The first day of school is quickly approaching for a lot of New Mexico students. It's also the time where parents are preparing their kids with the proper school supplies, but it's also a good time to remind parents that the kids need to have their proper immunization shots before returning to school.
Doctors say there are shots for whooping cough, measles and tetanus. Most of these are boosters for ones that kids received as infants.
Local health experts want to remind parents about immunization shots as they get their kids ready to head back to school.
Dr. Rebecca Webb with Lovelace Westside Hospital said kids should get their shots as they enter kindergarten, 6th grade and 9th grade. But if your kids are in other grades, make sure you have proof that they got the immunization shots.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 wanted to know why these shots were so important. Dr. Webb told KOB the shots protect kids from infectious diseases.
By Winthrop Quigley/Journal Staff Writer
At the same time payers are using incentives to encourage better medical care, employers and insurance companies are trying to use other incentives to get people to reduce demand for services by taking better care of themselves.
It's easier said than done, according to John Iacuone, Lovelace Health Plan chief medical officer.
By Bill Plaschke
He was one step short of fame, one moment shy of memorable.
Gilberto Reyes is resting his graying head in his giant hands after spending eight hours carrying and cleaning folks at a nursing home. He is tired, but he has a story. It is a story about a brush with greatness so brief and unlikely it still doesn't seem real. In the 25th-anniversary season of the last and most improbable Dodgers championship, it is the most perfect of stories.
"Let me tell you about the minute I spent at the World Series," he says.
JOHN IACUONE, M.D., chief medical officer for the Lovelace Health Plan, has been promoted to chief medical officer for all Lovelace hospitals in addition to being chief medical officer for the Lovelace Health Plan. Iacuone joined Lovelace Health Plan in 2011 and previously worked as the executive director and chief medical officer for five years at the Children’s Hospital of SW Florida in the Lee Memorial Health System. He has over 25 years’ experience practicing in both general pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology in Lubbock, Texas.
If you have any questions about health care, Lovelace Health Plan wants to help. They'll be hosting a town hall meeting Wednesday night in northeast Albuquerque.
Starting October 1, millions of people will be able to get private health care plans. This, of course, is under President Obama's healthcare overhaul. Lovelace wants to make sure it's easy for New Mexicans to understand how this will impact them.
At Wednesday night’s town hall meeting, Lovelace will explain the Patient Protection Act and will teach people how to get health care.
Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter- Albuquerque Business First
Lovelace Health System will host a town hall meeting on July 24 for individuals and businesses that want to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and the state’s health insurance exchange.
The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites hotel in Albuquerque, Lovelace said in a news release.
The event is free and open to the public.
They say laughter is the best medicine, and music soothes the soul. One Albuquerque man is doing just that for patients at Lovelace Medical Center--with a joke and a song.
He's known around Lovelace Medical Center as Elvis. The sideburns might give him away, but it's the guitar that gives him his name. "Whenever I swipe out on my card is when I pick up my guitar," said Charlie Miller.
Miller has worked for Lovelace for almost five decades. He clocks in to work, then out to sing. "I think music heals," Miller said. "I like lifting their spirits."
Marlene Baca, Chief Programs Officer for Lovelace Health Plan, was the featured guest on the Bob Clark radio show. Marlene discussed health care reform, health care exchanges and answered viewer calls.
ELDIE CRUZ, M.D., has joined the Lovelace Medical Group as a board-certified general surgeon. Cruz previously worked as the chief of surgery at Mason General Hospital in Shelton, Wash. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from New Mexico Highlands University; a medical degree from UNM; and completed a residency in general surgery, also at UNM.
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