Fifty is Nifty

ABQ Journal

    Now that 50 is the new 40 (or is it 30?) we checked in with six Albuquerque residents celebrating this year. From surprise parties to quiet contemplation, celebrations ranged widely but they all had one thing in common — 50 is big but it sure doesn’t feel old.

Finding balance

    When he turns 50 on Nov. 5, Mayor Richard J. Berry won’t have a mid-life crisis — he had one in his 20s.

    “I was working 80 hours a week to make $17,000 a year,” he says. “Then I figured out you have to have some kind of balance.”

Adelante opens document shredding, imaging center

New Mexico Business Weekly

By Megan Kamerick, Senior Reporter

Adelante Development Center Inc. marked another milestone in its steady growth with the official opening of its new secure document center May 31.

“Behind us is the building that created 110 jobs,” said Mike Kivitz, CEO and president of Adelante. “Most of the employees have significant disabilities, but they want to work. Otherwise, they would require our tax dollars and that’s not what they want.”

Carrots and Sticks

Albuquerque Journal

Employers increasingly incentivize good health with cash prizes, contests
Walk for an hour a day, get $200 from your employer. Go for an annual checkup, get a $10 gift card. Indulge in tobacco, pay an extra $20 a month for health insurance.

Companies including several major employers in the Albuquerque area are increasingly using carrots and sticks to induce their workers to more closely monitor their health and to adopt healthier lifestyles, in hopes of lowering medical insurance costs, according to some benefits experts.

Holding the line: Pilot program uses collaboration to reduce medical costs

ABQ Journal

By Amanda Schoenberg

A pilot program to change how doctors and hospitals bill Medicare has lowered costs and reduced readmission rates in the first year. 

In 2009, Lovelace Health System was chosen for the Acute Care Episode demonstration program, in which hospitals receive one “bundled” payment from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for in-patient orthopedic and cardiac procedures. Before the project, doctors and hospitals billed separately for Part A and Part B care. 

Recess is back at some Albuquerque schools - and it's better than ever



This year there's been some big changes to recess at several Albuquerque elementary schools - and students say it's all for the better.

A new program called Playworks started this year in seven schools. So far, bullying is down and physical activity is up.

Recess at Griegos Elementary School has changed a lot since last year. Students still get to choose what they want to do during their break, but now, it's recess with a purpose.

It's goal driven. It's simple and the kids love it.

Jonathan Baca is a 5th grader at Griegos.

Lovelace Medical Center Adds the Latest in Robotic Surgery Technology

Prime Time Magazine

Lovelace Medical Center is pleased to announce it has acquired the next generation of da Vinci surgical robotic technology.  This model features a robotic simulator and fluorescence imaging, which give surgeons the ability to perform the most precise, technologically advanced and safe surgery.

Baby Steps

Albuquerque Journal

By Amanda Schoenberg Journal Staff Writer 
Los Lunas resident Kelly Beraun almost lost her son Jaiden three times. The first time was just after he and his twin, Benjamin, were born in May 2010 at 25 weeks. The first time he cried, he popped a hole in his lung and doctors thought he wouldn’t survive. He pulled through.

A week later, Jaiden perforated his intestine and was rushed into emergency surgery for necrotizing enterocolitis, a common gastrointestinal problem among premature babies that can destroy the intestines.