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SJMC midwife receives professional honor

FARMINGTON — The San Juan Regional Medical Center announced Friday that midwife Anne Miller has been honored by the American College of Nurse-Midwives with the Outstanding Preceptor Award. 

Miller, a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) since 1984, joined San Juan Health Partners Midwifery and Women’s Health, a division of San Juan Regional Medical Center, in 2009. 

The Outstanding Preceptor Award honors a preceptor of student CNMs who has shown outstanding qualities for leadership and teaching, been a mentor for multiple students, and has repeatedly promoted high standards of midwifery education, the hospital says in a press release.

“We are very proud of Anne's accomplishments and her excellent clinical teaching,” fellow Nurse-Midwife Nichele Salazar said. “Anne was also my preceptor when I was a student at UNM and she is amazing and full of heart.”

“It was quite an honor to be nominated, let alone win national recognition,” Miller said of her award. “I feel like this preceptor award is a reflection of our entire practice at San Juan Health Partners Midwifery and Women’s Health.”  

San Juan Health Partners Midwifery and Women’s Health offers many services including well-woman exams, prenatal appointments, labor and birth at the San Juan Regional Medical Center and menopausal care. 

“Our four Certified Nurse-Midwives are Registered Nurses (RNs) with advanced education in midwifery,” the release said. “They combine the ancient art of safely guiding women through pregnancy and birth with the technology and science of modern obstetrics and are licensed to write prescriptions.”

Miller graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in nurse-midwifery from Columbia University. She has assisted thousands of women in birth and in women’s health at a variety of settings, including proud service of military families at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the release said.

Drill rigs in New Mexico reach all-time high, but not in San Juan Basin

FARMINGTON — The number of oil and gas drill rigs operating in New Mexico has reached record levels as development in the Permian Basin booms.

The San Juan Basin, by contrast, had two drill rigs active at month’s end. The latest figures show there were 103 active rigs in New Mexico at the end of July. The state previously reached that mark twice in 2014, beating the previous record of 101 in 2006.

The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association said the state is behind only Texas and Oklahoma when it comes to active rigs.

The association took its figures from the latest Baker Hughes inventory of rigs in the United States and Canada, according to their press release.

The group's executive director, Ryan Flynn, says more rigs mean more jobs and revenue for the state. On average, one rig employees around 50 workers.

“At the current rig count, rigs in New Mexico would conservatively account for at least 5,000 jobs,” the association stated.

Revenue from oil and gas royalties, taxes and fees totaled more than $1.7 billion last fiscal year. More than $930 million went to public schools and the state's universities and colleges.

“More rigs equal more jobs and more revenue for our state. New Mexico’s flourishing oil and gas industry is benefits all New Mexicans, helping us invest more in quality public schools, essential roads and highways, and critical law enforcement,” said Flynn. “As the foundation of our state’s economy, we are poised to help New Mexico and our children thrive. That’s why it’s so important — to our kids, teachers, and police officers — that New Mexico remains a favorable place for oil and natural gas producers to do business.”

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