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Helping seniors shop in uncertain times

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Due to COVID-19’s arrival in New Mexico, many stores have adjusted their hours, typically opening early, to allow seniors and people who are immuno-compromised to beat the crowds and reduce their risk of exposure to get many of the essential items that have been difficult to find. The early hours have the additional benefit...

Navajo Nation’s positive case count reaches 69

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WINDOW ROCK - On March 24, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were informed of 10 additional positive COVID-19 tests by the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area IHS, bringing the overall total to 69 cases for Navajo people. This includes 43 cases in Navajo County, Ariz., eight in Apache County, Ariz., six in Coconino County, Ariz., four in McKinley County, and seven in San Juan County, N.M. and one in Cibola County, N. M.

A Public Health Emergency “Stay at Home Order” remains in effect, requiring all residents of the Navajo Nation to stay home and self-isolated. All non-essential businesses are ordered to close to prevent the spread of the...

Navajo Nation Council passes emergency legislation to access COVID-19 Medicaid dollars

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Urges New Mexico governor to launch the Indian managed care entity

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Council unanimously passed emergency legislation 0069-20 March 20, requesting the Governor of New Mexico activate the Naat’áanii Development Corporation - Molina Healthcare, Incorporated Indian Managed Care Entity to gain access to Medicaid dollars to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation.

“In this time of crisis, we need all the available resources we can get to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus on the Navajo Nation. The Council was wise in fast-tracking this initiative - Congress passed legislation increasing Medicaid by 6.2 percent to fight the...

Organizer of Battered Families benefit dinner reflects on turnout

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Last month, Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services organized and hosted a Valentine’s Day fundraiser for Battered Families Services at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Guests got to enjoy a meal provided by the hospital’s Behavioral Health Services’s culinary staff and dance to music provided by Marvis Wynn, aka DJ Marvelous, a KGLP disc jockey.

Cassandra Lopez, administrative director for outpatient clinics at RMCHCS, reflected on the benefit dinner March 25.

“It was a lot of fun. We had probably about 50 to 60 people there,” she said. “We would have liked a better turnout, but what we had was great.”

She added she thinks a lot of people were happy to...

RMCH ends agreement with 15 nurse contractors

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Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services will end their agreements with 15 contractor nurses from various nursing agencies. The nurses' agreements are 13-week contracts which can be renewed or canceled every two weeks.

 

"We are mandated by the State of New Mexico to end elective surgeries as are all the other hospitals in the state," RMCHCS CEO David Conejo said. "With this new rule in effect, it affects our finances. As we approach the difficult financial challenges COVID-19 imposes on us, like many other businesses across the globe, we are taking prudent financial steps which make sense.”

 

RMCHCS announced plans last week to reduce elective hospital admissions by...

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