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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 New Linear00 leratorscheduled for installation at Gila Regional Medical Center Courtesy submission During the 2013 Legisla- tive session, House Bill 580 / Senate Bill 495 were presented by Rep- resentative Rudy Martinez and Senator Howie Morales. This bill signed into action authorized the New Mexico Finance Au- thority (NMFA) to is- sue additional cigarette tax revenue bonds for Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) and Nor-Lea General Hos- pital. With these funds, GRMC made plans to upgrade the linear ac- celerator utilized in ra- diation therapy at the Gila Regional Cancer Center. The state-of-art model provides ex- tremely accurate 3-di- mensional stereotactic radiosurgery and radio- therapy treatments, de- livered in fewer ap- pointments. Gila Regional has pur- to the appropriate State agen- ecutive Officer chased the new Linear Accelera- cies for approval. When ap- Cunningham. tor. Local architect Kevin proval is given, a contractor will Robinson has drawn up plans be hired to install the linear ac- celerator and reno- vate the Gila Regional Cancer Center (GRCC) vault. The Cancer Cen- ter will still be open for business during this transition. Doctor clinics, chemotherapy and infusion services will continue. Only GRCC patients need- ing radiation therapy will be referred to other facilities. Radia- tion Therapy will stop February 28 and re- sume in June at 'the project's completion. "We thank Our State Legislators for funding this project and helping us pro- Radiation Oncologist Amish Shah, MD, a top physi- vide our patients who clan from the New Mexico Cancer Center, works are fighting cancer in alongside the Gila Regional Cancer team to treat pa- southwest New tients fighting cancer. Dr. Shah is shown here with Mexico with quality personalized care," and they have been submitted stated Gila Regional Chief Ex- Brian Free Consumer Debt/Bankruptcy .workshop in Las Cruces Feb. 20 8801 I. The flee workshop includes a presentation by volunteer attor- ney Kenneth Egan, an open ques- tion-and-answer period, and a one-on-one consultation with an attorney. This event is a commu- Submitted by STATE BAR OF. NM/Albuquerque A Consumer Debt/Bank- ruptcy Workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 20, at the Law Ot L flce of Kenneth Egan, 1111 E Lohman Ave., Las Cruces, NM nity service open to the public. Call 1-800-876-6227 for details or 505-797-6068 to register. Sponsored by the New Mexico State Bar Foundation and the State Bar of New Mexico Bankruptcy Law Section, this program is a working partnership that seeks to educate the public on consumer issues and on the Bill to improve health care for rural veterans Continued from Page 1 munities," Udall said. "I'm pleased to join Senator Heller in introducing this bipartisan bill to help address these challenges and enable veterans to get better qual- ity and access to care where and when they need it." "Our brave men and women have sacrificed a great deal to safe- guard our freedoms, and it is im- perative that Congress meets their needs, no matter where they live. By guaranteeing availability of mental health professionals, in- creasing access to efficient trans- portation options, and enhancing our rural VA facilities, we can en- sure rural veterans receive the same level of care that veterans in urban areas receive. It is an honor to partner with Senator Udall in a biparti'san effort to pro- vide veterans with the benefits they earned", said Heller. More detail on the bill's pro- visions follows: Mental Health Care En- hancement: Too many veterans are suffering .from PTSD, TBI, and other service connected mental health issues without access to the care that they deserve. Veter- ans who "are not able to access adequate mental health care are also at a higher risk of commit- ting suicide. Many veterans do not respond to traditional forms of therapy for their service con- nected disability and options for alternative and complementary medicine are not widely avail- able to veterans living in rural and.highly rural areas. This bill address this gap in care by: -Making fee-for-service available to veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI, or other service connected mental health issues under certain conditions where treatment at a clinic servlng rural veterans is not available or where treatment options such as complementary or alternative medicine, including traditional grant program to provide options to provide innovative transpor- tation options to veterans in ru- ral areas. -Does not require matching funds for grants up to $100,000 max. Retaining and Training Health Care Professionals: Rural and highly rural veterans struggle with high turnover among the doctors and staff at rural clinics. This bill addresses the issue of staff retention by: -Creating a pilot program that would offer financial incen- tives to reduce turnover among rural clinic staff. -Working with university medical programs to create cur- riculum for rural health care train- ing to better prepare doctors and nurses for work in rural commu- nities. -Streamlining the hiring of military medical professionals into the Veterans Health Care sys- tem. Rural Veterans Affairs Facili- ties Improvement: To help priori- tize repairs and expansions, the bill would require a full assess- ment of VA CBOCs. With tight budgets, this will help save money and improve care for vets. Department of Health warns of fall-related injuries Continued from Page 1 Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises fo- cus on increasing leg strength and improving balance, and that they get more challenging over time. Tai Chi programs are especially good. Ask their doctor or phar- macist to. review their medi- cines-both prescription and over-the counter--to identify medicines that may cause side effects or interactions such as diz- ziness or drowsiness. Have their eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update their eyeglasses to maximize their vision. Con- sider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking out- side. - Make their homes safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and out- side the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding railings on both sides of stairways, and im- proving the lighting in their homes. To lower their hip fracture risk, older adults can also: Get adequate calcium and vitamin D--from food and/ or from supplements. Do weight bearing exer- cise. Get screened and, if needed, treated for osteoporosis The 2013 New Mexico Leg- islature passed House Joint Me- morial 32, which called on the Department of Health to convene a Task Force to evaluate New Mexico's approach to older adult fall prevention and recommend effective change. Major recOm- mendations included funding to increase the public's awareness of the dangers of falls in the elderly and how to prevent them, and to assist health care providers to screen for fall risks consistently and comprehensively. The complete report and rec- ommendations can be found online here on the New Mexico Legislature's website, .,la A Ifr ddy resources available to meet legal Native American healing meth- 'I edo "Ere " needs, ods are not available. It]--I  - -- " I/UKLU J K'llR/"lr11'll 111 The State Bar of New Improving Transportation in - V;kI'I'L t ' Mexico was organized in 1886 Rural Areas: For a veteran living and is composed of more than in rural areas, getting to appoint- . 9,000 members. Its purposes are merits at larger VHA medical fa-  Lordsburg City Council to aid the courts in administering cilities for more than basic care justice and preserving the rule of can be a major logistical chal- Your Vote is Very Much Appreciated. law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession. f ORKSH00OPS Tips for Growing and Managing Your Fa'mers' Market Preseuted by Loretta and George Torres February 18 - Rodeo Community Center ~ 6:00 pm ,February 19-- Lordsburg Whistle Stop ~ 2:00 pm The managers of the Los Lunas and E1 Bosque Farmers Markets will provide advice and assistance on how to help our farmers markets thrive. www.randomactso Everyone is welcome! lenge. Older veterans who are unable to travel without support may put off needed treatments because of the distance. The bill attefiapts to address this issue by IJuilding on the current grant pro- gram to support veterans in highly rural areas. It: -Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a Correction The article in last week's edi- tion of the Hidalgo County Her- ald stated that the case against Lori Ford was dropped because the District Attorney's Office opted not to prosecute. The case was actually dis- missed with prejudice by District Court Judge J.C. Robinson after repeated requests from the de- fense for discovery were not met by the prosecuting attorney The Herald regrets the error. LOCALLY OWNED & OPEPTED 575-494-1385 ............. , ,,w,' Kindness Ideas for February 10-16, 2014 O Just smileat one extra person. @ Eat lunch with someone new-- eat school, at the office or just out and abouL- Make sure to say I love you or give someone special an extra hug. Volunteer for a Special Try a new vegetable or fruit or even try and cook something healthy and new for you or your family. Attempt to park your car a  little further away than normal as to provide that sweet Spot for a pregnant lady, a person with special needs, an elderly person or someone who just needs a little more ease. Olympics Team, coach a youth sports team or even referee for an hour on a recreational league. Take your kindness digital by e clownloading Kindr from the Apple App Store. Then brighten someone's day by sending a creative compliment, a hug or even a cute animal video. Send a positive message to someone in need or help someone who might not need it, but appreciates it, Donate unwanted or unused clothes or household goods to a shelter, non-profit or animal rescue organization. If you feel you just mLIst make a monetary contribution and are insistent, buy someone's groceries or offer to help pay for someone in line, Brought to you by SPIRIT of Hidalgo the randomocts of idP.S" fou n d o Non A be Nnd hy Wai For more great ideas, visit Election Day Is Right Around The Don't Miss Your Opportunity To Vote By Mail or Early In Person. Absentee by Mail: In progress now ' Call City Hall (542-3421), request an application. ' Give your name and mailing address. , Application is mailed to voter, voter fills in information and returns to city clerk  If application is accepted, ballot packet is mailed to voter. Voter completes ballot and mails back to clerk. ,O, Ballot is received, noted and placed in ballot box. Early In Person: Begins on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 ,O Lordsburg City Hall, 409 W. Wabash Street Friday, February 28, 2014 is the last day to mail out absentee ballots and Early Voting in person closes at 5'.00 p.