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6 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014 Panel men's health care in SC iji ;;" . ~ Veterans Park undergoing facelift Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) members, funded through The Wellness Center (TWC) have been working dili- gently this summer on cleaning up Veteran's Park. The project includes painting, tree trimming and an overall clean up.The col- laborative effort has TWC pro- viding labor, while He City of Lordsburg provides all materi- als. Courtesy photos Council moves Municipal Court out O!mC!tY oHna!! continued from Page I City currently delivers more than $1,350 s and it was expected to either be 1,000 prescriptions weekly to applied towards their case or re- Lordsburg--just to HMS pa- funded. These funds were goner- tients. ated between 1998-2002. The Council discussed phar- Judge Arredondo assured the macy options with Hidalgo Council that every dime in the County Commissioner Darr Sh- account was from adjudicated annon and HMS CEO Harriet cases in the form of fines. The Brandstetter, both present at money, he said, was simply put Tuesday's meeting. Brandstetter in to the trust fund account. Be- pointed out that HMS is not in a cause this was before his admin- position to open a pharmacy, but istration, he guessed that the clerk is hoping that community-wide at the time simply made account- support will persuade Walgreens. ing errors. Shannon reiterated that the need The issue was tabled at the for a pharmacy is the County's behest of Councilor Saucedo number one priority. with a request to gather more in- The City Council was slated formation, to approve a janitorial bid Tues- In other business, the City day, but ended up tabling the is- agreed to draft a letter to sue. The janitorial scope of work Walgreens urging the corpora- includes cleaning two days a tion to consider opening a phar- week at City Hall, one day a week macy in Hidalgo County. The at the Police Department and one City is joining forces with HMS day a month at the Civic Center. and Hidalgo County. According Four bids proposals Were re- to reports, Walgreens in Silver ceived, ranging from $400 to Birthday Mom & Dad discussed having City employ- ees off of the maintenance crew pick up these responsibilities in an effort to save money. Mayor Smith and Councilor Saucedo both maintained that City crews are already understaffed. Because the current janito- rial contract ends at the end of June, the issue was tabled to al- low staff to determine if existing personnel can handle the workload, if the City should hire a Casual employee to do the job, or whether or not to go out to bid again. M m0rial still available The memorial stakes that will be placed on the trees at Short Park are still available, according to La Frontera NM Site Manager Edgar Gomez. Originally, the memorial stakes were dedicated solely to cancer survivors and victims, but at this point they are being of- fered as a memorial to anyone who has survived or passed away from any condition. The La Frontera NM Short Park Rehabilitation project will include the planting of 64 trees where these memorial plaques will be placed. The project is cur- rently underway. The purchase and ordering of the memorial stakes will be up to family members. They will be of a uniform design and will cost $35. They will be available on a first come, first served basis and can be ordered at Bookkeeping Plus, 212 E. Motel Drive, 575- 542-3125. The last day to order the memorial stakes is June 30, 2014. By BENJAMIN FISHER/Silver tied to diabetes. City Daily Press Cunningham said, some- SILVER CITY -- A panel of what lightly but sincerely, that health professionals from varying perhaps the only way to encour- areas of practice talked about age many men to see a doctor is men's health care in Grant County to make them.' and how it is affected by the Af- "If regular examinations fordable Care Act a( a Democratic were part of employment con- Party forum last week. tracts or some other agree- Gila Regional Medical Con- ments," he said, "then men ter CEO Brian Cunningham, fam- could be 'men' about it. They' ily physician Dr. Gregory Koury, could complain about it but they Hidalgo Medical Services men- would all go and do so in the tal health Dr. Jonathan Leggett waiting room." and Dr. Miguel Narvaez from Koury championed educat- Western New Mexico ing men and encouraging them University's kinesiology pro- to pay attention to their health gram represented different before the government should fields and often different view- worry about insurance. points on the act and its impli- "If we don't do our jobs and cations here at home. get men into the doctor's office, A notable absence was that then they aren't going to seek of a representative of the insur- treatment whether they have in- ance companies, who were not surance or not." invited to participate. Koury was critical of New The panel agreed, firstly, Mexico's adoption of the Af- that one of the leading problems fordable Care Act -- popularly with men's health in Grant known as Obamacare -- for the County -- and across the coun- state of its health insurance ex- try -- is the mentality that men change. He said that for the act as think it a sign of weakness to a whole it is too early for assess- seek care. This is appropriate, ment but that as a solo family as the name of the forum was physician, it had affected him "Men Don't Need No Doctor!" greatly. "When men feel pain, we "New Mexico got their ex- are taught from an early age that Change up too quickly and too we should be tough," Narvaez sloppily," he said. "What's hap- said. "When that pain grows and pening is that we're seeing pa- inevitably becomes unbearable, tients and then not getting paid. when the bleeding doesn't stop, That is a good way to leave a bad it may be too late to be treated." taste in a doctor's mouth." Leggett told a story of a Pa- He said there weren't many tient who came to him because of the options he would recom- of suicidal thoughts, mend. For instance, he believes a "This young man had bro- single payer system would end up ken his foot as a child," he said. like the situation at the Veterans "His father not only refused for Affairs hospitals. He said he had him to seek treatment from a a veteran patient recently who doctor, but said he wasn't al- had gone to the VA in Tucson for lowed to make a face like it hurt hernia treatment. After a six-week when he stepped on it." series of evaluations, the patient This patient was therefore went back to Tucson for the pro- humiliated when he sought cedure and they had lost his treatment for his suicidal records. thoughts, which made them "He came to me so I evalu- worse (though the treatment ated him, recommended him to was effective, so he never on- another doctor for the next day, dangered himself), who completed the procedure," Narvaez also said men, es- he said. "It should be between me pecially in minority cultural andthe patient. We don't need groups, tend to have more dan- the government in health care." gerous jobs, take part in risky The only real, but positive, behavior, abuse substances, and change Leggett had seen is the not have good insurance. All of inclusion of depression as a pro- these lead to an epidemic among ventable,disease. He did say, men of chronic diseases like obe- though, that the real problem was sity, heart disease, diabetes and the direct communication be- strokes, tween the health care profession- Leggett added that in the als and the insurance companies. mental health field, most of It is that, he believes, that drives these problems don't stand up the price of health care. alone, but are accompanied by "The Affordable Care Act has a psychological disorder; he of- at least increased the potential for ten sees anxiety issues tied to more people to seek treatment," high blood pressure, depression Cunningham explained.."It sim- ply attempts to increase access." He added, though, that he hadn't seen much increase in treatment. GRM~C saw its biggest show in men coming in for treatment actually when it began to offer free prostate cancer screening. Koury's biggest fear was not the lack of access, but the lack of new doctors coming on board. "If we increase access and don't increase the number of phy- sicians, we're all going to be in trouble," he said. AI Abigail Guadalupe Martinez Oscar and Jaqueline Martinez welcomed their daugh- ter, Abigail Guadalupe, on June 16, 2014 at Gila Regional Medi- cal Center in Silver City. Abigail weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. She is also wel.comed by maternal grandparents Angel and Rosa Bustos of Glendale, Arizona, and paternal grandparents Niches and Lourdes Martinez of Lordsburg. & oeEe, r ...er, a, to, t 575-494-1385 www.ppcnm.com daily ernaits at pumplOns and hungry-girl.corn squaslb Watermelon also a good source Water at Night to Conserve potassium WATER! Check out our facebook tH a,,u..,PARADE starts at 6 PM ,DINNER starts at 7 PM ($8/Person) *F R E E DANCE st a r t s a t 8 P M ,: .... h Music by Hot Lag ts DJ for BEST PARADE PARTICIPANTS Many cate3ories to enter! To enter Parade, call Mi.chelle @ 575-557-2311 We would like to thank everyone for the food, beverages, paper goods, flowers, plants and monetary donations. There are no words that could ever describe our gratitude for the support we have received since the passing of our beloved Father, Ruben G. Pantoja. A very special thank you to'the following: Gila Regional Hospice Staff for the extraordinary care they provided. Father Ron for the beautiful services. The Primos for the church choir and the Rosary Lohta Marquez and Vera Newell for their help in serving all the guests that attended the luncheon. ~.~ Thank you again to everyone for all the support and ._~y/d~ friendship we have received during this difficult time. \ 1