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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010 2010-11 Cotton City 4-H Officers:Top (L-R)Yana Karp, Cap Massey, Lindsey Massey and Boris Karp. Bottom (L-R) Colton Allen, Dallas Pompeo, Zachary Winkler, Garrett Green,Troy Pompeo and Chase O'Byrne. Not pictured: Marlana Moore, Kelsey Shelton, Jaycee & Orin Offutt and Sky Davenport. Cotton City 4-H Club kicks off new program year By TROY POMPEO, Reporter The Cotton City 4-H Club begins a new year by electing a new officer team. These officers Will be leading the members throughout what will be another fun-filled and exciting year. The 0tl-leers were installed at the No- dent-Chase O'Byrne, Secretary- Re-enrollment and new en- Marlana Moore, Treasurer-Jaycee rollment for the current 4-H year Offutt. Reporter-Troy Pompeo, is underway. Members recently County Council Representative- submitted record books that Kelsey Shelton, County Council completed the 2009-2010 pro- Alternate-Sky DavenpOrt. and gram year. The members along with their parents and leaders will Song/Pledge/Recreation Lead- be treated to an Awards Banquet ers-Garrett Green, Boris Karp, on Sunday, December 12th where vember meeting and are Presi- Yana Karp, Cap Massey, Lindsey dent-Dallas Pompeo. \;ice Presi- Massey, Orin Offutt. and Zachary dent-Colton Allen. 2na Vice Presi- Winkler. web look members will be recognized and rewarded for their hard work on their 4-H projects. finding ular services even easier By MARK LASSITERISSA Press Officer. '. Michael J. Astrue. Commis- sioner of Social Security, this Week unveiled the agency's newly ',designed home page at that will help visitors more quickly and easily find the information and services they need. One of the key features of the redesigned home page is a service channeling guide, which appears m the left hand column of the page. The guide links users directly to the most popular pages on Social Security's web site the services visitors are most likely to want to use. "We set out to make Social Security's new home page even easier for visitors to find the ser- vices and information they need." Commissioner Astrue said, "and our new look reflects the useful feedback we received from the poblic during testing. Almost everyone either needs the information on our site or can use it to help a relative or Sunshine Haven's Therapy Team'includes from right to left, Ruben Abeyta, Armi Rodriguez and Johni Gandara. SHNH's therapy department is top notch By LORENZO ALBA, JR. Goodness, what a great ,~veek! Excitement is still loom- mg amidst the great news we did receive last week about the De- partrpent of Health awarding us re-certification of our Medicare ~, provider number. Wow! This gives us an opportunity ~ better serve this community d raise the bar for services avail- ffole in health care in the commu- nity. Sunshine Haven Nursing Home does have a pretty great therapy department. And I, do want take time out to introduce them to everyone! Our resident Physical Thera- pist is none other than Ruben Abeyta,.who is also the owner/ therapist at Abeyta Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. Inc. right here in Lordsburg. Mr. Abeyta has been an asset for Lordsburg since he began his business several years ago. And here at Sunshine Haven is one of our most beloved pro- viders: we are super blessed to have him on our team Our COTA. Certified Oc- cupational Therapist Assistant, is Johni Gandara. Like Abeyta. she is also beloved by our resi- dents and will bring much ex- perience to our future skilled nursing patients. Gandara is still attending school and will soon graduate with her degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Armi Rodriguez runs our Restorative Therapy Program. Like the latter, our residents too. love her. The team's bedside manner and love for what they .do and the residents makes them the very best in our area. We are very blessed to have them on our team. Well that is it for this week! See ya next week. stop by and see us! SHNH receives Medicare A certification. Courtesy submission The management and staff at Sunshine Haven Nursing Home received some long awaited good news last week wfien its corpo- rate office. Cathedral Rock and the New Mexico Department of Health informed the facility's management they were certified to receive Medicare A patients once again. "It was as ifa weight has been lifted off our backs." said Sun- shine Haven's Admissions/Social Services Director Lorenzo Alba. Jr. "The management team and staff have been working dili- gently, along with our corporate office, for some time now to make this a reality for all of us and the community." "This community and Hidalgo County will really ben- efit from the services Sunshine Haven will now be able to pro- vide," he added. Sunshine Haven lost its Medicaid and Medicare A certi- fications in May 2009 after a De- partment of Health survey deter- mined the facility was not in compliance. Despite obvious issues with management and staffing that proved to be detrimental to the facility, Sunshine Haven was for- tun~te enough to continue ta ser- vice the residents already living in the facility. Cathedral Rock. in a proac- tire move. brought in current Sunshine Haven Nursing Home Administrator Greg Whitaker a month prior to the state ceasing certification privileges for MedZ icaid and Medicare. "The first thing we did was reevaluate our management team and staff and made the necessary changes," said Whitaker. "Once our management team was rees- tablished, we built on our strengths and worked on strengthening our Weaknesses. setting our expectations very high for ourselves." In December 2009. the facil- ity received its Medicaid re-cer- tification after a state survey. The facility has undergone positive changes in 2010. includ- ing the implementation of rigor- ous in-service training programs, key management team hires, re- modeling of the t00 Wing in the facility, infrastructure improve- ments and a very personal and neighb.0r. S e9~~ for yourself at www, soci~ls~urity.gxw.'- '-: ..... ;extended marketing program, in Other features of the new home pa~e ixa'eludba' rotating "'showcase" that provides high visibility for significant agency initiatives that benefit the American public. Redesigned subpages for the major Social Security benefit programs -- Retirement, Disability, Survi- vors. SSI, and Medicare are easily accessed by clicking on the row of horizontal blue but- tons at the top of the home page. An additional button Busi- ness Services links to a por- tal with information and services Social Security offers to busi- nesses. A news section keeps readers up-to-date on important Social Security announcements. and a large question mark on the right side of the page takes visi- tors to f~equently asked ques- tlons. While the look of the Southwest New Mexico and Southeastern Arizona. But ~vhile census numbers were growing and quality of care was improving, Sunshine Haven was still in limbo over its Medi- care A provider number. The good news could not come soon enough. "Cathedral Rock has worked hard with 'the State Surveyor and Ombudsmen programs as well as broughtin a Quality Improve- ment Review panel and indepen- dent Quality Improvement Healthcare consulting team to irhprove the standard and elevate the quality of care at Sunshine Haven," said Jeremy Averella, re- gional director of business devel- opment. "Being awarded MCR re-certification is a by-product of these efforts and measures." "Receiving our Medicare A certification is a huge benefit for the community because we do not have to turn down referrals for la~k of being able to provide the services needed," said Whitaker. "We will be able to help local people in need of skilled nursing. I firmly believe that having Medi- care A will unite Sunshine Haven with the community more now than ever before." H!dalgo County and - Lordsburg, as well as the imme- diate region, will benefit from this re-certification. In a community like Lordsburg with a high popu-, lation of seniors, these services are in demand. Skilled nursing and therapy services will be ben- eficial to the community's heatthcare needs. "This is an immediate ben- efit to healthcare to' the commu-: nity and surrounding areas. People do not have to travel long distances to get the care and therapy they need. Being close to their loved ones, resources and home is more c0ndumve to the recovery process," said Averella. "Being awarded MCR re- certification ~s a testament of the elevated quality of care and level of focus of Sunshine Haven's staff and management. Sun shine Ha- ven is on the path to raise the standard of healthcare in its com- munity," he added. LHS Council Meeting Nov. 23 On Tuesday, November 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Lordsburg High School t6 invite par- ents to a High School Council meeting held in the LHS Library. The0meeting will be an oppol~u- nity to discuss items of interest to parents, students, teachers and administration. website may have changed, the bookmarked links to users' fa- vorite, pages have not. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Social Security has the three highest rated online services in all of governmer~t - the Retire- ment Estimator. online benefit application, and the Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs application. The cus- tomer- satisfaction scores for these online services exceed .the top-rated commercial site, Netflix. To visit Social Security's redesigned home page go to Diabetes Awareness Walk held Gay. Richardson to use expected federal money to partially restore childcare cuts Courtesy information Governor Bill Richardson has directed the state Human Services Department to plan on using expected funding recently passed by Congress to restore some budget cuts for childcare assistance. The state has applied for federal grant money recently passed by Congress. Nearly $8.7 million could be available to reduce childcare pi'ovider budget cuts from 8 percent to 4 percent. The money would alsO enable the state to extend childcare assistance at that level through the rest of the budget year. which ends in June 2011. Governor Richardson recently provided $2 million in federal stimulus money to help offset some of the federal and legislative cuts to childcare services. "I am doing everything possible to offset the loss of federal money and deal with the tremendous increase in the demand for childcare services." Governor Bill Richardson said. "This grant money, in addi- tion to the gtimulus money I provided, will ensure that vulnerablev- families continue to have access to this essential assistance during tough economic times.'~ .................. Hidalgo Medical Services/La Vida hosted a Diabetes Awareness Walk at Maverick Stadium last Saturday afternoon. La Vida is a free service at HMS to help with the prevention and early detection of diabetes, a disease with deadly consequences. For more information call HMS at 575-542-8384. Name $30 Hidalgo County 212E, Motel Drive Suite B Lordsburg, NM 88045 year Address F / City, State, Zip liT THE )in us for Nov. 25 inner Roasted Turkey with Gravy& Dressing Cranberry Sauce California Blend Ve Yams or Mashed Potatoes Cream of Broccoli Soup't or Dinner Salad Dinner Roll Pumpkin Pie Adult $9.25 Child $6.95 So that our employees may enjoy part of the holiday with their families, we will close at 4:0(I p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. ! ran Family Restaurant r Dear Kids of Lordsburg, It's that time of year again! I hope that all of you have been good this .past year. 1 just wanted to make " sure everybody knows where to send their letters" to Santa.t Here is' my address: Santa Claus PO Box 9998 North Pole Make sure to drop it in your mailbox and put the flag up7 Hope to hear from you soon, Santa I I t t