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Conejo, Healthcare Integrity file suit against RMCHCS

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Was it a conspiracy? Wrongful termination?  Inside politics?  Lack of communication?

A complaint filed against Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services by former CEO David Conejo and his management company Healthcare Integrity in U. S. District Court July 23 indicates it was a mix of these and more.

Conejo said...

Second hospital whistleblower wishes to remain anonymous

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Turmoil continues to rock the hospital with a second whistleblower who wishes to remain an anonymous source, came forward to the Gallup Sun on July 29 with claims of structural problems within the physical facility of the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital.

According to the source, areas within the hospital that are designated as sterile environments are not being kept sterile. Some of those areas were documented in pictures shown here.

The source explained that in one of these locations, where instruments and equipment are cleaned and sterilized, a clock on the wall hid a large hole and the paint was peeling on a door jamb. The source called these “infractions,” and said...

County discusses voiding Gross Receipts Tax Bonds

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The McKinley County Board of Commissioners discussed voiding the two oldest Gross Receipts Tax Bonds for the county during their July 14 meeting.

The board also discussed giving County Manager Anthony Dimas Jr. the authority to take the necessary steps to annul the two bonds, totaling over $5.3 million, as well as to amend the budget afterward.

This item had been previously discussed at several meetings, Dimas said.

“One bond is from 2010 for the complex where the Magistrate Court is, where the outstanding principal is $3.8 million,” he said. “Then there is a 2014 bond for the energy project we did for the buildings to upgrade to new energy and efficiency, where the total is...

No action taken on school district negotiations with union

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The Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education held a special meeting July 14 to discuss the collective bargaining strategy for continued negotiations between the district and the McKinley County Federation of United School Employees.

The negotiations involved reaching an agreement of terms for the upcoming school calendar and salary schedule, as well as communications with legal counsel regarding the scope of the New Mexico Public Education Department taking credit for federal CARES pandemic aid funding, and legally challenging the same impact negotiations on the district’s re-entry plan.

During the school board’s July 6 meeting, the board said the start of the school year...

N.M. COVID-19 cases top 20,000

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Driven by continued increases in cases in Bernalillo County and a detention center in Cibola County as part of the second-most COVID-19 cases announced in a single day in the state, the state of New Mexico passed 20,000 total confirmed cases on July 29.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced 352 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths related to the disease. The department has counted 20,136 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 632 deaths to date.

Bernalillo County, home of Albuquerque and by far the state’s most-populous county, had 87 new cases of COVID-19, but the Cibola County Correction Center had 76 new cases, more than any other county outside of Bernalillo on...
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