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kristy arambula rsKristy Arambula, RN at the Gila Regional Cancer CenterKristy Arambula is a Registered Nurse at Gila Regional Medical Center's (GRMC) Cancer Center. She has been in nursing for 2 years, her first year and a half as a floor nurse and the past 7 months in Oncology.

"I love oncology," said Ms. Arambula. "Now that I am here, I cannot picture myself doing anything else.

asiamarie garcia rsAsiamarie GarciaAsiamarie Garcia, a student from Tucson, AZ, was recently awarded the Nancy Kailing Memorial Scholarship by PFLAG Silver City. Majoring in social work and minoring in early childhood education, Ms. Garcia stumbled upon WNMU while still in high school.

raul turrieta rsSilver City, NM – July 19-23, Long-time resident and local athlete, Raul Turrieta, returned today from the 2017 New Mexico Senior Olympics in Albuquerque with three gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal. He received gold medals in Huachas, the 400 meter and 800 meter estimated runs, an event where an athlete estimates a time and runs as close to pace as possible. He also medaled silver in the softball throw for his 168-foot throw, second to his long-time friend and rival, Mark Jones, with a 215-foot throw. He is most proud of his 800 meter run bronze medal which came immediately after he ran the 1500 meter run. Other Grant County residents who competed in 2017 events included Gene Bates, Jimmy Head, Timothy Davis, Carney Foy, Maria Elena Galindo, Fred Grahn, Katherine Henderson, Ronald Henderson, Robert Manning, Mario Quintana, Chris Trujillo, Michele Valencia, Rachel Valencia, and Thomas Morrish. Event results will be made available at http://nmseniorolympics.org/category/records-results.

Raul is committed to continued competition stating, "Even if I have to run for the next two years, I am going to be a national qualifier." The New Mexico Senior Olympics is dedicated to provide adults 50+ with opportunities for a healthy active lifestyle. Its mission is to promote physical fitness for seniors statewide: provide year-round opportunities and motivation for adults 50+ to participate in local, state and national games. In 2019 the City of Albuquerque will be the proud host of the National Senior Olympics attracting athletes nationwide.

cna bootcamp 072017 rs(foreground left to right) Janeanica Wade, CNA and Johnny Tafoya, CNA practice care on a simulated patient while Mary Flores, RN gives input and tips to help the incoming CNAs be better caregivers on day one. Also pictured in the background observing (left to right) are Megan Alvarado, CNA
and Jaleesa Castillo, CNA

July 21, 2017 – One of the biggest challenges in healthcare is knowing what to do and say when working with a real live patient on your first day. At Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) new Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are going through a boot camp training to improve patient care. Mary Flores, a Registered Nurse (RN) and Sonia Sanchez, a CNA, put the new CNAs through potential patient situations to help them be more prepared for real life patient interactions. A combination of techniques, such as role-playing and hands on simulations, are used to represent actual patient care scenarios that the CNAs will encounter at GRMC.

"The boot camp really helps to give the CNAs some insight into their day-to-day duties," said Mary Flores, RN. "The training improves overall patient care and caregiver morale. It is also a great team building experience. We keep the training fun and educational so that it really sticks with the new CNAs."

Initiatives such as the CNA Boot Camp help GRMC's staff give better care and a better hospital experience for patients and their families.

"It is important for our community to know that when they come to GRMC they will receive the very best care," said Taffy Arias, Chief Executive Officer at Gila Regional. "It is a given that all caregivers have the expertise to do their jobs. What makes the difference is being able to deliver quality care with compassion and understanding."

Gila Regional Medical Center is a county-owned, not-for-profit, 68-bed acute care hospital with a strong commitment to the people they serve. Investments in technology and certified caregivers provide quality care delivery through a patient-centered approach. It is home to the Gila Regional Cancer Center; the Surgical Center of the Southwest and was rated a 4-Star Quality Care Hospital by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

wnmu mariachi ensemble rs

Silver City, NM – Mariachi Plata struck all the right notes at a recent competition in Albuquerque, where the Western New Mexico University musical ensemble took home two top awards.

Mariachi Plata earned first place in the university category and second place overall at Mariachi Spectacular, an annual summer conference for mariachi ensembles throughout the region. The WNMU group returned to the event, having initially taken second place in 2016.

"Our group has really progressed over the last two years," said Bryant Chaffino, Mariachi Plata musical director. "I'm proud to say that Mariachi Plata has become a positive source of pride for Western."

The two-day conference and competition provided the student musicians with access to knowledge from renowned artists and composers. At least 14 ensembles performed in the contest.

The community-at-large can support Mariachi Plata's ongoing efforts by donating to the University Foundation. For more information, contact 575-538-6310.

shelly carter rsShelly Carter, RN at the Gila Regional Cancer CenterShelly Carter is a Registered Nurse at Gila Regional Medical Center's (GRMC) Cancer Center. She has been in nursing for 24 years with the past 14 years serving cancer patients at the Cancer Center as an employee of the New Mexico Cancer Center (NMCC) out of Albuquerque, NM. As part of the transition of care to the University of New Mexico (UNM) Comprehensive Cancer Center, all of the employees that were with NMCC were offered positions with GRMC. Mrs. Carter chose to stay with Gila Regional.

"It was a difficult decision, but I am very dedicated to all my patients and will do all I can to ensure that the highest quality of cancer care will continue at GRMC." said Mrs. Carter. "I am very optimistic about the transition, and I look forward to working with UNM in providing cancer care and growing with the organization."

The contract with UNM was signed on Monday, July 17, 2017 and Mrs. Carter was on the job Tuesday morning working to ensure current Cancer Center patients were getting the care they needed. Three oncologists from UNM are in the process of being credentialed to cover patient care once a week at the Cancer Center. This is only temporary until a full time oncologist can be put in place to cover services Monday through Friday.

"It is an honor having Shelly as part of our patient healthcare team," stated Taffy Arias, Chief Executive Officer at Gila Regional. "Besides her technical expertise, she also demonstrates treating all patients with compassion."

grmc chemotherapy roomGRMC Chemotherapy Room

July 19, 2017 – The Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Cancer Center enters a new chapter of cancer care with the widely accredited University of New Mexico (UNM) Comprehensive Cancer Center. Starting on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the transition process began. As part of the transition, two oncologists from UNM are being credentialed to cover patient care once a week at the Cancer Center. This will only be temporary until a full time oncologist can be put in place to cover services Monday through Friday. Patient care will resume as soon as Gila Regional hires a full time nurse practitioner or physician assistant. This provider will also need to go through two weeks of intense training with UNM prior to working at the Cancer Center. The search to identify this person is already underway.

"Now that the contract has been approved we will quickly move forward with assuring the continuance of quality patient care" stated Taffy Arias, Chief Executive Officer at GRMC.

Originally in the contract with New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants (NMOHC), there was a provision to provide 90 days of transitional care for the Cancer Center patients. For reasons of their own choosing, NMOHC only agreed to an administrative transition and not to cover clinical services. GRMC will be appointing a liaison to contact all patients and arrange for their individual care until services are restored.

"We take the care of all our patients very seriously," said GRMC Board of Trustees Chair Jeremiah Garcia. "Even with the added transitional challenges we will do everything in our power to ensure patients receive the care that they need."

Gila Regional Medical Center is a county-owned, not-for-profit, 68-bed acute care hospital with a strong commitment to the people they serve. Investments in technology and certified caregivers provide quality care delivery through a patient-centered approach. It is home to the Gila Regional Cancer Center; the Surgical Center of the Southwest and was rated a 4-Star Quality Care Hospital by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

international partnership rsL-R: Adrian Barbosa and Dr. Takahiro SatoSilver City, NM – After a year of establishing relations and forming agreements with several Mexican universities, the exchange of faculty and students between institutions is taking place by Western New Mexico University.

More than a dozen Mexican students who attend the Universidad de Occidente in different Mexican states are enrolled in a week of intensive English courses on the WNMU campus in Silver City.

WNMU has become a desired place for students throughout Mexico who are looking for an international experience that feels close to home.

"The Silver City community has been so welcoming to our Mexican students," said Manual Rodriguez, WNMU Language Institute Director. "Some students return, and many new students choose us for their English language studies because of the positive word of the mouth."

Earlier this summer, Adrian Barbosa, 29, of the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL), spent a week at the WNMU campus, a result of an exchange agreement between the two institutions. Barbosa is a candidate for the Ph.D. in Physical Education Science at UANL.

"I came here to work on my thesis and to utilize the great resources," said Barbosa. "We are trying to figure out if a gender invariance exists with professional athletes."

Barbosa is part of a group of students that is researching the interpersonal styles of coaches and how they affect psychological processes of athletes. Barbosa's team sampled a group of 1400 Mexican athletes between the ages of 17 and 28 years old.

"My experience at WNMU has been great, getting to know a new university and a different kind of work flow," said Barbosa who was guided by WNMU professors Dr. Takahiro Sato and Dr. Miguel Narvaez during his experience.

In February, the two professors participated in an international advisory board meeting in Mexico to discuss sports science curriculum, an outcome from a collaboration agreement with UANL. Board members included scholars from Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, and the United States.

The Division of External Affairs is preparing for upcoming opportunities of exchange by professors and students in the coming semester.

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