Alamogordo In The News
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Alamogordo, NM

#1 Jul 29, 2012
There were two news stories about Alamogordo this morning on KOAT (apparently they don't have them on their website yet or else I would link to them; but I did find the second story also in the Albq. Journal).

One accident on Hwy 82 claimed one life, injured 3. The driver of a Mustang crossed the center line colliding with two trucks. The driver of the Mustang died en route to the hospital. It was reported that the 3 others injured are expected to recover. Speed was believed to have been a factor.

And the following:

$33 Million Settlement in Spine Cases

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter on Sun, Jul 29, 2012

About 80 malpractice claims against two physicians and Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo have been settled for more than $33 million.

The agreement will permit the 65-year-old nonprofit hospital to emerge from bankruptcy protection it sought a year ago, citing the “onslaught” of lawsuits alleging fraud, negligence and battery.

But the case continues against two of the insurers for the firm that manages the hospital, where patients with back problems were injected with Plexiglas-like bone cement in an unorthodox procedure that left them with severe pain and injuries.

An attorney for the hospital didn’t return a Journal phone call or an email. A hospital spokeswoman didn’t return a request for comment last week.

Lisa K. Curtis, an Albuquerque attorney who is one of eight lawyers representing the former patients, said the partial settlement will end the bankruptcy proceeding that could have jeopardized the hospital’s financial viability.

“We worked with the hospital to keep it alive,” Curtis said.“We need there to be a hospital in Alamogordo. Our clients need a reasonable place to get care.”

Court records show the litigation will now focus on two insurance companies for Quorum Health Resources LLC, a national firm that manages more than 150 hospitals nationwide. So far Lexington Insurance Company, which is owned by AIG, and Ironshore Insurance have refused to pay damages, court records show.

Quorum was accused of negligently hiring and supervising Dr. Christian Schlicht, allowing him and his colleague, Dr. Frank Bryant, to perform the questionable spinal procedures between 2006 and 2008.

According to bankruptcy court records, QHR and another insurance company will pay about $13.5 million toward the settlement, while the hospital will contribute about $7.5 million over three years. Bryant settled for $11.5 million.

QHR, meanwhile, will continue to manage care at Gerald Champion, which is Otero County’s largest healthcare facility, court records show.

Before settlement proceeds are disbursed to the plaintiffs, Medicare, Medicaid and other third-party insurers that paid for the controversial surgeries will be reimbursed and attorneys fees paid. It isn’t clear from bankruptcy records how much each patient will receive.

Since filing suit, four of the 80 former patients have died. One expert attributed one of those deaths to a complication of receiving the cement injection.

“We are fighting for these people to have some justice,” said Las Cruces attorney Denise Torres, who represents 12 former patients.“Whatever justice we can get is not going to be enough,” Torres said.“But there’s at least four people who won’t see it. They’re gone, and that is what really is sad.”
— This article appeared on page A6 of the Albuquerque Journal
Darwin award winner

Alamogordo, NM

#2 Jul 29, 2012
Another asshat speeding on Hwy 82.
No big loss
Sad But True

Alamogordo, NM

#3 Jul 29, 2012
It's just sad that Alamogordo is distinguishing itself in the news in this sad way. Is there a new "lawyer gone bad" story we can add?
Sad But True

Alamogordo, NM

#4 Jul 29, 2012
Our drivers, our lawyers, and our doctors...you would think at least ONE would help disntinguish us with a GOOD news story.
Newsflash

Alamogordo, NM

#5 Jul 29, 2012
Sad But True wrote:
It's just sad that Alamogordo is distinguishing itself in the news in this sad way. Is there a new "lawyer gone bad" story we can add?
Good news doesn't sell papers
Sad But True

Alamogordo, NM

#6 Jul 29, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/cad2gm6

This one is a sad story for the state as a whole.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-
A recently released report found that nearly every state is taking better care of their children than New Mexico.

The Kids Count Report looked at more criteria than in the past, and the results are worse. New Mexico ranked 49th.

Action News Anchor Tanya Mendis said there is a call to action coming from people who work with children every day.

"New Mexico has not been doing well by its kids," said Christine Hollis, director of the New Mexico Kids Count Project. "It's a little time to get angry. A little bit. Or to say,'this is enough.'"

Kids Count studies a variety of factors from children's health and wellness to how many kids live in poverty.

This year the survey looked at another factor and that's how New Mexico slipped from 46 to 49.

""We're seeing a lot of new indicators in the education area, and New Mexico is doing very poorly in that," Hollis said.

Among the issues are lack of preschool education, kids who can't read by the fourth grade and eighth graders who struggle in math.

"This is a make-or-break indicator for them in terms of how well they're going to do in school," Hollis said. "Well, New Mexico is dead last."

"I think funding is a crucial issue," said Jenny Ramo from New Mexico Appleseed, which provides health programs for kids. She it's time for legislators to take a hard look at the Kids Count Report.

"I think, we need to start making the connection between a strong economy and how we treat our poor children," she said. "There's just no way that these children are not getting the food they need; not getting the health care, not getting the education to grow up and be vibrant parts of the economy."

"This is affecting not just a small group of kids or families," Hollis said. "This is affecting all of us because if all of our children do well, then all of us are going to prosper in the long run."

Since: Sep 08

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#7 Jul 29, 2012
Newsflash wrote:
<quoted text>
Good news doesn't sell papers
The ADN cannot even sell papers, i have seen them in the past at different locations giving them away trying to gain subscriptions.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#8 Jul 29, 2012
Sad But True wrote:
There were two news stories about Alamogordo this morning on KOAT (apparently they don't have them on their website yet or else I would link to them; but I did find the second story also in the Albq. Journal).
One accident on Hwy 82 claimed one life, injured 3. The driver of a Mustang crossed the center line colliding with two trucks. The driver of the Mustang died en route to the hospital. It was reported that the 3 others injured are expected to recover. Speed was believed to have been a factor.
And the following:
$33 Million Settlement in Spine Cases
By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter on Sun, Jul 29, 2012
About 80 malpractice claims against two physicians and Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo have been settled for more than $33 million.
The agreement will permit the 65-year-old nonprofit hospital to emerge from bankruptcy protection it sought a year ago, citing the “onslaught” of lawsuits alleging fraud, negligence and battery.
But the case continues against two of the insurers for the firm that manages the hospital, where patients with back problems were injected with Plexiglas-like bone cement in an unorthodox procedure that left them with severe pain and injuries.
An attorney for the hospital didn’t return a Journal phone call or an email. A hospital spokeswoman didn’t return a request for comment last week.
Lisa K. Curtis, an Albuquerque attorney who is one of eight lawyers representing the former patients, said the partial settlement will end the bankruptcy proceeding that could have jeopardized the hospital’s financial viability.
“We worked with the hospital to keep it alive,” Curtis said.“We need there to be a hospital in Alamogordo. Our clients need a reasonable place to get care.”
Court records show the litigation will now focus on two insurance companies for Quorum Health Resources LLC, a national firm that manages more than 150 hospitals nationwide. So far Lexington Insurance Company, which is owned by AIG, and Ironshore Insurance have refused to pay damages, court records show.
Quorum was accused of negligently hiring and supervising Dr. Christian Schlicht, allowing him and his colleague, Dr. Frank Bryant, to perform the questionable spinal procedures between 2006 and 2008.
According to bankruptcy court records, QHR and another insurance company will pay about $13.5 million toward the settlement, while the hospital will contribute about $7.5 million over three years. Bryant settled for $11.5 million.
QHR, meanwhile, will continue to manage care at Gerald Champion, which is Otero County’s largest healthcare facility, court records show.
Before settlement proceeds are disbursed to the plaintiffs, Medicare, Medicaid and other third-party insurers that paid for the controversial surgeries will be reimbursed and attorneys fees paid. It isn’t clear from bankruptcy records how much each patient will receive.
Since filing suit, four of the 80 former patients have died. One expert attributed one of those deaths to a complication of receiving the cement injection.
“We are fighting for these people to have some justice,” said Las Cruces attorney Denise Torres, who represents 12 former patients.“Whatever justice we can get is not going to be enough,” Torres said.“But there’s at least four people who won’t see it. They’re gone, and that is what really is sad.”
— This article appeared on page A6 of the Albuquerque Journal
Thanks for the update information.
Sad But True

Alamogordo, NM

#9 Jul 29, 2012
Newsflash wrote:
<quoted text>
Good news doesn't sell papers
Just read my screen name...

But most newspapers are finding out that even "dirty laundry" doesn't sell papers anymore, print versions anyway. That's why, like with ADN, so many of them are starting to charge for online versions. Luckily, there are ways around even that.
Land Locked Muff Diver

Alamogordo, NM

#10 Jul 29, 2012
Sad But True wrote:
http://tinyurl.com/cad2gm6
This one is a sad story for the state as a whole.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-
A recently released report found that nearly every state is taking better care of their children than New Mexico.
The Kids Count Report looked at more criteria than in the past, and the results are worse. New Mexico ranked 49th.
Action News Anchor Tanya Mendis said there is a call to action coming from people who work with children every day.
"New Mexico has not been doing well by its kids," said Christine Hollis, director of the New Mexico Kids Count Project. "It's a little time to get angry. A little bit. Or to say,'this is enough.'"
Kids Count studies a variety of factors from children's health and wellness to how many kids live in poverty.
This year the survey looked at another factor and that's how New Mexico slipped from 46 to 49.
""We're seeing a lot of new indicators in the education area, and New Mexico is doing very poorly in that," Hollis said.
Among the issues are lack of preschool education, kids who can't read by the fourth grade and eighth graders who struggle in math.
"This is a make-or-break indicator for them in terms of how well they're going to do in school," Hollis said. "Well, New Mexico is dead last."
"I think funding is a crucial issue," said Jenny Ramo from New Mexico Appleseed, which provides health programs for kids. She it's time for legislators to take a hard look at the Kids Count Report.
"I think, we need to start making the connection between a strong economy and how we treat our poor children," she said. "There's just no way that these children are not getting the food they need; not getting the health care, not getting the education to grow up and be vibrant parts of the economy."
"This is affecting not just a small group of kids or families," Hollis said. "This is affecting all of us because if all of our children do well, then all of us are going to prosper in the long run."
I've basically known such many years ago. Anyone coming from somewhere else in America will come here, and quickly notice the sub-standard degree of education children, and adults have.

It is the education system's fault? I believe that's just a small percentage of the problem. That children here do not take their educations one bit seriously.

Do any school children of today go home with books, do any homework? I have rarely ever seen on with a book in hand since living in this stste. But they sure do have those cell phones running around the clock, don't they?

The sad thing, is many will face a future rude awakening, finding that thery're the new generation of KFC-McDonalds employees, and Dominos Pizza Delivery Drivers.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#11 Jul 29, 2012
Land Locked Muff Diver wrote:
<quoted text>
I've basically known such many years ago. Anyone coming from somewhere else in America will come here, and quickly notice the sub-standard degree of education children, and adults have.
It is the education system's fault? I believe that's just a small percentage of the problem. That children here do not take their educations one bit seriously.
Do any school children of today go home with books, do any homework? I have rarely ever seen on with a book in hand since living in this stste. But they sure do have those cell phones running around the clock, don't they?
The sad thing, is many will face a future rude awakening, finding that thery're the new generation of KFC-McDonalds employees, and Dominos Pizza Delivery Drivers.
Oh look a troll gets to come out and play again..How childish you are, and not man enough to register and have a honest opinated discussion, typical sock puppet on topix.
Very sad

Alamogordo, NM

#12 Jul 29, 2012
It is very sad that QHR is still going to manage the hospital! The hospital is hurting for patients!
judith

Carlsbad, NM

#13 Jul 29, 2012
Sad But True wrote:
http://tinyurl.com/cad2gm6
This one is a sad story for the state as a whole.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-
A recently released report found that nearly every state is taking better care of their children than New Mexico.
The Kids Count Report looked at more criteria than in the past, and the results are worse. New Mexico ranked 49th.
Action News Anchor Tanya Mendis said there is a call to action coming from people who work with children every day.
"New Mexico has not been doing well by its kids," said Christine Hollis, director of the New Mexico Kids Count Project. "It's a little time to get angry. A little bit. Or to say,'this is enough.'"
Kids Count studies a variety of factors from children's health and wellness to how many kids live in poverty.
This year the survey looked at another factor and that's how New Mexico slipped from 46 to 49.
""We're seeing a lot of new indicators in the education area, and New Mexico is doing very poorly in that," Hollis said.
Among the issues are lack of preschool education, kids who can't read by the fourth grade and eighth graders who struggle in math.
"This is a make-or-break indicator for them in terms of how well they're going to do in school," Hollis said. "Well, New Mexico is dead last."
"I think funding is a crucial issue," said Jenny Ramo from New Mexico Appleseed, which provides health programs for kids. She it's time for legislators to take a hard look at the Kids Count Report.
"I think, we need to start making the connection between a strong economy and how we treat our poor children," she said. "There's just no way that these children are not getting the food they need; not getting the health care, not getting the education to grow up and be vibrant parts of the economy."
"This is affecting not just a small group of kids or families," Hollis said. "This is affecting all of us because if all of our children do well, then all of us are going to prosper in the long run."
NM if full of illegals - soooo what did you expect?
No way Jose

Alamogordo, NM

#14 Jul 29, 2012
judith wrote:
<quoted text>
NM if full of illegals - soooo what did you expect?
Don't just pick on the illegals in NM.

You gots lots more than this, that's ruined this state.

Ask yourself, what state isn;t shit right now? They all are.

Thank the feds.
Yeah Right

Alamogordo, NM

#15 Jul 29, 2012
Land Locked Sailor wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh look a troll gets to come out and play again..How childish you are, and not man enough to register and have a honest opinated discussion, typical sock puppet on topix.
I think it's so funny that you exalt yourself because you have "registered". Registering only means something if you use your real name. Registering a fake name is no better than typing it in, like you still so often do. Until you use your real name, "Land Locked Sailor" is still just a "sock puppet" for who you really are.

By the way, what is "opinated"? I've never seen that word before. Is it only in the LLS Dictionary? Where can I get a copy so from now on I'll know LLS Speak? Bwahhhhh Ha Ha Ha!
Resident

Alamogordo, NM

#16 Jul 29, 2012
It looks like not even KASA FOX could do a full report on the Chapter 11! I guess they don't even know how to do Investigative Reporting!

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