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.
NIFTY BUCKET — Cowboy Josiah Moerkerke flies past Shelby defender Chase White number 20, and puts up two of his 15 points on the night. Conrad won a cliffhanger of a game, 52-50. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
The Conrad Cowboy basketball team is off to another blistering December start. After two wins at the Manhattan Tourney, the Cowboys followed that up with two impressive victories at home to start the conference season.
On Friday night in the Corral home opener Conrad decimated Cascade 68-30.
The Cowboys came out ready to show the home crowd just how dominant they could be. After building a 20-3 lead after the first quarter the homeboys continued to pour it on as the lead swelled to 21 points at the half and 38 after the third period.