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On The Job In Los Alamos: Dr. Robert McClees

on May 25, 2019 - 6:19am

On the job in Los Alamos Friday afternoon is Dr. Robert McClees, owner of Trinity Urgent Care at 1460 Trinity Dr. Suites A & B. Dr. McClees opened Trinity Urgent Care Nov. 30, 2015. He also volunteers as medical director of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol. Trinity Urgent Care is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week and provides up-to-date expert evaluation and treatment covering a wide range of minor emergencies, illnesses and injuries. Call 505.412.6033 or visit www.trinityurgentcare.net. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/adailypost.com

International Jet Aviation Honors Make-A-Wish NM

on May 24, 2019 - 7:25am
International Jet Aviation is honoring Make-A-Wish New Mexico today in providing critically ill children scenic flights over Albuquerque in this specially designed eight passenger LearJet, in an effort to lift their spirits and brighten their day. Courtesy photo
 
International Jet Aviation's ‘Dream Chaser 5’, the eight passenger LearJet model 35 is parked today at Atlantic Aviation in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo
 
IJA News:
 
International Jet Aviation is honoring Make-A-Wish New Mexico and its wish kids today with scenic flights over Albuquerque in its specially designed “Dream Chaser

Luján On Improving Health Care For American Families

on May 21, 2019 - 1:51pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the passage of the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act:
 
“Health care is a right, and yet too many Americans are struggling between providing for their families and affording life-saving prescription drugs. This is fundamentally wrong. This legislation sends a strong message to the American people that we won’t waver in the Trump administration’s efforts to steal health care away from millions of families.

More Scenes From Emergency Management Active Shooter Based Full-Scale Exercise At UNM-LA Saturday

on May 20, 2019 - 9:35pm

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) hosted an active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday, May 18 at UNM-Los Alamos. Los Alamos Police, Fire, Emergency Management and Classic Air Medical all participated in preparing for and responding to an active shooter event. The exercise provided valuable rescue task force training for those involved and gave each entity several ideas on how to improve their preparation and response. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from the OEM hosted

Scenes From Emergency Management Active Shooter Based Full-Scale Exercise At UNM-LA Saturday

on May 20, 2019 - 6:56pm

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from the OEM hosted active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Jenn Bartram

From the Office of Emergency Management:

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) hosted an active shooter based full-scale exercise Saturday, May 18 at UNM-Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Police, Fire, Emergency Management and Classic Air Medical all participated in

NMDOH Confirms First Measles Case In State

on May 20, 2019 - 5:23pm
NMDOH News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced Friday that it has confirmed a case of measles in a one-year-old child from Sierra County. This is the first measles case in New Mexico since December 2014.
 
Measles is highly contagious and is easily transmitted person-to-person via droplets or through the air. Early symptoms of measles include: fever, red eyes, runny nose, and cough. Within a few days following the cough and runny nose, a rash will typically begin on the face and spread down the body.

LAMC Celebrates National Hospital Week 2019

on May 20, 2019 - 8:26am

As part of National Hospital Week, Los Alamos Medical Center held a celebration Friday that included a most beautiful and delicious cake competition. In addition to the cakes, there were sculptures created by various departments in the hospital and on display for staff to cast their vote for their favorite. The results of the contest were not available at press time. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

LAMC staff inspect the sculptures created by their co-workers prior to voting for their favorite. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

More sculptures on display before the voting begins.

NMDOH Probes Suspected Case Of Wound Botulism

on May 20, 2019 - 7:25am
NMDOH News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating a case of apparent wound botulism.
 
A 30-year-old male resident of Santa Fe County is hospitalized with suspected wound botulism. This is the first case of wound botulism that NMDOH has been notified of this year.
 
The last in-state case of wound botulism occurred in 2018 in Doña Ana County. The suspected source of infection is contaminated black tar heroin.
 
Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

Aspen Ridge Presents Prepare To Care Course

on May 19, 2019 - 6:41am

Grant: Overcoming Compare-Despair Syndrome

on May 18, 2019 - 10:35am
By ELIZABETH GRANT, LPCC
Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” –Steve Furtick

Open up Fakebook, I mean Facebook, and you’re bound to bump into a friend who’s parasailing in the Caribbean, another who’s just completed a marathon and the pièce de résistance; a couple of love birds professing their love from under the Eiffel Tower.

Social media is all about presentation and naturally we want to show our best selves.

‘A Matter Of Balance’ Health Program May 20-June 17

on May 18, 2019 - 7:24am

Los Alamos Medical Center Names Carlos Branch 2019 Mercy Award Winner

on May 16, 2019 - 8:36am

LAMC 2019 Mercy Award winner Carlos Branch

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center recently announced Carlos Branch has been recognized as the hospital’s 2019 Mercy Award winner.

The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded.  
 
The Mercy Award is an annual recognition program established in 2001 to honor the life and contributions of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and chief executive officer.

‘A Matter Of Balance’ White Rock Senior Center May 20

on May 15, 2019 - 6:45am
WRSC News:
 
Monday, May 20, the White Rock Senior Center will host a course titled, “A Matter of Balance.”
 
The evidence-based program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. The class includes; eight two-hour sessions, led by Master Trainers. The team includes; Maria Francis, Sharon Tolleson and Judith Rhodes.
 
The program is designed for adults age 60 and older who may be concerned about falls, have sustained falls in the past, restrict activities because of concerns about falling or for those who just want to improve their

Viome Researchers Visit Senior Center Friday

on May 14, 2019 - 10:52am

Courtesy/Viome

COMMUNITY News:

Viome’s research and development team members Ryan Toma and Nathan Duval, who work on product development and clinical studies, will be on hand 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to answer questions about their program and recruit participants for a study.

“We are currently recruiting for a study, which aims to understand how human gene expression varies across different populations,” Toma said. “Our study is trying to recruit participants from diverse populations, specifically over the age of 50.”

The participants will schedule a time

‘Forget-Me-Not’ Gala Promises To Be Fun-Filled Fundraiser To Help End Alzheimer’s Disease

on May 12, 2019 - 7:59am
Alzheimer’s Association News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter announces its 9th Annual Forget-Me-Not Gala at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Albuquerque Convention Center at 401 2nd St. NW, Albuquerque.
 
This year’s “Garden Party” themed Gala promises to be an elegant, formal evening of gourmet food, auction, fun and entertainment for a very worthy, charitable cause: to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association as they continue to provide free services to the community and help further research to end Alzheimer’s disease.
 
Gala-goers can enjoy live and silent

Scenes From Teddy Bear Clinic At LAMC

on May 12, 2019 - 7:29am

Kindergarten students from the Los Alamos Public Schools were treated to the annual Teddy Bear Clinic Friday at Los Alamos Medical Center. The program gives students a better understanding of the emergency services available to the community and to build confidence and familiarize them with how these services work. The first stop as the students arrived was to receive a backpack containing a small teddy bear and other goodies. The students were filled with excitement. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

In the emergency room nurse Claire Garrett treats Teddy for a hurt leg.

Kiwanis: Dr. Paul Daly Addresses Measles Outbreak

on May 9, 2019 - 9:06am

Dr. Paul Daly, a physician at Los Alamos National Laboratory speaks about the current status of measles in the U.S. during Tuesday's Kiwanis Club's meeting at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Dr. Daly reported so far this year there have been 704 cases of measles in the U.S. However, no cases have been reported in Los Alamos or elsewhere in the state. Measles, Daly said, is highly contagious to those who are not immune.The virus is spread through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms can include a high fever, conjunctivitis and a rash. It's important to keep immunizations current, he said.

Los Alamos County Council Approves Contract For Additional Services At Public Health Office

on May 9, 2019 - 8:46am
County Social Services Manager Donna Casados
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
In December 2016, the New Mexico Department of Health cut back hours of operation and services at the Los Alamos Public Health Office; however, during Tuesday night’s Los Alamos County Council meeting, those services were restored.
 
A $1,050,000 contract with Las Clinicas del Norte, which is a non-profit corporation, was approved on the consent agenda during the meeting.
 
Approving the contract means that services not provided through the Public Health Office will be

SFCC Respiratory Care ‘Meet The Department’ Today

on May 9, 2019 - 8:43am
SFCC News:
 
Considering a career in respiratory care? Come to Respiratory Care Program “Meet the Department” event 3 to 6 p.m. today, May 9 in Room 433 in the Santa Fe Community College Health and Sciences Center, 6401 Richards Avenue.
 
Get information, advising and assistance with your application.
 
Respiratory therapists who earn a degree find good jobs with excellent salaries in hospitals, emergency rooms and more. If possible, bring a copy of your unofficial transcripts. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 1.
 
For more information visit SFCC’s respiratory care webpage

Nuclear Care Partners Expands Service To New Mexico For Former Atomic Workers

on May 7, 2019 - 7:54am
NCP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Nuclear Care Partners, an organization that provides benefits guidance and in-home care to former atomic workers, is bringing its superior care for former workers into New Mexico to provide for local communities in need.
 
Many residents in north-central New Mexico worked at the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. Hundreds of former workers have since developed debilitating and life-threatening illnesses as a result of workplace exposure to radiation and toxic chemicals.
 
Nuclear Care Partners is an approved medical provider under the U.S.

Jazzercise Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary

on May 5, 2019 - 8:08am

Now that’s a plank! A mother and daughter demonstrate a super plank during the 50th anniversary of Jazzercise and its national theme ‘Strong as a Mother’. Local Jazzercise programs offer a free week of classes during May. Courtesy photo

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos

Fifty is looking good in White Rock and Espanola, as the local Jazzercise programs nationally celebrate a 50th anniversary and a theme for May called, “Strong as a Mother.” The fun phrase can be seen on t-shirts, tanks and other apparel.

To celebrate, the White Rock program is offering a free week of Jazzercise May 1-31 for

Udall, Haaland, Luján Introduce Bill To Increase Access To Nutritious Meals For Native Students

on May 5, 2019 - 6:18am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) introduced legislation Thursday to give Tribes the authority to directly provide Child Nutrition Programs.
 
The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2019 recognizes that Tribes understand the needs of their communities best, especially when it comes to ensuring children have consistent, healthy, and nutritious meals all year long.
 
Udall also introduced the legislation

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Local Blood Drive

on May 4, 2019 - 1:10pm

On the job in Los Alamos Friday is Danielle Chase of Vitalant drawing blood from local resident Steve Koch. United Blood Services is now Vitalant … the same company with the same mission … all that has changed is the name. Vitalant representatives explain that summer months are when blood donations are lowest and the need for blood is highest. Visit www.vitalant.org to find the nearest mobile blood drive to donate. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jennifer Bartram/ladailypost

Udall Fights For Action To Help New Mexico Veterans Exposed To Burn Pits In Iraq And Afghanistan

on May 2, 2019 - 11:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. At two events Tuesday on Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) continued his push to improve care for veterans affected by exposure to toxic fumes from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan: during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, and at the 2019 Congressional Burn Pits Briefing.
 
 
During the hearing, Udall questioned Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie on his commitment to

Wheeler Brings Holistic Healing Practice To Los Alamos

on May 2, 2019 - 9:47am

Laurie Wheeler

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Holistic Practitioner Laurie Wheeler is bringing her practice, Wellness Within, to Los Alamos. She will share office space with Chiropractor Gary Storken at 2610 Trinity Dr. and is in Los Alamos on Wednesdays at present.

Wheeler has been a classical homeopathic practitioner for more than 25 years. She is certified through the California College of Natural Medicine and the British Institute of Homeopathy.

Holistic medicine considers the whole person—body, mind, emotions and spirit— to gain balance in life,”

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