For months I have followed the progress or failure debates about the status of our Gila Regional Medical Center with much confusion, betrayed, disappointed, and sometime angry feelings. I now feel that it is the time to express some of them.

Yes, I feel that we were very much overboard with the salary on the top level, but that seems to be taken care of. I will never get over the sneaky, under handed, backstabbing manner in which the GRMC Board of Trustees got rid of our Cancer Center and TRIED to replace it with UNM Hospital. Note -- I said TRIED -- it has not been completely staffed and not up to "par" yet, There is no way that we can assess the damage that it did to the many patients depending on it and the millions of dollars it cost GRMC. I understand that there was one member of the Board who voted against this action.

Ok, that's in the past -- let's focus on the future. It bothers me that Juniper Advisory (Real Estate Agency) was contacted and brought into the equation. Why? Then I see where Life Point, a big Wall Street company that owns 69 hospital in 22 states is involved. Again why? From what has been reported – the last few months GRMC has been operating in the BLACK and is predicted to increase in the future. So why not give it a chance?

I will be 91 years old in a couple of weeks and have lived 86 of them right here in Grant County. I have been in several hospitals in that time and I can truthfully say that none of them compares overall with GRMC. Let's talk about some of these "Corporate" Hospitals.


Memorial in Las Cruces. I had an artificial hip that had snapped out of its socket and under the conditions and time frame I was transported to Memorial for treatment. I was admitted about 10:00 p.m. and lay there in horrible pain until 4:00 p.m.the next day before I saw a Doctor and it was not pleasant. He said, What are you doing here? You called all over Las Cruces and El Paso and no one would take you, but we finally agreed. He did finally put it back in place saying that it took 12 minutes to do so. That would not happen at GRMC. Do we want that to happen here?·


I was in another Corporate Hospital – Mountain View, also in Las Cruces. I was in there as a "heart patient". About 8:00 p.m. I asked the nurse to take my blood pressure. Her answer was -- "That is not my job" and walked out and I did not see her again the rest of the night. There was even a blood pressure cuff, etc. right there on my headboard that she could use. That would not happen at GRMC. The day that they were going to release me I asked the nurse if they were going to let me go with the "staff [sic] infection" that I had? Her reply was – what infection and where? I showed her my hand that was infected where they had put the IV in . She looked at it and agreed that they should keep me another day and treat the infection. Again that would not happen at GRMC.


In 2015 I had back surgery in UNM Hospital – yes, the same one that wound up with our Cancer Center. My ordeal with UNM was a nightmare. The surgery went OK although I still have trouble walking - it did what I wanted – it got rid of the awful pain in my legs. After surgery I was put in a 'WARD" not a room. It was a large room with several beds in the form of a circle with the beds about 3 to 4 feet apart. On my right was a man that had a "trac" (where they open your throat so you can breathe) and it would rattle all night when he would breathe. On my left was a man that would not stay in his bed and hollered all night so they finally strapped him in a high straight backed chair and he would then keep rocking it back forth until got it overbalanced and fell flat on his face messing it up – but he never shut up.

Then around from him was a man that shouted all night – I want my coffee. Also the nurses station was a desk at the foot of my bed and they jabbered all night. Now you know what I meant when I said it was a nightmare. To top it off they released me that morning with me telling them that my body is telling me NO. When they released me my wife and I agreed that we should not drive home, but get a hotel room and spend another night, which we did. Sure enough, that night I fell and the wife could not get me up -- so She called 911 and right back to UNM I went. They were going to put me back in that same Ward -- but my wife refused -- I stayed in ER from 4:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Until they found a room for me. Again this would not happen at GRMC.

Maybe you think that I am making up these stories, but they are just a few of the things that I have witnessed. Of all the many hospitals that I have been I have not witnessed the kind, true and loving care that I have at GRMC They treat me as though I was their Father or Grandfather. They care about their patients. They live among us and are our neighbors, and have connections with us through family, schools, churches, shopping centers, etc. -- whereas those employees in the Corporate Facilities have the attitude that so what I'll never see them again.

I feel that many or most of the people in the County feel as I do. Please let's keep our Hospital County owned. It's on it's way up -- don't knock it down. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF WALL STREET. REMEMBER THAT GRMC HAS A FOUR STAR RATING. ALSO REMEMBER THAT ANY PROFIT/EARNINGS FROM A CORPORATE UNIT WILL LEAVE THE AREA – FOREVER.

Gene Stailey, Mimbres

Live from Silver City

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

Those new to providing news releases to the Beat are asked to please check out submission guidelines at http://www.grantcountybeat.com/about/submissions They are for your information to make life easier on the readers, as well as the editor.

Welcome to our new version of classified ads.  We invite you our readers to post your own classifieds, which are available for viewing 24/7 and are very reasonable in price. Right now you'll see a classified for mobile home lots for rent.

We have received complaints about large images blocking parts of other articles. If you encounter this problem, click on the title of the article you want to read and it will take you to that article's page, which shows only that article without any intruders. It's a software problem, not easily fixable, other than showing fewer articles per summary page. If you are a frequent visitor, you might not mind fewer articles per page, but if you only come once in a while, you likely want to see more articles to browse. Write me at editor@grantcountybeat.com to let me know your feelings on this issue. 

Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat readership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised. 

The Beat continues to bring you new columnists.Recent additions  include one about end of life options, Compassionate Care.

The Beat has a column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!  


All articles and photos indicated by a byline are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.

Feel free to notify editor@grantcountybeat.com, if you notice any problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.

If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat. Post YOURS for quick results!

Note that if an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat

Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com