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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014 9 ber is National nt Rights Month Submitted by SONDRA EVERHART/ State Long Term Care Ombudsman October is National Long- Term Care Residents' Rights Month, a time to acknowledge the contributions many long- term care (LTC) residents have made to better our community and to call attention to the rights of residents in long-term care facilities. State and Federal laws and regulations guarantee that residents who make their home in all types of long-term care facilities maintain their rights as U.S. Citizens, and gain addi- tional rights as residents. These include, but are not limited to: individualized care, respect, dig-. nity, the right to visitation, the right to privacy, the right to complain, and the right to be free of abuse, neglect and ex- ploitation. Long-term care is an issue that affects many of us; more than 40% of Americans who reach the age of 65 will spend some time in a nursing home during their remaining years. This year's theme -Better Staff- ing: The Key to Better Care was selected to educate residents, family members and the com- munity on the impact of staff- ing in long-term care. Resident experiences and numerous stud- ies, articles and government documents have identified the important relationship between direct care staff and quality of care provided. Residents' Rights Month is also an opportunity to recognize our ombudsman volunteers who work to Promote residents' rights, assist residents with com- plaints, and provide a voice to elders and adults with disabili- ties whose voices might other- wise go unheard. In New Mexico, there are 110 volunteer Ombudsmen who dedicate their time to serve more than 12,000 long-term care residents in 340 licensed and unlicensed facili- ties statewide. Our Ombudsmen Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Herald urges readers to voice ./ tel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed "to hcherald@aznex .net. Letters should include ideas, viewpoints, criticism and news analysis that encourage discussion on issues that have an impact on the community Facts must be annotated. Letters that contain information that cannot be easily verified, libelous statements or name calling will be rejected. Letters should be no longer than 250 words An author maY have a letter or guest opinion every 30 days. Who you know? Dear Editor: It's not what you know, it's WHO you know. Yea, yea, we've all heard this saying, but have YOU experi- enced it? Small towns have their ben- efits. Everyone knows everyone, directions are easy, the environ- ment for raising kids is safe and small town pride is like none you've ever seen. Small towns also have their drawbacks. Everyone knows ev- eryone. Your business becomes everyone else's (whether you want it to or not), the nightlife is extremely limited and getting a decent job depends on what your name is, what family you belong to and the political favor paybacks owed by those in hir- ing positions at the time. Huh? What is your name, who your family is and political favors? Are you serious? Sadly, yes. Anyone who has navigated the application and interview process for Hidalgo County knows this to be true; but they also know there's nothing they can do about it. Those who have applied also know the same people continually sit on the in- terview panels and are told not to call back if they are proactive and check on their application. I mean, you can't change your name for each application and you certainly can't change who your family is. Should you have to? Should you be denied an em- ployment opportunity simply because those in the hiring posi- tion owe political favors? Should you not call to inquire about the status of your application? Candidate selection for a job/career with Hidalgo County, and everywhere, should be unbi- ased and based on one's qualifi- cations, education and work ex- perience. Prospective job seekers SHOULD inquire about the sta- tus of their applications and should not be told nottO call back because, "It bothers the secre- tary". Candidate selection, how- ever, should not be based on one's last name, who they claim as their family and most definitely should not be based on the repayment of political favors. But it's not what you know, it's WHO you know. Network wisely, people. Oh yea, and call to check on the status of your application when the secretary is not busy. Terry Fredericks Lordsburg Care resolve more than 4,400 com- plaints, offer more than 10,000 hours of service each year and ensure that our most vulnerable citizens never lose their voice. The Ombudsman program is housed in the New Mexico Ag- ing and Long-Term Services Department "and may be reached via the following numbers: Santa Fe & Northeastern New Mexico 1-866-451-2901 Albuquerque & Northwest- ern New Mexico 1-866-842- 9230 Las Cruces & Southern New Mexico 1-800-762-8690 As New Mexico joins the national celebration of Resi- dents' Rights, I encourage com- munity members to visit those they know in a long-term care facility, volunteer in a facility, participate in Residents' Rights Month events or inquire about becoming a volunteer long-term care ombudsman. Your assis- tance and attention helps to en- sure that the voices of long-term care residents do not go unheard and demonstrates to residents that they have not been forgot- ten. GRMC Ebola plan being tested Submitted by GRMClSilver City Gila Regional Medical Cen- ter (GRMC) has plans in place to deal with Ebola and other in- fectious diseases that may present at the hospital. Emergency Room Direc- tor, Angle Zimbelman, said the procedures, based on CDC guidelines, are being reviewed as new information becomes available. "Our procedures will be tested and our staff trained to care for patients in a safe manner, including the use of personal protective clothing and the procedure required to iso- late a suspected patient," stated Zimbelman. "Training is vital to the success of any protocol, " we fully understand the impor- tance of this step," stated Zimbelman. GRMC Chief Executive Officer, Brian Cunningham, in- dicated that these procedures are meant to ensure our caregivers and communities are well cared for. "We are work- ing with extreme diligence to ensure clear protocols are com- municated, tested and followed by our staff and providers," stated Cunningham. Cyclist travels 2,000 to raise awareness for fallen Border Patrol agent BrianTerry Herald staff report 2014. . for the Brian Terry Foundation. Erik "Trek" Utrecht, who is Utrecht says the goal of his To donate to the Brian Terry riding 2,000 miles to raise aware- 23-day, 2,000 mile trek is simply Foundation, visit www.honor ness for the Brian Terry Founda- to raise awareness and donations .brianterry.com tion, stopped at the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station last Wednesday. According to honor brianterry.com, Brian Terry was a "Marine, a local cop, a Border Patrol Agent and a BORTAC member who was killed by a gun given to criminals in a politically driven operation to demonize the 2A, responsible gun owners and the great people that are the fire- arms industry." Utrecht left Terry's home- town of Flat Rock, MI, on Sep- tember 15, 2014 and concluded in Bisbee, AZ--the home of the Brian Terry Border Patrol Sta- tion-on Thursday, October 9, nsumer ./Bankruptcy hop in Las Cruces Oct. 23 Submitted by STATE BAR OF and the State Bar of New Mexico Mexico was organized in 1886 NMIAIbuquerque Bankruptcy Law Section, this and is composed of more than A Consumer Debt/Bank- program is a working partnership 9,000 members. Its purposes are ruptcy Workshop will be held at that seeks to educate the public to aid the courts in administering 5:30 p.m., Oct. 23, at the Law Of- on consumer issues and on the justice and preserving the rule of fice of Kenneth Egan, 1111 E resources available to meet lega! law, and to foster a high standard Lohman Ave., Las Cruces, NM needs, of integrity and competence 88011. The State Bar of New within the legal profession. The free 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 ill attorney. This event is a commu- Hey,, ng citizens informed. nity service open to the public. Call 1-800-876-6227 for more If you want EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS from information. Hidalgo County, visit www.hidalgocounty.org and Sponsored by the New click on the CODE RED image to register. Mexico State Bar Foundation ] EXPERIENCEmakestheD ERENCE] I BANKRUPTCY I PHONE CONSULTATIONS O,u,b. Reward l ffered for information leading to the arrest e,c. C_.h you over and on, iction of persons responsible for the death of Ii .estock, destruction of property, and trashing of 1-800-533-2757 area at the Willow Springs corral south of Hidalgo County Assessor I she will make an appointment to meet Lordsburg on or around Monday, October 13. .,,0 with you in Lordsburg at a later date. _JL- C all 5 75- 313- 26 0 6. Your vote on November 4, 2014 Will be sincerely appreciated! Hidalgo County Probate For Appointments call 575-542.8705 o, entail hcherald@aznex.net Available at the Hidalgo Cou~b HerMd..212 East Motel Drive, Lot&burg, NM Sunday School 9:45 AM Sunday Services 11 AM First Baptist Church] I of Lordsburg I llt/~,(~[,' 3rd & Animas Streets] ,v-v L0rdsburg, NM 880451 57 i-542-3787 CACCOUNTABILITY CETHICS CPROACTIVE APPROACH nEE rianne "Mimi'! Hidalgo County missioner Position 1 ilCd VARELA JIZ I77/ie d, a/Jii :!CUnh qdC;=7 e Stiner | "Gteatt m;::eTSn :Ym the federal and Improve county, roads...the right way. Improve our health and drinking water. Consider raises for county employees. Work with city and county governments to make Hidalgo County better. Tryto bring new businesses to town ...not just rhetoric. , ' PAID BY CANDIDATE There needs to be a proactive approach to County Government, Policy/Procedures need to be updated, But most importantly, THEY NEED TO BE FOLLOWED by all administrators and employees. Business CANNOT continue as usual.