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Age 81, passed away peacefully at home after suffering a severe stroke a week earlier. He cared deeply for the Taos community. He first visited Taos while consulting at Presbyterian Health Services in Albuquerque.  Like many, he and his wife immediately fell in love with the natural beauty of Taos and Northern New Mexico.

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From its humble beginnings 85 years ago, Holy Cross Medical Center has grown into a superior healthcare network providing innovative, cutting-edge care to the community.

And, having navigated the particularly challenging year that was 2020, today HCMC maintains its ongoing commitment to the principles of integrity, respect and care, while forging new bridges with the community to ensure thriving services and relationships.

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Following its recent surveys of Taos school teachers and staff documenting the significant stress under which school personnel have been operating during the pandemic, the teacher support team of Taos School Zone has announced a free mindfulness/de-stress online offering specifically for Taos educators.

The program involves six short videos for use by school groups as well as individuals to take a few moments to relax and de-stress.

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One of the keys is recognizing that resistance is fluid.

It is something one feels and then has the chance to move through. Resistance is not static. It is not healthy or natural to feel resistant and get stuck there. I think it is scary if you feel stuck in resistance because it is uncomfortable, sometimes painful and blocks love from consciousness.

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Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual contact or threat. For anyone who has experienced the trauma of sexual violation, help is available. Taos is fortunate to have compassionate, safe, free and confidential services.

Since 2011, Taos has been one of a dozen communities in New Mexico with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) available at Holy Cross Hospital. We are the smallest community in New Mexico to have a SANE program. At Community Against Violence, we are grateful to have this free and confidential medical-forensic service available for teen and adult victims of sexual violence.

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Fighting the COVID pandemic requires ingenuity and cutting edge technology. Afterall, saving lives is never easy. But for Dr. Stephen Lucero, a urologist at Holy Cross Medical Center, the qualities he has seen most in the staff at HCMC have been courage and resourcefulness. And Lucero has a very specific story in mind when it comes to showing the heroic actions of the HCMC nurses. 

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In late January, nine statewide health professions' organizations sent a letter to legislators and the governor in support of the 2021 Health Security Bill. As a Board Member of the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign, I am pleased to share the letter with readers.

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In an historic moment, more than 350 teachers and staff from Taos Municipal School District, as well as surrounding area schools, will voluntarily receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this week. 

The vaccine roll out plan, provided by the New Mexico Dept. of Health, is currently in phase 1B, where frontline and essential workers, persons of age 75 or older, and persons of age 16 or older at risk of COVID complications, and now early education and k-12 teachers are eligible to register and receive the vaccine.