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2669 North Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, New Mexico,88310
Regional Medical Center Spokeswoman
Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce
"This is the first time we are reaching out to the community to utilize our foundation on a major purchase for something like our capital campaign for cancer," said Lillie Lewi, GCRMC's director of marketing.
There is a serious flu outbreak this year," said Lillie M. Lewis, director of marketing at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center.
"There have been some deaths from it and there have been a lot of people sick." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Mexico has joined 40 other states where the flu is now considered "widespread. The CDC recently labeled the 2013 flu season as one of the worst in the last 10 years. Lewis said that the flu season doesn't usually hit the Tularosa Basin until around February. "We are seeing increased symptoms of the flu in our emergency department," she said. "So far in January, we have seen 40 people come through our ER with flu-like symptoms," Lewis said. "That is what we have seen and it is only early January." Lewis said Las Cruces hospitals have reported more positive flu test than at any time during the last few years. Lewis recommends pregnant women speak with their obstetrician before getting a flu shot. Lewis also said people with chronic illnesses should speak with their physician before getting the vaccine. Lewis said people who aren't feeling well should get a lot of rest and drink plenty of fluids. GCRMC staff recommends people who are sick stay away from others as much as possible to avoid spreading the flu. But if people must leave home it is a good idea to wear a face mask. "We want to reach out to the community to let people know that this flu is out there and to take it seriously," Lewis said.
Ground-breaking began about two years ago and funds for the new wound-care center came from hospital funds and didn't cost county residents, according to Lillie Lewis, marketing director at GCRMC.
GCRMC spokeswoman Lillie Lewis said the layoffs were from several departments across the hospital.
"They were from several departments from the clinical department and administration," Lewis said. "We didn't have any from our intensive care unit or emergency room. We did not lay off any doctors." She said there are about 20 unfilled positions for which the laid off employees can apply and be considered. "Some of those employees are not qualified for those positions," Lewis said. "A lot of those (open) positions are specialty positions. They may not have the qualifications for those positions that we have available." She said she did not have the information on how many of the laid off employees have the qualification for the open positions at this time. "Some of the people laid off may decide that they want to go back and look at doing something different," Lewis said. Lewis said attrition, reassignment and a decrease in the number of part-time positions have allowed the hospital to reduce the number of individuals impacted by the restructuring to the 39 layoffs. She said that during the past few months, the hospital has been able to hold down new hires so that patient care would be unaffected. "Consequently, we have fewer staff members who will have to be laid off," Lewis said. She added that Thursday's layoffs represent about 6 percent of the hospital's 675 current employees.
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