TRAUMA CERTIFICATION — Ruth Erickson, director of ambulance services, and Laura Erickson RN, trauma coordinator at the Pondera Medical Center, hold a plaque in the ER Room showing the hospital has been designated continuous certification as a Trauma Receiving Facility. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Pondera Medical Center (PMC) recently received continued certification as a Trauma Receiving Facility from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.
In March 2009, the hospital met state and federal requirements proving its readiness and training to respond to patients with trauma injuries, receiving a one year certification as a Trauma Receiving Facility.
The PMC recently completed a trauma report to the state and received full trauma designation status effective through March 2012.
All of the Emergency Room staff has received Advanced Trauma training that focuses on a systematic, standardized approach to care of the injured patient, which significantly reduces patient mortality.
TREE PLANTING — From the left, Dru Gunderson, Mayor John Shevlin, John Callahan, and Rich Anderson plant a Poplar tree in Legion Park for Arbor Day. Later on the city crew put in a pair of Linden trees. The city crews have been planting about eight trees a year over the past few years in city parks. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
County commissioners set June 7 at 5:15 p.m. in the courthouse to discuss the commercial, health, and public safety issues of the medical marijuana growing industry on the residents of Pondera County.
The sale of marijuana for medical purpose is fast becoming a hot topic across the state.
In Pondera County there are 17 caregivers, people who can legally grow marijuana for medical purposes and 45 patients.
It can be used for chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, HIV (AIDS), multiple sclerosis, cancer or glaucoma to name a few.
Commissioner Cynthia Johnson commented, “There is no guidance across the state, it’s pretty much a free-for-all.”
In addition, she noted that the county is not zoned and the commissioners would need to draft a new ordinance which would be for commercial use.
HERE’S YOUR SIGN — Gabby Beaman, on the left, and Jozzlin Jansen hold the sign that is in the front window of The Independent-Observer letting everyone know that The I-O will be closed on Friday at noon for the Memorial Day holiday. The crew will be back to work on Tuesday. Due to the holiday, The I-O will be mailed on Thursday instead of its normal Wednesday time. We hope that everyone has a safe holiday and we’ll see you next week! I-O Photo by Barb Endler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
It can take anyone, it is not just an old person’s ailment.
The day after Christmas in 2004, the nation was shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Reggie White.
He was only 43 years old at the time and was a Hall of Fame defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers.
White was a two time Defensive Player of the Year and for 13 straight years had been named to the football All Star team.
When he retired from play in 2000, he held the record for quarterback sacks with 198.