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Learn About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

on February 26, 2016 - 7:51am

LAMC News:

As we conclude our observation of Heart Health Month, let’s take a look at COPD--Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is a term used to describe a variety progressive lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, non-reversible asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.

Many people consider a shortness of breath and coughing as part of the aging process, but that is not necessarily so. COPD can sneak up on you, developing for years without problematic breathlessness.

This is an issue because if COPD is identified early, intervention can slow the loss of

Morning Meditation 'Deepening The Heart' Friday

on February 22, 2016 - 10:23am
A morning of Insight Meditation with Abhaya Kopka, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 195 East Road, Suite 101.
The program includes a guided sitting and walking meditation and finishes with a Dharma Talk and Sharing. Each student will have a one on one meeting with the teacher. A variety of teas will be available. The class is free. Donations are welcome.
For more information call 505.579.4072 or

LAMC And Dr. Miguel Dozier Educate To Save Lives

on February 19, 2016 - 10:15am
As part of LAMC's lunchtime presentation Friday, Lori Coffelt, RN and Director of the LAMC Emergency Department, presented three automated external defibrillators (AED’s) to the senior center, for use in the Los Alamos and White Rock facilities. Photo by Chris Clark/
LAMC doctors and medical staff members provide lunchtime health and wellness talks at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/

Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) is pursuing certification as an accredited Chest Pain Center through the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

About Automated External Defibrillators

on February 19, 2016 - 9:46am


What is an AED?

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart.

The shock can stop an irregular heart rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function.

If it’s not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death. Most sudden cardiac arrests result from ventricular fibrillation.

Delegation Calls For Probe Into NM HSD Suspending Medicaid Payments To Behavioral Health Providers

on February 19, 2016 - 8:58am

Update: Response from Kyler Nerison, HSD spokesman:

“This is nothing more than the same partisan stunt orchestrated by the same Washington politicians more than a year ago. The Feds have extensively reviewed this matter and found that the state acted in accordance with the anti-fraud regulations put in place by the Affordable Care Act. 

The companies in question overbilled the state millions of dollars in Medicaid funding that should have been used to help those in need. That's a fact, and we've already collected more than $4 million on behalf of taxpayers.

Community Resilience Committee Meets Feb. 29

on February 19, 2016 - 7:12am
The Community Resilience Committee will host a quarterly meeting 10-11 a.m., Feb. 29, in meeting room 1 at Mesa Public Library.
The Community Resilience Committee is a subcommittee of the Los Alamos Community Health Council.
For additional information, to provide input or request minutes, call 505.470.0841.

Blue Sky Pilates Offers Four New Classes

on February 18, 2016 - 12:17pm
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BSP News:
Blue Sky Pilates is increasing the number of classes beginning in March. 
My goal is to offer a wide variety of classes that can satisfy any one's fitness goal at Blue Sky Pilates,” said Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, owner of Blue Sky Pilates. This March will bring FOUR more classes to the already large list of classes being offered at the studio.  
Get ready for the upcoming golf season by taking the Pilates Golf Prep Class. This class will be offered 5-6 p.m., every Monday, and also 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday. 
The class will run the entire month of March, for a total of

Employers Gain Increased Productivity And Engagement With Culture Of Wellness

on February 18, 2016 - 6:39am
LOUISVILLE, KY — Employers that establish a defined workplace culture of wellness can achieve widespread positive impact on the health and productivity of their employees while increasing engagement in company mission and goals, according to a study released today by Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
The study, entitled “The Wellness Effect: The Impact of Workplace Programs,” explored insight into the scope, reach and impact of workplace wellness programs as well as the challenges and opportunities that continue to shape their development.

Letter To The Editor: Nursing Home From Heaven

on February 17, 2016 - 6:25am
New York
I am writing to express my gratitude and appreciation to Sombrillo Skilled Nursing Center in Los Alamos.
My mom, who just turned 89 last week, has been living at Sombrillio for the last year and a half. During this time I have been so very impressed with every facet of the facility.
I live in New York and even though I come to visit as often as possible, I never have to worry about the care mom is getting. In fact, the staff feels like family to me and when I arrive or when I check in on the phone, everyone is so friendly and helpful.
My sister visits mom at least once a

LAMC's Dr. Josiah Child, RN Lori Coffelt Share Latest CPR Procedures With Los Alamos Rotarians

on February 15, 2016 - 7:50am

In recognition of February as Heart Health Month, RN Lori Coffelt, director of emergency services at Los Alamos Medical Center, instructs Rotarian Nina Thayer in new CPR procedures while Rotarian Brian Newnam plays the role of a heart attack victim. Cardiac specialist Dr. Josiah Child, not pictured, joined Coffelt to tell Rotarians about recognizing and responding to heart attacks. Child is the medical director for the LAMC emergency department. Photo by Linda Hull