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LAMC Celebrates Longtime Staff Members

on November 10, 2017 - 10:48am

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside honors the hospital's longest serving staff member, Dianne Vandiver, RN, for her 45 years of dedicated service to the hospital during a ‘Significant Anniversaryappreciation dinner Tuesday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAMC staff members celebrating 5 to 45 years of service gather for a group photo early Tuesday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Jacqui Carroll/LAMC
LAMC staff at Tuesday's appreciation event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAMC CEO John Whiteside, Chief Nursing

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Holds Roundtable Discussion On Opioid Crisis In Indian Country

on November 10, 2017 - 7:54am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Presses administration for action to help Native communities fight the opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from and learn about best practices from Tribes, the federal government, and industry for responding to the opioid crisis in Indian Country.

LAVNS Among New Mexico Home Health Agencies Receiving 2017 HealthInsight Quality Awards

on November 10, 2017 - 7:00am
ALBUQUERQUE — Nineteen home health agencies across New Mexico, including Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services, were recognized for their commitment to improving performance and promoting patient-centered care.
The HealthInsight Quality Award Program promotes transparency in health care. Since 2004, the program has recognized nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies and outpatient medical practices and clinics in Utah and Nevada.
This year, HealthInsight New Mexico and the New Mexico Association for Home & Hospice Care partnered to launch the program in New

Nearly 635,000 New Mexican Adults Have Prediabetes: Only One In Five Knows It

on November 9, 2017 - 7:34am

NMDH News:

This test asks you to answer a few quick questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Your results are reported as a score indicating low or high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Diabetes Prevention and Control Program encourages residents to both learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and take preventive steps to potentially reduce developing the disease.

Almost 635,000 New Mexican adults have

CDC: Be Prepared To Stay Safe And Healthy In Winter

on November 9, 2017 - 7:23am

CDC News:

Though winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

Take These Steps for Your Home

Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.

Winterize your home

  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
  • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
  • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Check

LAFD Fills The Boot For MDA

on November 9, 2017 - 7:07am

The Los Alamos Fire Department is gearing up once again to Fill the Boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 13-18 outside Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos and Smith's in White Rock daily. Firefighters Kevin Kamplain, left, and Ernesto Polson ask the community to support the longtime firefighter tradition. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department is ready to once again join in the strong firefighter tradition of filling the boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

State Auditor Tim Keller Issues Risk Advisory On Violence Against Healthcare Workers

on November 8, 2017 - 9:22am

State Auditor Tim Keller


  • Violence against doctors, nurses in public hospitals is common and underreported

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller issued a Risk Advisory on Violence Against Healthcare Workers to all public hospitals in New Mexico.

Workplace violence occurs at high rates in public hospitals and many incidences go unreported. Violence against nurses, doctors and other staff can impact the financial health of government-run facilities in addition to posing a clear threat to safety.

“We’re concerned by the high rates of violence against nurses and doctors in our

Pearce Votes To Extend Vital Healthcare Programs

on November 6, 2017 - 7:00am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives Friday passed H.R. 3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), community health centers (CHC), and other important public health priorities including additional Medicaid Assistance funding.
This bill also includes a two-year funding extension for the Indian Health Service’s Special Diabetes Program.
“Passage of this bill today is a vital step to providing essential funding for communities throughout New Mexico.

Lujan Grisham Votes Against CHIP Cuts

on November 5, 2017 - 6:45am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has voted against legislation that would cut the Prevention and Public Health Fund, sabotage the ACA, and raise Medicare premiums for seniors to pay for reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers.
“Like many others who care deeply about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers (CHC), I am appalled by the vote we took in the House today.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján To Hold Community Discussion On Medicaid Public Option Bill & Republican Tax Plan

on November 4, 2017 - 11:25am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) is holding a community discussion at the Corrales Flying Star in Albuquerque this afternoon to provide a congressional update on his Medicaid Public Option bill and the Trump/Ryan/McConnell tax plan.
Luján will be on hand to discuss details of the tax proposal being put forward by the Trump White House, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
The State Public Option Act, introduced by Luján with Sen.