Roswell Daily Record
Hospitalists promote continuity and consistency in care
ENMMC STAFF ARTICLE If you’ve been in the hospital recently, you probably noticed that the medical team who provided your care included many specialists other than your personal physician. At ENMMC, in addition to the doctors, nurses, case managers, diagnosticians and other specialists, your regular physician may partner with a special type of physician known as a hospitalist. A hospitalist – a physician who practices exclusively in the hospital setting – serves as your personal physician’s right hand and spearheads your care while you are in the hospital. Hospitalists have been a part of the medical field for many years, and are one of the fastest-growing types of doctors because of their important role in coordinating care and providing continuity for patients during their hospital stay. Like a primary care doctor, hospitalists are trained in general internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, and other specialties. Some specialize in critical care medicine, cardiology, or other subspecialties. Hospitalists are valuable liaisons for both patients and their physicians. The average primary care physician spends only 12 percent of his or her time seeing patients in the hospital, according to a study by The Advisory Board Company, a Washington, D.C.-based health care consulting organization. Hospitalists, on the other hand,
Pecos Flavors Winery hosts sampling
The Pecos Flavors Winery will be hosting a sampling from the Tularosa vineyards today at 4 p.m. at 305 N. Main St. The public is encouraged to come and attend. For more information call 627-6265 Roswell Parks & Recreation
City Councilor Jason Perry will hold a press conference regarding the “Park the Pounds” program April 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Cahoon Park in front of the Parks & Recreation Offices on the Spring River Trail. For more information contact Laurie Jerge at 624-6720 ext 11.
Senior Circle The Senior Circle will be having a silent auction on May 2 at 2 p.m. and will end May 13. All the proceeds go to the Senior Circle Cureseekers team for Walk for Hope. For more information call 623-2311
Roswell Chamber of Commerce The Roswell Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a merchandising workshop May 3 at 5:30 p.m. and May 4 at 8:30 a.m. at
the Roswell Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 131 W. Second St. For registration and ticket infor mation call 623-5695. The Gallery
The Gallery will have a reception to open an exhibition of the works by Glencoe artist Roy Brown on May 1 at 1 p.m., 107 E. Fifth St. Guests will have the opportunity to view the exhibition and visit with the artist.
For more information contact The Gallery at 625-5263 Wings For L.I.F.E.
Wings For L.I.F.E.will have a workshop for Civil Legal Issues May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Roswell Boys & Girls Club, 201 S. Garden. Dinner will be provided. For more information contact Shelly at 3172042
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short answers to more questions. The reason I read your column and recommend it to others is because you provide such thorough answers. That reader and the “we all” he or she refers to are either not aware of the complexity of many conditions or they have a short attention span. Please don’t stop helping those of us who crave complete and useful information. I think your solution is perfect: An occasional “quickies” column to respond to simple questions to which you can provide brief responses. DEAR READER: Thank you for the com-
diagnosis. The hospitalist then carries out the plan of care set up by your physician, coordinates your daily care with other members of the medical team, and communicates any changes in your condition to your physician. Once you are discharged home, the hospitalist will communicate with your physician about further treatment needed, help arrange follow-up care or medications needed, and send your hospital records back to your primary care provider. Hospitalists have a thorough understanding of inpatient medical care, and are uniquely qualified to recognize and diagnose medical disorders, anticipate potential problems and rapidly respond to any sudden change in the patient’s condition. Patients under the care of a medical team led by a hospitalist often have shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries. A study at the University of California, San Francisco and Tufts University found that patients under hospitalists’ care had a 12 percent shorter length of stay in the hospital – nearly half a day – as well as better surgical outcomes and fewer return trips to the hospital. To learn more visit www.enmmc.com, click on “Services” link and choose “Hospitalists.” Or, view a list of hospitalists and their professional qualifications by searching “hospitalists” under “Find a Physician” link on the homepage.
Poetry winners will read their poetry
This Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m., Roswell students who won the 2011 Spring Poetry Contest will read their poems at a public reading in the Bassett Room of the Roswell Museum and Art Center. The public is encouraged to attend.
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are onsite 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are available to see patients more frequently, sometimes more than once a day to monitor patients’ progress, answer questions, and oversee the efforts of other health care professionals involved in patients’ care. Because hospitalists do not maintain medical practices outside the hospital, they can focus their attention exclusively on patients’ medical care while they are inside the hospital. If you are admitted to the hospital for surgery, a hospitalist may coordinate your inpatient care after your procedure. During this time, the hospitalist and your primary care physician are in continual communication. Your physician will consult with the hospitalist to provide background information on your health history and
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pliment. You are correct that many health concer ns are complex. Added to that, many people don’t want to take prescription medications if alternatives or home remedies will be beneficial, so in simply describing treatment options, several paragraphs of my limited space can be used. Never mind describing the condition, symptoms, diagnosis and testing! Dr. Peter H. Gott is a retired physician and the author of several books, including “Live Longer, Live Better,” “Dr. Gott’s No Flour, No Sugar Diet” and “Dr. Gott’s No Flour, No Sugar Cookbook,” which are available at most bookstores or online. His website is www.AskDrGottMD.com.
These students are winners in the annual contest cosponsored by the High Prairie Poets Society and the ENMU High Plains Writing Project or recipients of a Kathryne Applegate award for haiku. Winning students, along with their schools are: K – 1st: First Place, Jake Patterson, Cornerstone Elementary home school; Second Place, Alyssa Montes, Valley View Elementary; Third Place, Chrisstel Duran, Valley View Elementary; Honorable Mention, Isavier Hernandez, Valley View Elementary 2nd – 3rd: First Place, Julie Martinez, Berrendo Elementary; Second Place, Kenevan Bailey, Valley View Elementary; Third Place, Shelby Pardo, Valley View Elementary; Honorable Mention, Adiel Clark, Valley View Elementary. 4th – 5th: First Place, Jordan Patterson, Cornerstone Elementary home school; Second Place, Hailey Garrett, All Saints Catholic School; Third Place, Alyssa Hernandez, Valley View Elementary; Honorable Mention, Kaitlyn Holl, Valley View Elementary. 6th – 7th: First Place, Sophia Stangebye, Home School; Second Place, Theo Stangebye, Home School; Third Place, Julia Hickerson, Sidney Gutierrez Middle School; Honorable Mention, Clare Shea, Sidney Gutierrez Middle School. 8th – 9th: First Place, Alejandra Dykstra, Sidney Gutierrez Middle School; Second Place, Andrea Eskeli, Sidney Gutierrez Middle School; Third Place, Abbey
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industry. Logging on federal lands once accounted for more than half of Oregon’s harvest. By 2008, less than 10 percent. In New Mexico’s Gila Forest access to federal lands has been continually cut back. Today, based on numbers from the 1970s, there are 30 percent fewer cattle. Because of the Endangered Species Act and wilderness designations, the Forest Service required Terrell Shelley, whose family has continuously raised cattle on the same land for 125 years, to use mules to make repairs to concrete dams on his allotment. Some 250 mule loads of concrete were hand mixed. Not many people today are willing to continue ranching under such restrictive conditions. Mining faces similar obstacles. In Montana, exploration for tungsten was completed in the 1970s by Union Carbide. To extract the resource from what is now an “inventoried roadless area,” the Forest Service requires that the drilling equipment be hauled by pack mules — who are fed “certified weed free hay,” and that the land be cleared and then reclaimed using hand tools. Once again, productive activity is discouraged. Due to punitive federal policy, we now have less logging, less ranching and less mining; less jobs, less productivity and less wealth creation. The oil and gas industry of West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico is next. The Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed that the Sand Dune Lizard (AKA Dunes Sagebrush Lizard) be listed as an endangered species under the ESA. This lizard frequents sites where oil and gas development provides good paying
Bell, Sidney Gutierrez Middle School; Honorable Mention, Stephanie Robertson, Sidney Gutierrez Middle School. 10th – 12th: First Place, Mary Romero, Roswell High School; Second Place, Sheila Quintana, Roswell High School; Third Place, Cara L. McCasland, Roswell High School; Honorable Mention, Beatriz Alvidrez, Roswell High School. Poems of Merit: Aryn Brown, Connyr Moore, Micah Clark, Noah Cook, Jesus Merino and Israel Gutierrez, all from Valley View Elementary; Marisa Moncayo, All Saints Catholic School; Hannah Jolley, Berrendo Elementary School; Daniel Campuzano, Sierra Middle School; Sallyanna Stangebye, Home School; Jesse Culberson, Culberson Independent Home School; Diego Peterson, Conquers Academy; Brandon Watley, Salvador Castaneda, Alex Vivens, Gus Liakos, Mitchel Latimer and Connor Olguin, all from Sidney Gutierrez Middle School; Daniel Iglesias, Violet Gonzales, Trevor Pope, Anne Clark, Ever Vasquez, Matthew Scott and Freddie J. Romero, all from Roswell High School. Kathryne Applegate Award: Sophia Stangebye, Home School; Eli Fox, Jade Jennings, Estevan Solis, Brandon Watley, Jamie Best, Ben Yearsley, Eryn Chamberlin, Nathaniel Marshall, Arie Saiz and Maritza Mojica, all from Sidney Gutierrez Middle School. Leslie Lawner. jobs and economic stability. If the FWS proceeds with the “endangered” listing, the entire region could well go the way of logging in the Pacific Northwest or Cattle Ranching in the Gila Forest. Now, we see how industries have been shuttered and jobs lost. We watched while entire communities became ghost towns. “Protection” and “wilderness” sound like nice ideas until you see the economic destruction they have wrought. With the benefit of history, America’s citizens can take a stand and reverse the trend. Federal agencies hold hearings where we can comment. We can make phone calls and send e-mails. The employees at the various federal agencies don’t make the policies. They are simply enforcing the regulations. But if we speak up, we can change the game. The public comment period for the proposed lizard listing ends May 9. Make the effort, pick up the phone. Talk to the federal employees (Debra M. Hill: 505-7614719, Tom Buckley: 505-248-6455). Wouldn’t it be great if the federal government once again helped, instead of hindered? A public rally in opposition to the proposed ESA listing of the Sand Dune Lizard was held in Midland, Texas, on Tuesday. There well be one in Roswell today. The FWS is holding a public comment hearing today in Roswell. More information is available in the “Act Now” page at EnergyMakesAmericaGreat.org. Known as the voice for energy, Marita Noon is the executive director at Energy Makes America Great Inc., the advocacy arm of the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy — working to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom and the American way of life. Find out more at www.EnergyMakesAmericaGreat.org.