By Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter- Albuquerque Business First
Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque was the first U.S. hospital to flip a switch and activate a new cancer-fighting technology that the hospital says can zap cancerous tumors in half the time as previous technology did, according to hospital officials.
Lovelace activated the technology, called Dynamic Jaws, about six weeks ago. It’s part of the hospital’s treatment equipment that uses imaging and radiation to treat cancer patients, said Dr. Paul Anthony, medical director of Lovelace’s Cancer Care Program.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is designed, in part, to provide more patients with health insurance through expanded Medicaid eligibility and the introduction of government-run health insurance exchanges that will allow low-income individuals to purchase medical coverage at a subsidized rate.
Congratulations to Lovelace Westside Hospital for being the only hospital in New Mexico to make the Truven Health Analytics top 100 hospital list based on their overall organizational performance.
The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia.
Lovelace Health System has launched a new website at healthcareinformednm.com to get everyone up to speed about health care reform. Lovelace says it’s designed to keep people aware of the changes that are occurring in health care form and how they affect you.
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.
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.