The Pondera County Health Department (PCHD) in cooperation with Montana Department of Health and Human Services is now able to offer H1N1 vaccine to anyone who desires it., Cynthia Grubb, RN, CLC at the PCHD tells the I-O.
The state has assessed the availability for high risk groups and found the supply to be adequate to expand vaccination efforts. H1N1 vaccination is available through the PCHD, 809 Sunset Blvd. in the basement of the Pondera Medical Clinic Building. Their phone number is 271-3248.
“There is no cost of this vaccination it’s free,” says Grubb. While H1N1 disease activity has waned, CDC reminds people that influenza is unpredictable. Some previous pandemics have included a third wave. “We are in a window of opportunity to increase the number of people who receive the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccination lessening the possibility of a third wave as more people gain immunity to the 2009 H1N1 virus,” she said.
The Pondera Medical Center’s, (PMC) durable home medical equipment division, has achieved the Award of Accreditation from the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation, based in Waterloo, Iowa.
This award is achieved only when home medical equipment companies demonstrate a high level of quality practices in their business operations and patient care techniques.
The hospital earned the three-year accreditation after completing a comprehensive application that focuses on patient care, financial stability, and a commitment to quality operational practices and procedures.
Mary Johns, RN and Home Health/DME Manager worked for months with her crew (Gloria Griggs, RN, Patrick Heinen, Val Elings, and Renne Salois, RT & Respiratory Therapy Manager) to dot all the I’s and cross the T’s.
Accreditation by the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation assures Medicare and other payers that the highest levels of quality are practiced within all areas of the company.
PRESS VISIT — Students from the Conrad Christian School recently went on a tour of the Great Falls Tribune and their press room. As it turns out, they were there the same day The Independent-Observer was coming off the press. From the left in front are Fallon Mullennax, Jaden Koon, and Sierra Frydenlund. In the second row is Megan Vandenacre, Chad VanderVeen, Dalayne VanDyke, Blake Vandenacre, Haylee Koon, Evan VanDyke, Augusta VanDyke, Annalise VanderVeen and Patrick Wolff. In the back are Andrea Morren, Reese Spears, Lynne Spears, Matthew Arends and Jane Arends. Editor's Note - Although this picture doesn't relate to the article below, we here at the I-O thought it needed to be published! Courtesy Photo
By Trina Jo Bradley, CASA Board Member
Christmas is a time of giving, and that is exactly what the volunteers for Front Range Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) have been doing.
According to Executive Director Kiersta Sullivan, the Front Range CASA program was reorganized in March 2009, and has since recruited and trained eight volunteers who have worked 23 cases since March, as well as a full nine-member board of directors.
Front Range CASA is a non-profit organization, and relies solely on grants and donations to run its program, which serves the 9th Judicial District, covering Pondera, Toole, Teton and Glacier counties. Front Range CASA relies heavily on donations from local businesses, and has received an impressive $4700 so far this year from businesses in the four-county area.