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DOH: Opioid Prescribing Measures Show Improvement

on October 14, 2018 - 4:57am
NMDOH News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) has announced continued progress in addressing prescription drug overdose in New Mexico with its latest state quarterly prescribing report showing improved prescribing practices for opioids.
 
Opioid prescriptions dropped nearly 12 percent compared to the second quarter of last year. This reduction in prescribing comes after Governor Susana Martinez enacted legislation making it mandatory for healthcare providers to check a patient’s prescription history in the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)database when

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month ... Local Task Force Supports #SurvivorSpeaks Movement

on October 9, 2018 - 3:14pm

Los Alamos Police Officers, John Hughes of Metzger's in White Rock and Chamisa Guidance Councilor Michelangelo Loboto painted the rock Oct. 15, 2014 in White Rock in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

ADVTF News:

In conjunction with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Los Alamos Domestic Violence Task Force (LADVTF) looks forward to bringing awareness to Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October by showing support of the #SurvivorSpeaks movement. 

They also are painting the “Rock” in White Rock noon to 1 p.m. Oct.

JJAB Appreciates Generosity Surrounding Health Fair

on October 6, 2018 - 4:39am

Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) Chair Alan Kirk presents Nicole Fellers with a gift backet filled with donated items. JJAB would like to thank its very special donors from this year’s Health Fair. First, thanks much to Phil Gursky and the Heart Council for the excellent job they do in putting on the fair every year. JJAB also thanks them for their donation of bike helmets to the JJAB school distribution program. In addition, JJAB thanks the generous donors for a gift basket that was raffled off during the Fair: CB FOX, Pig and Fig, RubyK’s and Smiths.

Udall And Other Senators Demand Full Transparency On EPA’s Plans For Children’s Health Office

on October 6, 2018 - 4:37am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) wrote to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler expressing their strong concern over the future of the EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection (OCHP) and the EPA’s mission to safeguard the health of America’s youth in light of recent reports.
 
The letter follows EPA’s unexplained placement of the OCHP Director, Dr.

Lee Bussolini Retires From Los Alamos Medical Center

on October 5, 2018 - 4:55pm
Longtime Los Alamos Medical Center Nurse Lee Bussolini, left, is retiring from the hospital. Bussolini posed at her retirement Thursday in the LAMC lobby with her good friend and fellow emergency room nurse Dianne Vandiver. Bussolini has a long history with the hospital. Her father Dr. Oakes, was a surgeon there starting in 1947. She began her own service at the hospital as a candy striper during high school and returned to the hospital as a nurse after receiving her degree. Bussolini also served as school nurse in Los Alamos before returning to work at LAMC.

Santa Fe Walk To End Alzheimers Oct. 20

on October 5, 2018 - 9:04am
Alzheimer’s Association News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is pleased to announce that the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Walk to End Alzheimer’s is at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Santa Fe Plaza.
 
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event for raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. All citizens and media in Santa Fe and surrounding communities are invited to participate in this colorful and touching event.
 
To register, or for information call 800.272.3900 or log onto

Meet New Chief Nursing Officer At LAMC

on October 4, 2018 - 5:20am

Chief Nursing Officer Sharon Radcliffe
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Medical Center has hired a new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).

CNO Sharon Radcliffe replaces Lisa Wallace who moved to another hospital owned by parent company LifePoint.

She describes the small-town atmosphere at LAMC as being one of the best aspects about working there.

“It allows me to get to know everyone personally … I came here from a hospital with more than 2,300 employees and it was hard to know more than a handful,” she said.

A Season Of Results ... Local Advocate Walks Final Cancer Fundraising Event

on October 4, 2018 - 5:10am

Nancy Partridge, left, and Martha Lauer Cowley complete the Susan G. Komen 3-day cancer walk. Courtesy photo

By NANCY PARTRIDGE
Los Alamos

Saturday, Oct. 6, is the final breast cancer fundraising event of the season for me. I’ll be walking five miles in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event at Villa Linda Park in Santa Fe.

This is the first time I have participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event.

Nambe Drug Donates $1 For Each Flu Shot To Charity

on October 4, 2018 - 4:47am
Tom, Frances and Callen Lovett at their family business, Nambe Drug in Los Alamos. They also own a store in Santa Fe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
It won't hurt a bit! Tom Lovett administers a flu shot. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Lovett family opened Nambe Drug 3.5 years ago in Central Park Square, off Central Avenue in Los Alamos. They opened a branch six months later at 501 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

“Since Los Alamos and Santa Fe have been so good to us, we wanted to give back

Los Alamos Council On Cancer Lecture Features Oncologist Dr. Tim Lopez Oct. 15

on October 3, 2018 - 12:25pm

Dr. Tim Lopez

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos’s new oncologist Dr. Tim Lopez will be the featured speaker Monday, Oct. 15 at the annual Los Alamos Council on Cancer lecture.

Dr. Lopez will discuss “New Directions in Cancer Diagnosis and Treatments: Precision Medicine” at the First Baptist Church.

The lecture is designed to cover material the general public will understand, while at the same time going into sufficient depth to provide continuing education for nurses and allied professionals.

The evening begins with a light dinner, served 5:15-6 p.m., and the lecture begins at 6 p.m.

Cold War Patriots Celebrates 10th Annual Official National Day Of RemembranceTM

on October 3, 2018 - 8:41am

CWP News:

DENVER, Colo. – Cold War Patriots (CWP), a community resource organization that is the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for nuclear weapons and uranium worker benefits, will commemorate the 10th Annual Official Cold War Patriots National Day of Remembrance™ in October with events across the country

Each year, the U.S. Senate passes a bipartisan resolution that designates Oct.

Elder Abuse Report Released By New Mexico State Advisory Committee Of U.S. Commission On Civil Rights

on October 2, 2018 - 3:44pm

NNMC News:

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is proud to announce the release of a report on elder abuse by our New Mexico state Advisory Committee.

The Committee identified five dynamics in the state that increase the risk of abuse for elders: 

• Widespread poverty and lack of affordable services available to elders and caregivers;

• Underreporting suspicion of abuse by caretakers, providers, and elders themselves;

•  Structural weaknesses in the healthcare system that allow abuse to go undetected;

• Lack of enforcement of existing laws and regulations designed to protect elders;

Governor: Pathology Software Company Expands

on October 1, 2018 - 3:49pm
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Thursday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that Indica Labs, a homegrown technology company, will create up to 58 new jobs and invest more than $3 million in its new headquarters location in Albuquerque.
 
The expansion is being supported by New Mexico's closing fund, LEDA.
 
"We're proud to see another great employer expand in New Mexico as we continue to grow our thriving science and technology sector," Martinez said.

Del Norte Credit Union Celebrates International Credit Union Day By Giving Back In A Big Way

on October 1, 2018 - 12:42pm

DNCU News:

  • Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative is donating $5 for new memberships opened in October to the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico

SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) is excited to announce an October fundraiser benefiting the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico. The decision to raise funds and awareness began with a reflection on what credit unions are known for—giving back and being helpful community partners. DNCU and other credit unions around the world celebrate International Credit Union (ICU) Day’s 70th anniversary Oct. 18.

DNCU will showcase a platinum

Holistic Health Fair Underway At Co+Op Until 2 p.m.

on September 29, 2018 - 1:00pm

A Holistic Health Fair is underway until 2 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market at 95 Endrada Dr. Nine vendors have booths where they are meeting with community members, answering questions and distributing information about their products and services, including representatives from Ten Moons Collective, Fitness Hardware, Los Alamos Chiropractic Center, Zia Elemental School of Permaculture and Herbalism, First Born Los Alamos, Debra Dalton Massage Therapy, High Desert Nutrition, Taos Bee and Second Bloom Farm Goat Milk Soap and Skincare. Photo by Terra Hite 

Executive Director

Luján, Tonko Addiction Treatment Bill Included In Opioid Package Agreement

on September 29, 2018 - 10:50am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. It was announced Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s (D-NM) bipartisan addiction treatment bill, H.R. 3692: Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act, was included in the final opioid package agreement that was negotiated between the House and Senate.
 
In the Senate, companion legislation was led by Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Susan Collins (R-ME).
 
U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko
 
“When an individual in the throes of addiction reaches out for

MANNM Diabetes Walk/Run At Rover Park Oct. 6

on September 29, 2018 - 9:59am

MANNM News:

Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico (MANNM) invites all members of the public to join in its first Diabetes 1 mile/ 3.2 mile Walk/Run.

The event is Oct. 6 at Rover Park in White Rock to raise awareness for Diabetes.

The CDC reports:

  • More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, and one in four don’t know they have it;
  • More than 84 million US adults—over a third—have​ ​prediabetes​, and 90 percent of them don’t know they have it; and
  • Diabetes is the 7​th​ leading cause of death in the United States (and may be underreported).

The incidence of diabetes is

LifePoint 2018 Mercy Award Recipient Is Patrick Fisher

on September 28, 2018 - 11:41am

LifePoint 2018 Mercy Award recipient Patrick Fisher with his supervisor Kathy Hadley at the hospital board meeting Thursday night at LAMC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Health Information Management Technician Patrick Fisher of Los Alamos Medical Center is the recipient of the prestigious LifePoint 2018 Mercy Award.

Fisher was honored during the monthly hospital board meeting Thursday evening at LAMC.

CEO John Whiteside commended Fisher on earning the award.

“We are extremely proud to recognize Patrick for his

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Announces Funding For NM In Health Care And Defense Appropriations Minibus

on September 27, 2018 - 7:59am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has announced strong support for New Mexico priorities in the FY 2019 Defense and Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Minibus, including funding to address the ongoing opioids crisis, improve public education, and strengthen our national security.

“This package includes funding for programs that are critical to public health and education efforts in New Mexico, while providing continued support for our servicemen and women,” Luján said.

State Health Department Confirms First Cases Of Flu

on September 27, 2018 - 7:13am

It is that time of year for flu shots. Courtesy image

NMDOH News:

Recently, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced the first laboratory confirmed cases of flu of the 2018-2019 season.

All three persons, ages 8, 11 and 13 years of age, live in Quay County and reported no recent out of state travel.

“We encourage New Mexicans to get their seasonal flu vaccination – the sooner the better,” NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Lynn Gallagher said. “The exact timing and duration of flu season changes year-to-year, but flu activity often begins to heighten in October.

The Department of

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

on September 27, 2018 - 6:05am

Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler, center, presents a proclamation declaring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Among those accepting the proclamation were Nancy Partridge, second from right, and Los Alamos Council on Cancer President Dianne Hammon, right. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By NANCY PARTRIDGE
Los Alamos

Tuesday, the Los Alamos County approved a proclamation declaring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The proclamation:

WHEREAS: According to the American Cancer Society, this year, 268,670 people will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the U.S.;

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $400,000 In Rural Opioid Grants For Rio Arriba County

on September 25, 2018 - 6:04am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Monday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded two grants totaling $400,000 to combat the opioid epidemic in Rio Arriba County.
 
The County of Rio Arriba and El Centro Family Health each received $200,000 in grants through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to support the treatment and prevention of substance use disorder (SUD) in rural high-risk

NM Department Of Health, Bernalillo County Reveal Plans To Expand Drug & Alcohol Treatment Resources

on September 24, 2018 - 1:06pm

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced plans to relocate Turquoise Lodge Hospital (TLH) to the former Gibson Medical Center at 5400 Gibson Blvd. SE, in Albuquerque, to expand their services.

The move also will enable Bernalillo County to expand behavioral health services utilizing the space left vacant by the transition. The relocation will help align both state and county resources to better address the behavioral health and substance misuse treatment needs in New Mexico. The move will take place in December 2018.

Moving TLH enables both government

Los Alamos School Children Get Pinkies Painted Purple To Help Eradicate Polio

on September 24, 2018 - 7:32am

The Purple Pinkie Project is the Rotary Club effort to eradicate Polio. Courtesy/Rotary

ROTARY News:

Volunteers through the Rotary Club of Los Alamos will visit local elementary schools at lunch Monday, Oct. 22 to raise money for polio eradication.

In 1985, Rotary International began raising funds in an effort to eliminate Polio worldwide. Polio has not been a problem in the United States for many years, but this is not the case in many developing countries.

HDA Statement On Senate Passage Of Legislation To Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic

on September 22, 2018 - 4:48pm
HDA CEO John M. Gray
 
HDA News:
 
ARLINGTON, VA — Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) President and CEO John M. Gray released the following statement on the Senate passage of comprehensive opioid legislation, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6):
 
“We applaud the bipartisan passage of this legislation, which represents a comprehensive approach and critical step forward in advancing meaningful solutions to the opioid crisis.
 
“To strengthen and improve communication between distributors and the DEA, HDA and its members strongly support two core provisions — Sec.

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