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LAMC Donates $2K For Senior Center Transportation

on June 19, 2019 - 8:00am

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) has donated $2,000 to the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) to provide transportation to senior citizens in Los Alamos and White Rock. Gathered for the check presentation Tuesday afternoon at the senior center at 1101 Bathtub Row, from left, BESC Executive Director Bernadette Lauritzen, LAMC Chief Financial Officer Jim McGonnell, LAMC Chief Executive Officer John Whiteside, BESC Transportation Director Karen McCool and LAMC Marketing Director Liz Alvarez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

PEEC: Dickman Details Rattlesnake Encounter Tuesday

on June 15, 2019 - 9:28am
Join local author Kyle Dickman at 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center to hear about his rattlesnake encounter. This presentation is open to the public and free to attend. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
In April of 2017, writer Kyle Dickman of Los Alamos went on a wildflower walk in Yosemite with his family, including his then 3-month-old son.
On that outing he was bitten by a rattlesnake. The next six hours were harrowing. After being extracted by helicopter from the canyon, he spent eight days in the hospital.
Join Dickman for a multimedia presentation at 7 p.m.

Grief Support Group Meets Thursdays July 11-Aug. 15

on June 14, 2019 - 7:46am

Nurses With Heart Home Care Wins Los Alamos Chamber’s 2019 New Business Of The Year Award

on June 13, 2019 - 7:10am

Nurses with Heart is the recipient of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce 2019 New Business of the Year Award. ‘It was a fabulous surprise, Nurses with Heart CEO Carolyn Moore said. ‘Our thanks go out to the Chamber and the community for their support … Los Alamos and White Rock have greeted us with open arms.’ From left, Moore, the CEO of Nurses with Heart. Moore is seen here with Elais Ponton, BS RN Chief Nursing Officer, and Cheryl Henry, Care Advisor. Courtesy photo

Grief Support Community Lecture June 27

on June 11, 2019 - 7:37am

Project Heart Start: Crash Course In Saving A Life ... Three Sessions At Fuller Lodge Saturday June 15

on June 10, 2019 - 10:38am

Scene of a Project Heart Start training session. Courtesy/New Mexico Heart Institute Foundation

LAFD News:

For the 6th year in a row, the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) is offering a free Project Heart Start course.

The community is invited to attend one of three sessions starting at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at Fuller Lodge and learn to save a life in 30 minutes.

Because 70-80 percent of cardiac arrests occur in the home, it is important to learn CPR. Children as young as elementary school age have provided CPR that saved a family member.

LAPD also teaches a

SFCC Paramedic Program Accepting Applications

on June 10, 2019 - 9:06am

SFCC News:
  • Earn a Paramedicine Certificate in one year. Applications accepted until 5 p.m. July 31

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College’s Emergency Medical Services Institute is accepting Paramedic Training Program applications until 5 p.m. July 31 for the year-long certificate program that starts Oct. 14.

Applicants must be a currently licensed New Mexico Emergency Medical Technician – Basic or Intermediate and up-to-date with their certifications. The application fee is $30 and is non-refundable.

Entrance to the program is competitive.

American Red Cross New Mexico Volunteers Needed ... All Training Provided ... Open House June 18

on June 7, 2019 - 4:00pm
American Red Cross News:
AZTEC The American Red Cross of New Mexico will be recruiting for much needed Disaster Action Team members and disaster responders in northern New Mexico counties.
Our team of dedicated disaster volunteers respond to numerous house fire calls, along with displacements due to flooding and other disasters. We need community members with a passion to help others at their greatest time of need. No experience is necessary, and all training is provided.
An open house event is 3-6 p.m., June 18 at the Santa Fe American Red Cross office at 1213 Mercantile Court

On The Job In Los Alamos: AllerPops Founder Cliff Han

on June 7, 2019 - 9:36am
On the job in Los Alamos is AllerPops founder Cliff Shunsheng Han explaining the science behind AllerPops to Kimberly Underwood of Santa Fe Monday in his office at 1650 Trinity Dr. Suite 103. Han is a biologist who engineered the natural, prebiotic lollipops to help allergry sufferers combat the annual allergy season, he said. Learn more at or call 505.695.4236. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living Community Earns 2019 AHCA/NCAL Bronze National Quality Award

on June 7, 2019 - 8:47am

Aspen Ridge Lodge earns national award for quality care. Courtesy/ARL


Aspen Ridge Lodge in Los Alamos has been recognized as a 2019 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) for its commitment to improving the lives of residents through quality care.

The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program.

AG Balderas Issues Alert Regarding ‘Vampire Facials’

on June 7, 2019 - 8:07am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a health warning to consumers Thursday regarding procedures known as “Vampire Facials” or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy; warning that the unregulated procedures are highly dangerous and that individuals in New Mexico have contracted HIV after receiving the procedures.
“I am highly concerned that these procedures are not being regulated at the State and Federal level and am announcing a criminal investigation into this incident,” Balderas said.

Museum Hosts Additional Programming Related To Drug: Cost & Consequences Exhibition

on June 7, 2019 - 6:37am
Courtesy photo
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is hosting another roster of events related to Drugs: Costs & Consequences, Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, the US Drug Enforcement Administration exhibition extended through Dec. 8, 2019.
Addiction: 10 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, June 29
Snehal Bhatt, MD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences UNM,
(NM-PBS /Museum Science Café)
Substance abuse disorders represent the single most profound public health crisis of our generation.

Partridge: Help Support Susan G. Komen’s 3-Day Walk To End Breast Cancer

on June 6, 2019 - 4:26pm

Nancy Partridge of Los Alamos, third from left, participates in last year’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

This is my 19th year walking to raise funds for breast cancer. My journey started when I found a lump in my left breast.

Since then I have lost my mother-in-law, my cousin and a dear friend to breast cancer.

Along the way I have walked with hundreds of survivors, and walked with thousands who lost mothers, sisters, wives, husbands, fathers, brothers and friends.

I keep walking because the funds we raise are supporting researchers

Be Cool: Tips To Help Beat The Heat And Have A Safe And Healthy Summer

on June 5, 2019 - 3:28pm

Sharon Radcliffe

LAMC News:

With summer in full swing, many of us are taking full advantage of this fun time of year, whether it’s hitting the road for a family vacation, getting out on the water, organizing pick-up games in the park or taking an early evening neighborhood stroll.

However you choose to enjoy this season, following some key safety tips can help you ensure that this summer is a safe and healthy one.

Heat Safety

Did you know that heat is the number one weather-related killer in the U.S.?

“It’s essential that we stay heat smart,” said Los Alamos Medical Center Chief

True Health New Mexico Adds Dr. Pedro Cardona As Medical Director Over All Areas Of Medical Management

on June 5, 2019 - 6:14am
Dr. Pedro Cardona
THNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE True Health New Mexico has added Dr. Pedro Cardona as Medical Director.
In his new role, Dr. Cardona will provide leadership across all areas of Medical Management and drive programmatic approaches to member care with regard to quality improvement, utilization management, case management, and disease management.
Dr. Cardona joins the True Health New Mexico team with more than 15 years of experience in medical management. Prior to joining True Health New Mexico, he was in private practice for 12 years.

Luján Announces Support For Medicare For All

on June 4, 2019 - 3:52pm

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) joined 112 Democratic Members of the U.S. House of Representatives as a co-sponsor of H.R. 1384, the 

“Since my very first days in Congress, I’ve strongly held the belief that health care is a fundamental right for all, not a privilege for a few. No individual should ever be denied care or worry about costs when sick. But, for far too many Americans today, that is not the reality.

New Mexico Delegation Announces $600,000 To Combat Opioid Epidemic In Rural Communities

on June 3, 2019 - 4:36pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded three grants totaling $600,000 to rural communities across New Mexico and Indian Country in order to help combat the opioid epidemic.
The funding, which was championed by the New Mexico delegation, comes through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration

Local LDS Relief Society Assists Women Across Globe

on June 3, 2019 - 4:17pm
Members of the LDS Church Relief Society create flannel liners to donate to Days for Girls and Women 2 Be. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

For many women around the world, menstruation can be a humiliating or physically painful experience because they don’t have any resources to help manage their flow.

According to the Days for Girls website, for many young women in rural areas or developing countries, getting their period forces them to miss school or prevents them from graduating.

Therapeutic Riding Program Comes To Los Alamos

on May 30, 2019 - 9:57am
TGH Program Director Miranda Parga and Founder and Executive Director Kristin Tobias instruct students at the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Jenn Bartram/
Kristin Foree Tobias shows location of future ramp from donations to allow access for everyone. Photo by Jenn Bartram/
Kadin Hansel, 10, receives a hug from Eli the horse. Photo by Jenn Bartram/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Owner and founder Kristin Foree Tobias describes her therapeutic riding program as “a dream come true”.

“It really is my passion …

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Announces Increased Medicaid Hospital Reimbursement Rates

on May 30, 2019 - 9:55am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tuesday announced her plan to increase Medicaid hospital reimbursement rates for inpatient and outpatient services by $168.7 million effective July 1.
The hospital reimbursement increases are part of a multi-phase strategy to address the low Medicaid reimbursement rates for those who deliver care and services to the most vulnerable New Mexicans and help rebuild and protect New Mexico’s health care delivery network.

Mental Health Awareness Month And Kognito Training

on May 28, 2019 - 5:03pm

LAPS News:

Every year, May is recognized nationally as Mental Health Awareness Month.

The statistics are clear: approximately one in five children and adults in the U.S. will experience a mental health challenge every year, and the national rate of suicidal ideation in teens is on the rise.

Staff and students in the Los Alamos Public Schools have been strengthening the community’s network of support by taking part in a new training opportunity.

Three of the most effective ways that a community can increase support for mental health are to:

  • know and be able to recognize the warning signs

New Mexicans To Raise Awareness And Funds To Fight Alzheimer’s On ‘The Longest Day’ June 21

on May 27, 2019 - 8:01am
ALBUQUERQUE People around the world, including numerous teams in New Mexico, will participate Friday, June 21, in The Longest Day, the Alzheimer’s Association’s “do-it-yourself” creative fundraiser.
June 21 is the longest day on earth, the day with the most light — the summer solstice. On that day, thousands of participants across the world come together to raise funds to fight Alzheimer's through an activity of their choice. The theme in 2019 is: “Do something you love, for someone you love.”
The Longest Day symbolizes the challenging journey of those living

BeWellnm Chooses Vendor For Move From Federal Technology Platform To State-Based Marketplace

on May 26, 2019 - 7:33am
BWNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE The beWellnm Board of Directors voted unanimously to award to hCentive, a healthcare technology and services company, the contract to transition the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange from a federal technology platform to a State-Based Marketplace.
“The move to a state-based marketplace will enable us to better serve the residents in New Mexico and allow us to collect data that’s necessary to better care for our patients and make sure that we are providing the right services that they need,” board chairman David Shaw said.
Jeffery Bustamante, Interim

Udall, Torres Small, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Enable All Military Women To Count Maternity Leave Toward Years Of Service

on May 26, 2019 - 7:17am

  • Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act would ensure women serving in National Guard and Reserves receive pay and points toward retirement during time spent on maternity leave

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Xochitl Torres Small introduced bipartisan legislation to support military mothers by ensuring that women serving in the National Guard and Reserves can take maternity leave without worrying about how it will affect their creditable military service. Their bill, the Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act, would

On The Job In Los Alamos: Dr. Robert McClees

on May 25, 2019 - 6:19am

On the job in Los Alamos Friday afternoon is Dr. Robert McClees, owner of Trinity Urgent Care at 1460 Trinity Dr. Suites A & B. Dr. McClees opened Trinity Urgent Care Nov. 30, 2015. He also volunteers as medical director of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol. Trinity Urgent Care is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week and provides up-to-date expert evaluation and treatment covering a wide range of minor emergencies, illnesses and injuries. Call 505.412.6033 or visit #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/