Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
Gila Regional Medical Center recently made a move to admitting their in-patient admissions to one unit instead of two, allowing for more efficient utilization of staff covering the same number of patients. One of the largest expenses that GRMC endures in order to maintain quality care under the current staffing model is paying for travel nursing staff to perform duties in critical un-filled nursing positions. This redistribution allows GRMC to reassign their nursing staff into positions currently held by travel nurses. Other initiatives that are currently being explored will potentially increase services to GRMC’s Labor and Delivery/OBGYN Department as well as improve the flow in their Surgical Services Area.
The Silver City Food Co-op donated $125 to the LGBTQ Grant County through the bag donation program. Each customer that brings a grocery bag to use in the Co-op receives a token worth 5 cents to donate to one of two non-profits each month.
A group of four people and two dogs were rescued from the Gila Wilderness on Christmas afternoon. The four had been out hiking on Wednesday and been stranded when the Gila River flooded due to heavy rains on Thursday, cutting off their escape route. A rescue team found them on Saturday, but they were still unable to cross the river. A helicopter arrived almost 24 hours later to pick them up.
The Bureau of Land Management today issued a call for public nominations to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Nominations are for a term of three years and are needed to represent the following categories of interest: public interest (equine behavior), wild horse and burro research, and natural resource management.
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed $10.9 million in U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants to help New Mexico families, veterans and individuals experiencing homelessness. The grants will go to communities across the state, including five new organizations and four others that did not receive funding last year. The total represents an increase of about $500,000 over last year for Continuum of Care programs.