Public Health Week is a time to reflect on the hard work we have done to create healthier communities and to recognize the invaluable work done

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‘Pharmaceuticals Purchasing Council’ Bill Signed

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFNM
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed Senate Bill 131 into law that will establish an “Interagency Pharmaceutical Purchasing Council.”
The Council will be comprised of nine departments and entities that purchase pharmaceutical drugs for state beneficiaries, and task them to evaluate a range of cost containment strategies to try and get a better deal for taxpayers and recipients. The Council will also be required to identify opportunities to provide lower cost drug options to citizens who are not part

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April Is National Donate Life Month

Los Alamos
National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was established by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003.
Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.
NDLM honors the compassion and generosity of registered donors, donor families, and living donors. It also recognizes the commitment of researchers, innovators, champions, national

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Local GOP Hosts Monthly Meeting 6 p.m. Thursday

RPLA News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in Wallace Hall at UNM-LA.

All registered Republicans are invited to attend the Central Committee Meeting 6-6:50 p.m., followed by a break for refreshments.

Starting at 7 p.m., the public is invited to attend a special presentation: “Fatal Flaws:  Legalizing Assisted Death” Part 2. Physician-Assisted Suicide legislation, HB 90 and SB 153, failed to pass in the 2019 Legislative Session. The community is encouraged to join members of the RPLA to watch the presentation

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Stop The Madness Of Negative Self-Talk

Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

“A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” –Mahatma Ghandi

If you had a friend that said you’re not smart enough, good enough or lovable, would you keep this friend? I would hope not, and yet people often give themselves free reign to routinely employ such negative self-talk.

Thoughts and beliefs are the operating systems that navigate our lives. If we don’t monitor these thoughts and beliefs, we can unconsciously create undesirable life consequences. 

Negative self-talk makes us tentative and unable

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