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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/


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


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/

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
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


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


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.

LAMC Supports Family Y Healthy Communities Mission

on September 21, 2018 - 8:40am

The Family YMCA 2018 Board of Directors includes front row from left, Past President Christina Sierk, John Whiteside, President Lou Santoro and Treasurer Chris Ortega. Back row from left, Elizabeth Bezzerides, Cheryl Sowder, Laura Crucet and Allison Majure. Not shown, Debbie Huling, Shay Kendricks, Matt Schmidt, Eric Vasquez and Janelle Vigil-Maestas. Courtesy/YMCA

The Family YMCA at 1450 Iris St. in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/YMCA


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Family YMCA mission is to build individual, family and community strength by

Udall, Heinrich On Bill Prohibiting ‘Gag Clauses’ That Cause Consumers To Overpay For Prescriptions

on September 21, 2018 - 8:03am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced the passage of the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act to put an end to the use of "gag clauses" by health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers, an egregious practice that conceals lower prescription drug prices from patients at the pharmacy, causing consumers to needlessly overpay.
The bipartisan bill, introduced by U.S.

Rutgers Teaches Caregivers To Focus On Themselves

on September 20, 2018 - 2:08pm
UBHC News:
Family members who care for loved ones with mental or physical disabilities are at risk for increased stress, which can affect not only their health but also the health of the person in their charge. Often, these individuals must balance care with work and other family commitments, leaving little time to attend to their own health and wellbeing.
George Brice of Willingboro, New Jersey, began experiencing from “compassion fatigue” and depression after his father passed away last year, leaving him as the sole caregiver for his sister who lives with schizoaffective disorder.

Co+Op Hosts Holistic Health Fair Sept. 29

on September 18, 2018 - 9:35am

Bernalillo County Champions ‘Medicaid Buy-In’

on September 18, 2018 - 9:29am
The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners, after hearing from NM Together for Healthcare leaders from Bernalillo County, passed a resolution Sept. 11 that supports the state’s commitment to exploring an innovative proposal to allow New Mexicans to purchase health insurance coverage through Medicaid -- including those who do not qualify for Medicaid or cannot afford to use their current insurance.
“The Medicaid Buy-in plan is important because insurance is very expensive, and all New Mexicans need healthcare coverage,” said Reyna Tovar, a Partnership for

SVHsupport Renamed Anchorum St. Vincent

on September 18, 2018 - 6:17am
ASV News:
SANTA FE — Sept. 13, Santa Fe-based SVHsupport, one of the largest nonprofit charitable organizations in the State of New Mexico providing financial and strategic support to CHRISTUS St. Vincent, has announced the company’s new name – Anchorum St. Vincent – as it celebrates its 10-year partnership with CHRISTUS Health as the 50 percent community owner of CHRISTUS St. Vincent.


Anchorum also unveiled its new vision for serving as a nonprofit community health impact organization, improving the well-being and quality of life for the people of Santa Fe and northern New Mexico.

Lujan Grisham Requests Funding For National Caregiving Grants

on September 17, 2018 - 6:06am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) led a bipartisan letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) to request $10 million in Care Corps grant funding in the fiscal year 2019 LHHS Appropriations bill.
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been working to enact and fund Care Corps grants since her first term in Congress.

More Scenes From 2018 Los Alamos Health Fair

on September 16, 2018 - 7:37am

EMS Division Chief Ben Stone, second from left, and his crew are all smiles as they meet with community members Saturday during the 2018 Los Alamos Health Fair in Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School. The Los Alamos Heart Council, in partnership with the Los Alamos Medical Center sponsored the 33rd Annual Los Alamos Health Fair filled with vendors promoting healthy lifestyles and offering healthcare resources to some 2,000 visitors to the event. For more information, visit Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

From left, Los Alamos Medical Center's Dr.

Scenes From 2018 Los Alamos Health Fair

on September 15, 2018 - 2:52pm
The 2018 Los Alamos Health Fair drew a big crowd today to Griffith Gymnasium. The bike helmet giveaway is always a popular part of the Health Fair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Self Help Executive Director Maura Taylor, left, chats with a visitor to the Health Fair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The volunteers from the Hospital Auxilary welcome Fair Visitors. These are the ladies who know where it's at! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
It won't hurt a bit. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Health Fair crowd. Photo by Bonnie J.

Los Alamos Health Fair Underway Until Noon Today!

on September 15, 2018 - 8:58am

AGU: U.S. Wildfire Smoke Deaths May Double By 2100

on September 15, 2018 - 7:48am
A helicopter drops water on the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., as firefighters continue to battle the blaze in 2012. Courtesy/U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock
This image, captured by the NOAA-20 satellite’s VIIRS instrument Aug. 19, 2018, shows thick plumes of smoke over British Columbia. Courtesy/NOAA
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of deaths associated with the inhalation of wildfire smoke in the U.S. could double by the end of the century, according to new research.
A new study simulating the effects of wildfire smoke on human

Luján Introduces Legislation Leveraging Telehealth To Combat Opioid Epidemic

on September 14, 2018 - 4:58pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced the Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Treatment via Telehealth Act, which would provide states with options to leverage telehealth to increase services and treatment for Medicaid patients.
Similar legislation authored by Senator Carper was included in the Senate opioid package, the Opioid Crisis Response Act, as section 2203. The House version introduced by Luján contains additional language that focuses on treatment for individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness and

Los Alamos Health Fair Guide Now Online

on September 13, 2018 - 5:19pm

Nancy Partridge Walks To Fight Breast Cancer

on September 13, 2018 - 9:34am

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A sea of pink tents during the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk. Courtesy photo

Even the port-a-potties showcase support for the fight against breast cancer during the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

By the time you read this I will be in Seattle.

Along with a few thousand people, I will be walking 60 miles in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day to raise funds for breast cancer research, education and treatment.

I am walking in gratitude for the early detection that prevented me from having a difficult journey and I am walking for all the reasons I

NMDOH Recommends Clients Of VIP Spa In Albuquerque Receive Testing For Blood-Borne Infections

on September 11, 2018 - 4:24pm
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is today recommending that certain persons who received any type of injection related service, including a vampire facial, at the VIP Spa (located at 809 Tijeras Avenue, NW Suite B, Albuquerque) come to the Midtown Public Health Office at 2400 Wellesley Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this week for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C lab testing and counseling.
“It is very important that anyone who received a vampire facial or other injection related service at the VIP Spa in May or June of 2018 come

Santa Fe Imaging Opens Facility In Los Alamos

on September 9, 2018 - 9:32am

MANNM 5K Or 1 Mile Run/Walk For Diabetes Oct. 6

on September 7, 2018 - 3:30pm