Magdalena to have new practitioner

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A representative for Presbyterian Medical Services announced at the council meeting on Monday, July 16, that the Magdalena Area Health Center’s new nurse practitioner will start in late September.

The announcement of the new nurse practitioner started a conversation about how the new federal healthcare bill upheld by the Supreme Court in late June will affect Magdalena.

Council member Diane Allen raised concerns about the bill. She said it will manifest itself in the form of longer waits at the doctor’s office. She also said that Medicare coverage will expand next year.

“It’s a flawed piece of legislation,” said Paul Silva, the director of the Socorro Community Health Center, which is the parent of the Magdalena clinic. “But it has to be because of its size.”

The representative said there will be a change in structure of how people are cared for. Teams of healthcare providers will look after a patient, he said.

He also said many doctors are looking for jobs that are not in rural communities, like Magdalena.

That’s why having a clinic and nurse practitioner in the village is important, said Genevieve Robran, the western region director for PMS, at the meeting.

Robran told the council the new nurse practitioner has to move from Arkansas to Magdalena. Robran said the new nurse practitioner and her husband love the community of Magdalena and are looking forward to living there. The Chieftain was unable to obtain her name by press time.

The previous nurse practitioner, Carmen Mosley, resigned effective Sept. 7. Robran told the council Mosley was commuting from Albuquerque to fulfill her duties at the clinic.

The clinic has treated 180 patients in the first six months of 2012.

In other actions, the council

  • Heard from Village Clerk Rita Broaddus that the fiscal year 2011-12 revenue expense report was finalized and that the new budget for fiscal year 2012-13 was almost done as well. The village also received an informal audit from the Housing and Urban Development Department. The audit was for the repaving project on Pine Street.
  • Tabled a decision until the next meeting concerning the possibility of funding a Socorro County general 4-H agent at three-fourths time. The county’s Cooperative Extension Service is asking for $1,000 from the village for this fiscal year in order to fund the position.
  • Marshal Chief Larry Cearley said, in terms of law enforcement, the Old Timers Reunion went well. The Marshal’s Office had only one arrest, and 11 traffic and criminal violations citations were handed out.
  • Steve Bailey, the public works officer, said in regards to the lagoons for the village’s sewage system that the earthwork that needed to be done on them was complete. A section of lining had torn during the windy season and is now being replaced, Broaddus said.

 

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