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barbara perez rsBarbara Perez, who is Western New Mexico University’s 2016-2017 Employee of the Year,
stands in front of the campus security monitors.
Silver City, NM – Barbara Perez was recently named Western New Mexico University's Employee of the Year for 2016-2017.

For more than two decades she has served in various roles central to the institution's success, starting in WNMU's Business Office and moving to Campus Police. Perez is currently the Campus Security Specialist.

scacd projects rsPhoto courtesy of the Silver City Arts and Cultural DistrictSilver City, NM – The Silver City Arts & Cultural District (SCACD) is pleased to announce a few of the current promotional projects that are completed or in the works.

oni ken sep 18 rsFrom left are: Milton Perkins, Kaiden Cook, Roper Williamson, Ruth Perkins, Hyrum Perkins, Ella Hamilton and Tiffany Skinner.

van tellingen ribbon cutting rsPhotograph of ribbon cutting at Deborah Van Tellingen Photography. Bruce Ashburn and Dan Cook held the ribbon as Deborah Van Tellingen cut the ribbon during a ceremony held Monday morning at Deborah Van Tellingen Photography. The photography studio is located at 107 East Broadway Street – Suite 7 in downtown Silver City. Silver City Mayor, Ken Ladner, was on hand to say a few words while friends and chamber of commerce members enjoyed the event. (Photograph courtesy of Jay Hemphill)

IOWA CITY, IA (09/18/2017)-- David Marquez, a native of Silver City, NM has enrolled at the University of Iowa for fall 2017 semester.

The University of Iowa is one of the nation's premier public research universities, dedicated to academic excellence, groundbreaking discoveries and creations, commitment to Iowa and the world, and a culture that prizes community, diversity, and opportunity.

legacy bricks rsUniversity Foundation Executive Director Jodi Edens-Crocker helps
WNMU maintenance official Bill Burns make room for a Legacy Brick.
Silver City, NM – The first round of Legacy Bricks have been installed on the Western New Mexico University campus, and the school invites those visiting for Homecoming 2017 to wander among the bricks.

photo 1 rsTaffy Arias, CEO, leading the daily Safety Huddle at Gila Regional
(Left to right) Taffy Arias, CEO; Ray Goellner, Director of Pharmacy, Rennie Mariscal, Director of Discharge Panning; Peggy White, CNO and Ron Corbly, Interim Director of Facility Maintenance
Safety is important in everyone's life, but especially in a hospital where people come for medical care. Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is recognized by The SafeCare Group® for Healthcare Excellence and ranks in the top 100 of all hospitals in the United States. Maintaining this safety rating is a focus of Taffy Arias, Chief Executive Office (CEO) at GRMC. She has a passion for safety and brings to the table many years of experience in clinical healthcare as both a bedside nurse and a Chief Nursing Office (CNO). A daily safety huddle is conducted with all hospital directors to address any safety issues that may have occurred within the past 24 hours and to consider any potential problems that may occur in the next 24. New speed bumps and signs have been added to the GRMC parking lot to help slow down traffic. Patient and caregiver injuries are closely monitored. Steps have been taken to reduce the incidence of patient falls with patients who may have trouble standing or walking.

"Zero, that is our goal" said CEO Taffy Arias. "We want zero incidents, accidents or injuries. These are very avoidable events if we keep safety first in our minds when taking care of our patients. Some patients will be fall risks, but there are precautions that can be taken to avoid injury; team lifting of patients and the use of proper lifting equipment will avoid back injuries. We use specialized systems to physically confirm the patient's identity. This includes a barcode scan of the patient's wrist band before any treatment or medication is administered."

Each day at 8:30am all of the hospital's leadership team come together for a fifteen minute meeting in the name of safety. The daily admissions and procedures are also reported to give a picture of how busy the nursing floors are. To improve efficiency in the Emergency Room, the wait times for patients are tracked with the goal of getting the patient from the door to the doctor as soon as possible. Each meeting starts with a "Safety Moment" and all are encouraged to be aware of their environment.

"These meetings truly bring awareness of the safety challenges that all hospitals face" added Gila Regional's CNO, Peggy White. "There have been changes at the hospital to improve patient care. Good work is occurring at GRMC every day by our caregivers to ensure patient safety. Patient safety is our number one priority."

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.

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