Cancer treatments may be effective and save lives, but the side effects can sometimes be as bad as the sickness itself. But that could be changing thanks to a groundbreaking type of radiation therapy that’s being used right here in New Mexico. Reporter David Romero has the story.
Volunteers help make the City of Albuquerque a better place and today those 55 and older were honored with their very own breakfast. The City’s Department of Senior Affairs and Lovelace Medicare Plan held a recognition breakfast for senior volunteers at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town and these volunteers do a little of everything. City Director of Senior Affairs, “You’ll find them in hospitals, school and senior centers.” The City says over 12 hundred senior volunteers have contributed to community service over the past year.
By Rebecca Roybal Jones / Journal Staff Writer
It’s nearing summertime.
And when it’s summertime, it’s time for sun. And if it’s time for sun, it’s time for sunscreen. If it’s time for sunscreen, it’s time for water-play. If it’s time for water-play, it’s time to put on a life jacket and brush up on your crawl stroke. If you’ve been swimming, you’re bound to get hungry and want to grill hot dogs. If you’re going to grill hot dogs, you’ll want to make sure the grill is used in a safe, open area.
Insurance exchange board member Ben Slocum of Lovelace Health Plan, left, and New Mexico Insurance Superintendent John Franchini speak during an exchange board meeting.
By Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter- Albuquerque Business First
The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange board decided not to start over.
Lovelace Westside Hospital ranked third in the Top Workplace category for midsize companies.
The hospital has been providing quality care and the latest in cutting edge medical technology to Rio Rancho and West Side residents for 25 years. With 2,550 inpatient admissions in 2012, the hospital has 80 beds. Outpatient visits totaled 41,905. The emergency room handled 20,517 visits.
A new study by the CDC found that Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder rates among children three to 17 are higher than recent years. The disorder now tops the list at number one for mental health issues of children under 18.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, about four million children have the disorder nationwide. That amounts to about 7 percent of children.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 found that trend does not carry over to New Mexico. Nevada and the Land of Enchantment have the lowest numbers of ADHD cases.
Lovelace and Atrinea Health have partnered to bring a new model for health care to Rio Rancho.
That’s according to Dr. John Cruickshank, the chief medical officer for Lovelace Health System. The model is called patient-centered medical home.
The Rio Rancho primary care clinic is owned and operated by Atrinea, which employs all the clinic’s health care providers — including four primary care doctors who coordinate patient care — and is exclusively for Lovelace Health Plan members.
Derrick Jones leads the Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital, which works with patients recovering from debilitating injuries or illnesses. The hospital works to get people doing day-to-day tasks again, from using an ATM to shopping for groceries.
Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter- Albuquerque Business First
Derrick Jones and his crew at the Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital are on a roll.
Damon Scott, Reporter
Shana Sanchez is a vibrant 34-years old woman and is dealing with her second bout of breast cancer.
Three years ago, Sanchez discovered a lump in her breast and immediately went to doctors who diagnosed it as cancer. She went through chemotherapy and had a lumpectomy which removed the lump and took care of the cancer.
Then in February 2013 cancer showed up again, this time in her other breast.