By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
With the advent of Doctor Jay Taylor’s resignation, effective in March, the community came together in an effort to have the PMC board of trustees try and resolve issues and have him stay at Pondera Medical Center.
At the regular board meeting on Thursday, an overflow crowd was toe-to-toe in the conference room. The trustees wisely decided to move the meeting and contacted the high school who graciously allowed almost 200 people to have better seating with many of them having a better chance to hear what was going on, and to voice their opinion about retaining Dr. Taylor.
Pondera Medical Center (PMC) is excited to announce Wade Holden, PA-C will be joining our Rural Health Clinic Staff effective Feb. 3. Holden, his wife Teauna and their daughter are planning on moving to Conrad.
He comes to PMC from Mineral Community Hospital in Superior.
Holden has experience in emergency medicine, family practice, hospital inpatient care, long term care and designing hospital protocols for quality improvement.
According to the Pondera County Health Department, a total of 10 cases of pertussis have been confirmed in Pondera County since October of this year.
While most of the cases have been confirmed in school age children, health nurse Cynthia Grubb reports that “though pertussis commonly affects infants and young children our county has seen cases in preschoolers and adults as well.”
This potentially dangerous disease, more commonly known as Whooping Cough, is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breathes which result in a “whooping” sound, hence the nickname “Whooping Cough”.