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Council Discusses Youth Services In The Community

on December 6, 2018 - 9:28am
Los Alamos County Councilor Morris Pongratz listens to the presentations regarding local youth services during the Tuesday night council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 

Los Alamos Public Schools Healthy Schools Initiative Director Kristine Coblentz discusses the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey with council. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos isn’t immune to homelessness, suicide, abuse or drug use; in fact there are a multitude of local programs and agencies working to address and

AG Balderas Secures Jail Sentence For Woman Who Stole Thousands Of Dollars From Elderly Patients

on December 6, 2018 - 9:01am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that Leanne Bennett was sentenced to one and a half years in the department of corrections for stealing from elderly patients who suffered from dementia.

The Office of the Attorney General secured 11 felony convictions against Bennett for stealing more than $30,000 from elderly residents while working as an office manager at the Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque between 2012 and 2013.

Bennett was sentenced by Judge Charles Brown to one and a half years

Meet Los Alamos Fire Department’s New Paramedics

on December 6, 2018 - 2:19am
Courtesy/LAFD
 
By BENJAMIN STONE and DONNA MCHENRY
LAFD EMS Division

A paramedic is a health care professional responsible for providing emergency medical assistance to patients in their homes and while transporting to a hospital. Paramedics are the first line medical personnel that treat everything from heart attacks to injuries from motor vehicle accidents.

LAFD paramedics respond to our community’s 911 calls. As the first healthcare providers at the scene of emergency situations, they collaborate with local emergency physicians and the police to evaluate critical situations.

Udall, Hatch Introduce Smoke Free Schools Act To Combat E-Cigs In Schools

on December 5, 2018 - 11:03am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced The Smoke Free Schools Act of 2018 to help school districts and local education agencies combat the surge of e-cigarette use in schools.
 
The legislation would ban e-cigarette use in educational and childcare facilities, and clarify that state and local education agencies can use grant funding for e-cigarette prevention programs.

Letter To The Editor: Assumptions Regarding New Mexico Health Security Plan Are Incorrect

on December 5, 2018 - 9:18am
By Tyler Taylor, MD
Los Alamos

In his letter “Council’s Action on Health Care” (link) of Nov. 17, 2018, Richard Nebel made several assumptions regarding the NM Health Security Plan, which I believe are incorrect. One is that this statewide co-op style plan would be run by “the same people who brought us DMV“. In fact, the HSP would not be run by a state government department. Instead, it would be managed by an independent, geographically-representative commission of 15 citizens serving on a per diem basis.

The transparency requirements for this commission are very high, and it’s members

Governor-Elect Lujan Grisham Announces Additional Members To Health & Human Services Transition Teams

on December 2, 2018 - 6:48am

From the Office of Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced new members of her government transition teams. These teams will be responsible for providing the Governor-Elect with detailed reviews of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, Children Youth and Families Department, Department of Health and Human Services Department as part of the gubernatorial transition process.

The transition teams will engage with key stakeholders and current government agency personnel and provide detailed strategic recommendations on improving state

SFCC Nurses Pinning Ceremony Dec. 5

on November 30, 2018 - 9:53am
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College hosts a Nurses Pinning Ceremony at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the Jemez Rooms on campus at 6401 Richards Ave.
 
The pinning ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition that dates back to the 1860s when Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition for her service during the Crimean War. To share the honor, she in turn presented the medal of excellence to her brightest graduates. By 1916, the practice of pinning new nursing graduates was standard throughout the U.S.
 
Of Note:

Heinrich Fights To Improve Care For Military Families Covered By TRICARE

on November 30, 2018 - 9:40am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing held Thursday to consider the nomination of Thomas McCaffery to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) pressed McCaffery on improving delivery of care for TRICARE West, which serves military retirees, service members, and military families – including 83,800 TRICARE beneficiaries in New Mexico.
 
 
During the hearing, Heinrich raised concerns over

Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Legislation To Help Improve Veterans’ Health Care

on November 29, 2018 - 8:30am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Angus King (I-Maine), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), introduced bipartisan legislation to help improve veterans’ health care by increasing collaboration among federal agencies and authorizing the Department of Energy's (DOE) national laboratories, including Los Alamos National Laboratory, to develop technologies that solve complex data challenges.
 
“We need to do everything we can to improve health care for our veterans.

Dementia Caregiving Course Offered At Old Town Mission Community Center In Las Vegas Dec. 1

on November 23, 2018 - 11:04am
ALZHEIMERS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free education course in Las Vegas, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
The “Skills for Dementia Caregiving Workshop” is a FREE program designed for family and friends caring for a loved one with dementia, and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter. The course is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday Dec. 1, at Old Town Mission Community Center (home of The SPOT) 1413 Chavez St., Las Vegas, NM 87701.
 
For more information or directions, call

LAMC Thanks Staff For Many Years Of Services

on November 23, 2018 - 7:53am

Los Alamos Medical Center celebrates significant anniversaries for its employees Nov. 15 with a special dinner in the community room at the Los Alamos Golf Course, recognizing and thanking them for their many years of service. Staff celebrating 35 to 46 year anniversaries include from left, Rosalie Maestas - Materials Management, Doris Bell - Imaging and Lori Coffelt, RN, Deb Maes, RN and Dianne Vandiver, RN. Courtesy photo

LAMC staff celebrating five and more years honored at a special dinner in the community room at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Courtesy photo

Governor: November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

on November 22, 2018 - 1:16pm
NMDOH News:

New Mexicans could be prediabetic or diabetic without knowing it.

Paths to Health NM: Tools for Healthier Living is an initiative that includes several prevention and self-management programs Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Diabetes Prevention and Control Program recognize November as Diabetes Awareness Month, the annual health observance increasing awareness about the impact of diabetes for residents, families, and their communities in our state.

Governor Martinez has signed a Diabetes Awareness Month Proclamation naming November as

Los Alamos County Council Approves Resolution Supporting Health Security Act

on November 22, 2018 - 7:37am
Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council joined with 16 other New Mexico counties and 20 other cities when it unanimously approved a resolution to show support for the Health Security Act.

The resolution, which was introduced by Councilor Pete Sheehey Nov. 13 during the regular council meeting, was passed 5-0. Councilors Susan O’Leary and Rick Reiss were absent.

In an interview with the Daily Post after the meeting, Sheehey said that Los Alamos adding itself to the list of entities that support

Researchers Discover How ‘Cryptic’ Connections In Disease Transmission Influence Epidemics

on November 21, 2018 - 3:13pm
Researchers Kate Langwig, Joseph Hoyt and Jennifer Redell tag bats with fluorescent dust and observed their movements to track hidden connections that can spread disease within and between bat species. Courtesy/Virginia Tech
 
VIRGINIA TECH News:
 
Diseases have repeatedly spilled over from wildlife to humans, causing local to global epidemics, such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, SARS and Nipah.
 
A new study by researchers of disease transmission in bats has broad implications for understanding hidden or “Cryptic” connections that can spread diseases between species and lead to large-scale

Food Safety Alert: Don’t Eat Romaine Lettuce!

on November 21, 2018 - 7:23am

The CDC cautions consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home to not eat it and to throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Courtesy photo

CDC News Alert:

The Centers for Disease Control, (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, Canada, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce.

The CDC is advising that U.S.

Diabetes 101: What You Should Know...

on November 19, 2018 - 6:01am

Dr. Glendon Cook

LAMC News:

Diabetes is one of the biggest health issues facing Americans today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes.

That’s one in 10 Americans. And one in four of those who have it don’t know they have it. These are troubling statistics, particularly because diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

But just what is diabetes? Who is at risk? And how can it be prevented? Here’s a quick primer.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that develops when your body’s ability to make

Letter To The Editor: Council’s Action On Health Care

on November 17, 2018 - 5:58am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos
 

This is a response to the County Council’s recent action on health care. I have a couple of chronic conditions that incur medical expenses that are about $3,000/month. Three years ago I didn’t have either of these problems, but when you get older medical issues can show up very quickly. Right now I have Medicare backed up by the Lab’s medical insurance. I don’t have co-pays or deductibles, so it works out well for me.

Since most people in Los Alamos do or did work at the lab, my health care benefits are pretty typical.

LifePoint And RCCH Merger Now Complete

on November 16, 2018 - 9:46am
By JOHN WHITESIDE
LAMC CEO

LifePoint Health and RCCH HealthCare Partners have completed their merger and will now begin operating as one, united company under the LifePoint Health name.

As part of the LifePoint network, Los Alamos Medical Center is now connected to an even stronger network of community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers and post-acute facilities that spans 30 states. This will give us new opportunities to grow and thrive in the rapidly evolving, competitive healthcare landscape.

While there are great opportunities ahead, much about

Los Alamos School Board Meeting Summary

on November 16, 2018 - 6:56am

Standing from left, Los Alamos Heart Council Chair Phil Gursky, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and LAMC CEO John Whiteside donate an AED to provide potentially life-saving first aid for students and spectators at Sullivan Field. Courtesy photo

School Board member Stephen Boerigter listens as Los Alamos High School science teachers Debbie Grothaus and Stephanie Mitchell present information about the transition to Next Generation Science Standards in classroom instruction. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School’s Board met for a regular school board meeting Tuesday, Nov.

Udall On FDA’s Proposal To Limit Sales Of E-Cigs

on November 15, 2018 - 9:34am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the budget for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has released the following statement after the FDA proposed plans to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes, and e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs subsequently announced that it would take steps to curtail sales of its flavored products in retail stores.
 
The FDA’s proposal and JUUL Labs’ announcement comes after mounting public pressure in response to a surge in vaping using e-cigarettes among

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Preventing A Silent Killer

on November 15, 2018 - 8:55am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency


According to the National Safety Council, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning each year.

Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer because it’s odorless, colorless, tasteless, and can easily go undetected. When the cold temperatures start to hit, what’s the first thing we do? We turn on our furnaces to heat our home and tightly seal our windows. If your furnace is emitting poisonous gases, you are trapping them in your house.

Here are a few things you do to help prevent this silent and deadly killer.

UNM-LA Designated EMT National Registry Test Site

on November 13, 2018 - 5:45am
At the Advanced Adult Airway station, student Michael Crockett demonstrates his skill for proctor Kenny Anderson. Photo by Steve Dawald

Student Joe Martinez performs CPR on the manikin at the Cardiac Arrest Management station, observed by proctor John Bialy. Photo by Steve Dawald

UNMLA News:

UNM–Los Alamos (UNM-LA) was recently designated as a test site for the National Registry Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam.

The University is now authorized to offer Basic, Advanced and Paramedic Psychomotor National Registry exams. Tests will be scheduled and coordinated as needed.

Through

Are You Covered? Health Insurance Marketplace Now Open Through Dec. 15

on November 9, 2018 - 9:55am
By JOHN WHITESIDE
LAMC CEO

Nov. 1 marked the beginning of open enrollment for 2019 health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Since debuting in 2013, the Health Insurance Marketplace has provided access to low-cost healthcare coverage for millions who would otherwise be without health insurance or who are interested in taking advantage of more cost-effective alternatives to their current coverage.

“Having health insurance is an important step to achieving and maintaining good health, and the Health Insurance Marketplace has made access to comprehensive coverage a

MANNM’s Dr. Gary Jacques Speaks At Rotary

on November 9, 2018 - 7:11am

Dr. Gary Jacques, who moved to Los Alamos earlier this year with his wife Karen, spoke at Rotary recently about his career with Hope Worldwide, a faith-based, international charity ‘that changes lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and needy’. His work of 16 years took him to 40 countries; of those, Cambodia remains one of his most rewarding and memorable experiences. It was there in 2001 that he personally observed the appalling and filthy conditions of a major hospital.

Sheehey: In Support Of NM Health Security Act

on November 7, 2018 - 2:56pm

By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

The Health Security Act (“HSA”, www.nmhealthsecurity.org) is a legislative proposal that has been developed over many years to ensure that all New Mexicans will have comprehensive, affordable and quality health coverage. LANL employees and retirees enjoy good health care insurance, but many in Los Alamos still struggle with the cost of health care.

Continually increasing costs are a serious problem that impacts our state and local government budgets as well as family finances.

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