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Santa Fe Holds 3rd Annual Overdose Memorial Aug. 28

on August 7, 2019 - 9:45am

SFOM News:


Recovery Santa Fe, the Friendship Club, Santa Fe Prevention Alliance, Berardinelli Family Funeral Service and Santa Fe Recovery Center will host the third annual memorial commemorating the 26 people who died from accidental drug overdoses during 2018.


The memorial is 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Old Church Courtyard, 417 Agua Fria St. at the corner of Guadalupe and Agua Fria in Santa Fe.

The purpose of this memorial is to provide a space and time to gather and publicly acknowledge loss.

“Even one person lost to drug overdose is too many,”

Local Members Attend International Women’s Forum

on August 4, 2019 - 12:17pm

International Women’s Forum (IWF) members from Los Alamos, Linda Deck, Nancy Bartlit and Carol A. Clark attended the organization’s 3rd quarterly meeting Saturday at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe. CHRISTUS St. Vincent CEO Lillian Montoya is a member of IWF and hosted the 4-hour event, which included a program on women and aging. Dr. Trent Sensiba, Dr. Lily Love and Dr. James Green presented talks as part of the program. From foreground center, Montoya, Bartlit, Sandra Evenson visiting from Washington, and Deck, who serves as board secretary for IWF. Photo by Carol A.

Fr. Glenn: Au Revoir, Little Dove … Too?

on August 4, 2019 - 7:27am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

What is it about babies? To see them in distress strikes to the very core … the very fiber of the core … of the heart. To see them in distress sounds the instinctive primal tocsin: “Save! Protect!!”

One of the saddest (and most difficult) duties of priests and ministers is to try (most often vainly) to comfort parents with a little one in medical distress. Such was the case the other day when called to Pediatric ICU at Presbyterian Hospital.

Of all persons to request a presence there was none other than the commanding general of the New Mexico Army National Guard—kudos

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Resolution To Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections

on August 4, 2019 - 6:59am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined House and Senate Democrats in unveiling a resolution that would roll back the “1332 waiver” rule, which is another Trump administration effort to sabotage Americans’ health care and another attack on the 130 million Americans who rely on the critical pre-existing condition protections the administration is trying to eliminate. 
The Trump administration rule, if left in place, would allow states to greenlight substandard, junk insurance plans that don’t fully protect people with

American Red Cross Response To El Paso Tragedy

on August 3, 2019 - 9:50pm

From the American Red Cross:

EL PASO – At this time our team is on the ground, focused on supporting the community, and will not be providing interviews related to the tragic shooting in El Paso.

Our hearts go out to all those who are affected by the tragic shooting in El Paso, Texas. The Red Cross is working in close coordination with emergency officials to provide comfort and support now. The Red Cross is supporting the family assistance center and mobilizing mental health volunteers.

Over the coming days, the Red Cross will continue to coordinate closely with local officials and

Health Commons Opens In Los Alamos

on August 3, 2019 - 7:02am

During a tour Wednesday with local officials and media, Andrea Sandoval of the Las Clinicas del Norte opens the door to the newly remodeled Health Commons, formally known as the Public Health Office at 1183 Diamond Dr., Ste. D. The new clinic was made possible by the joint effort of Los Alamos County, New Mexico Departent of Health and Las Clinica del Norte. The Clinic will offer full services for family planning, immunizations, mental health and primary care and services that the former Public Health office provided.

HSD Encourages Medicaid Presbyterian Health Plan Members To Report Any Suspicious Activity

on August 3, 2019 - 6:43am
HSD News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) was notified Friday by Presbyterian that June 6, 2019, Presbyterian discovered anonymous, unauthorized access gained through a deceptive email to some of Presbyterian's workforce members around May 9, 2019.
HSD takes the privacy and security of client information seriously. As a steward of our Medicaid members’ information, we are working with leadership at Presbyterian Health Plan to protect any information that may have been compromised.

Health Commons Opens In Los Alamos Thursday

on July 30, 2019 - 7:17pm


The Health Commons will open for business Thursday, Aug. 1.

The Health Commons is designed to serve the community's health needs, under contract with Las Clinicas del Norte and the State Public Health Office.

The Health Commons offers a multitude of services for all ages and schedules at 1183 Diamond Dr., Suite D in Los Alamos (across the street from Los Alamos High school, southwestern end of the building).

 For more information, visit the Los Alamos County Social Services Website:

Balderas Charges Albuquerque Nurse Practitioner Alleged To Have Caused Deaths Of Three Patients

on July 29, 2019 - 1:54pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas filed charges last week against Andrei V. Marchenko on nine felony charges including Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Death, Involuntary Manslaughter, Medicaid Fraud Resulting in Physical Harm and Medicaid Fraud in Excess of $2,500.
The Defendant allegedly defrauded the State's Medicaid program and overprescribed opioids to his patients, which ultimately led to three deaths and two overdoses.
“The opioid epidemic continues to ravage our communities and devastate New Mexican families,” Balderas

Santa Fe Animal Shelter Blood Drive Aug. 4

on July 29, 2019 - 6:47am
SFAS News:
The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, which saves thousands of animals every year is now ready to save humans through a Vitalant Blood Drive 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.
Vitalant (formally United Blood Bank), one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states.
Everyone who donates blood during the event will receive a voucher for a fee-waived animal and a 25 percent off coupon for their resell

Pentagon Announces PFAS Task Force To Address Contamination At Military Bases

on July 28, 2019 - 7:28am
EWG News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Defense Department will establish a new task force to address drinking water contamination from the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS at military facilities and in nearby communities, according to a news release by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
The announcement of the task force comes days after Defense Secretary Mark Esper pledged to Shaheen during his July 16 confirmation hearing to “approach the (PFAS) problem in an aggressive and holistic way.”

Governor Establishes Fitness And Wellness Initiative For More Than 17,000 State Employees

on July 27, 2019 - 11:36am
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Thursday signed an executive order providing for the establishment of fitness and wellness programs for state employees, a means of incentivizing healthy lifestyle practices and a genuine work-life balance for the more than 17,000 New Mexico government workers.
The governor directed the State Personnel Office to develop fitness and wellness guidance for state employees, including a policy template for agencies and departments to implement.

Lichthardt: Children And Diet – Dealing With The Selective And Stubborn Eater

on July 27, 2019 - 11:30am
Courtesy photo
Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico
Picky eaters can be a parent’s worst nightmare. My mom still tells stories of when my brother was young. He LIVED on cow’s milk from the time he was weaned, until about 3 years old. I am talking no solid food whatsoever. I cannot even imagine all the concern that caused my parents.
The pediatrician reassured them that everything was okay, to hold out until my brother pulled through his nutritional “rut.” My parents undoubtedly wanted their son to be healthy, but there is no way to rationalize with a

Vendors Sign Up Now For Los Alamos Health Fair!

on July 26, 2019 - 6:09pm


The Los Alamos Heart Council and the Los Alamos Medical Center are pleased to announce this year's Los Alamos County Health Fair to be held Sept. 28 in Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

Any party interested in becoming a vendor at this year's fair may obtain information, instructions and an application form by clicking here.

Six Reasons To Avoid Restaurant Pepper Shakers

on July 26, 2019 - 11:25am
Tabletop condiments, such as the pepper shaker, can have a bacterial count as high as 11,600 microbes. Courtesy/HealthiGuide

With so much to fear in life, who would suspect that the unassuming-looking pepper shaker sitting on every restaurant table is a haven for germs?

The fact is that the pepper shaker, along with the salt shaker, Parmesan cheese dispenser, and napkin holder, may be laden with germs. It can be so much a part of the backdrop of the table that it can cease to register with restaurant patrons and workers alike.

Here are

Balderas Urges FDA To Partner With States To Protect New Mexican Consumers Of Cannabis-Derived Products

on July 24, 2019 - 11:13am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas joins a coalition of 37 bipartisan State Attorneys General urging federal cooperation with the states to protect consumers from false advertising and harms to their health from products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD).
In a public comment filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the AGs highlight the need for research into the risks and potential benefits of cannabinoid products to inform consumers and assist in state-level regulation.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... CEO Carolyn Moore Of Nurses With Heart

on July 23, 2019 - 9:34am
CEO Carolyn Moore of Nurses with Heart. Courtesy photo
Executive Director
The Betty Ehart Senior Center is happy to connect with another community partner, for an educational event.
Carolyn Moore of Nurses with Heart asked us to work together to host a Parkinson & Movement Disorder organizational meeting July 29. The meeting is a chance to collect some feedback and provide direction for future gatherings.
The meeting is 2-3 p.m., Monday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Karen St. Clair will facilitate the inaugural event. St.

UbiQD Announces Novel Quantum Dot Optical Fiber Technology That Delivers Extra Light To The Lower Canopy Of Plants

on July 23, 2019 - 6:33am

Fiber-coupled luminescent concentrators, using UbiQD quantum dots, deployed over a row of tomatoes in a commercial hydroponic greenhouse. Inset: Close-up of the fiber tips, where light is delivered to the lower canopy. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

Representation of spectral tissue sensing utilizing the quantum dot-enabled fiber-coupled broadband medical light-source. The reflected spectrum can be a disease diagnostic. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.

UbiQD News:

  • Wide-ranging applications include greenhouse agriculture, medical diagnostics, and telecommunications

UbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based nanotechnology

Following House Passage, Heinrich And Rounds Urge Swift Senate Action To Permanently Repeal Cadillac Tax

on July 22, 2019 - 12:57pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), the bipartisan leads of Senate legislation to permanently repeal the ‘Cadillac Tax,’ applauded the House of Representatives’ passage of the measure.
They also called on the Senate to quickly take up their bill so it can be signed into law.
“Eliminating this onerous tax on employees' health coverage will protect important benefits for workers and ensure that businesses and families get a fair deal,” Heinrich said.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Annette Gates & Lori Padilla

on July 20, 2019 - 7:23am

On the job in Los Alamos are Annette Gates MEd, OM of Golden Willow. left, and Lori Padilla LMHC Licensed Therapist arriving for a meeting Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Alert: Department Of Health Cautions People To Take Precautions To Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

on July 20, 2019 - 6:24am
SANTA FE With temperatures rising to the high 90s in most parts of the state, triple digits in many areas, and with temperatures predicted to remain high over the weekend, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) cautions New Mexicans and visitors to be aware of weather conditions to avoid heat-related illnesses.
“It is very important to take precautions to avoid going to the hospital for heat-related illness,” NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel said.

LAMC Executive Team Washes Contest Winner’s Truck

on July 18, 2019 - 11:05am

During Hospital Week this year Los Alamos Medical Center held a trivia contest for staff with the winner receiving a car or truck wash from the LAMC Executive Team. IT Director Rob Mullikin won the contest. To fulfill their commitment, Chief Executive Officer John Whiteside, left, Chief Nursing Officer Sharon Radcliffe and Chief Financial Officer Jim McGonnell spent a portion of Wednesday morning washing and shining Mullikin’s truck. Courtesy photo

CNO Sharon Radcliffe makes sure CEO John Whiteside keeps cool under the hot sun and a rubber froggy keeps him safe from any possibilty of

Free Hot Lunches At Aspen Elementary Through Aug. 2

on July 17, 2019 - 7:17am

The Summer Food Service Program at Aspen Elementary School provides children under the age of 18 with a free hot lunch and healthy snack 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Courtesy photo


Aspen Elementary School is still the home of free food for children under the age of 18 through Aug. 2.

The Summer Food Service Program is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and provides a free hot lunch and healthy snack. This free lunch is extended to any youth visiting the community during the summer.

Meals are served Monday through Friday, with an option for parents to purchase a meal for

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... The Incredible Ken Hendricks

on July 16, 2019 - 7:12am


Executive Director
This week, I will highlight another community partner. This time, I have selected Home Instead. When picking any type of provider, obviously you must pick the best for you, your family and your situation. My opinions today are based on a number of years of working with Home Instead, on community committees, as a recipient of services, as a viewer from afar, and now as a senior serving agency.
Caution, personal opinions just ahead! The reason Home Instead is successful, in our community is as simple as two words, Ken Hendricks.

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Fights For Communities Impacted By PFAS Contamination

on July 15, 2019 - 6:56am
Congressional Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small continued to fight last week for communities and businesses impacted by PFAS contamination in groundwater around Air Force bases in New Mexico and across the country.
Earlier this year, the New Mexico delegation introduced the PFAS Damages Act to provide relief to communities and businesses affected by PFAS, including farms and ranches in New Mexico that have been upended by PFAS contamination from Cannon Air