December 2017

Pondera Medical Center

In December, the PMC team took time to reflect on the performance of the individuals and departments that keep this Hospital, Extended Care, and Clinic running. The staff was encouraged to nominate the individual and/or department that they thought best exemplified the Mission, Vision, and Values of PMC. 


The nominations were compiled and considered for the annual award that PMC holds dear, called the CEO Award of Excellence.  The award ceremony took place at the annual Christmas party along with the service awards and the “Archie Award”. This year we handed out two CEO Awards, one Archie Award, and 35 service awards for staff members that have worked at PMC for 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, and 40 years.


This year the Departmental Award was presented by Bill O’Leary, CEO, to the Emergency Department.  The compiled peer nominations for this department described the ER Providers as “consistent in their dedication, respect, concern and compassion to the patients.”  The nomination further explained that the ER Department truly C.A.R.E.S. (the acronym for PMC Values), as they are Committed, Accountable, Respectful, strive for Excellence, and provide Service to this community. 

The individual CEO Award of Excellence was presented to Becky Foster.  Becky, Manager of Environmental Services, has worked tirelessly this year to keep this facility clean and safe for our patients, residents, and staff.  The nominations for Becky described her as “a great asset to PMC” and “she works hard and does so with a positive attitude, a smile, and never an unkind word.” 

The Archie Award was inspired by and dedicated to the CNAs who work in Extended Care for their pride, compassion, innovation and dedication in the care they deliver to residents as well as to their team-building skills.  Each candidate is nominated by the employees in Extended Care and the winner is selected from the votes given by their peers.  This year Becky Nichter, DoN presented the award to Kristina Rauscher. 

We are proud of all the award winners and all of the hard work and dedication the staff at PMC has shown this year.  We are all looking forward to serving this community in 2018! 


Mary E. (Extended Care)


Janet K. (Acute Care)


Sandy B. (PMC Clinic), Jerri G. (Housekeeping), Amber M.(Ambulance),  Christy N. (Home Health)


Serena B. (Extended Care), Tawnya B. (PMC Clinic), Kathy H. (Acute Care)


Alicia B., Marcia H.,   Krystal L., Deborah S., Renee S. (Extended Care), Charlene B. (Physical Therapy),  James R. (Housekeeping), Shirley R. (Dietary) 


Patrick A., Shane R. (Emergency Room),  Jenny B., Nancy M. (Surgery), Elodie R., Kristina R., Leesa B., Sharleen J,  Heather W. (Extended Care), JoAnne C. (Life Enrichment), Kyle D., Leo M., Jacalyn S. (Ambulance), Rick D., Ryan W. (Information Technology),  Janet J., Danielle M. (Dietary), Lauren O. (Med/Surge)  


October 4th-December 20th 2017

PMC Wellness Center, Conrad MT 

It has been a demanding ten weeks for our 2017 Biggest Loser Contestants.  Their hard work and dedication has paid off!  Of the 45 contestants that signed up in the beginning of October, 35 completed the journey with the help of the PMC Fitness Specialists, Heidi Standley and Nathan Thiessen.  The public won the friendly competition against PMC employees by about 80 pounds! We are proud to announce that the final 35 contestants lost a combined total fat mass of over 141.8 pounds!  

We are happy to announce our female winners, first place winner is Kara Bandow and second place female is Donna Jackson. They lost a combined total of 51.35 percent of body fat mass! In the men’s category, first place went to Nickellas Walker and second place went to Roger Paulsen. They lost a combined total of 24.09 percent of body fat mass!

The first place winners were presented with $150 Scheels Gift Cards.  The runner-ups were presented with a $50 Scheels Gift Card.  The gift cards were donated in part from Scheels and the Biggest Loser Competition Fund (a fund comprised of the contestant’s competition fees).


Congratulations to all the contestants that stuck it out until the end, you are all the “Big Losers!” and we are proud of your hard work! Stay on track and keep your eye out for the 2018 Biggest Loser Challenge.

How did we determine the body fat mass lost by each contestant? What is Body Fat Mass?  Body Fat Mass is body fat that includes essential body fat and storage body fat. Your body fat percentage is a value that tells you how much of your body weight is made up of fat.  We use the state-of-the-art InBody 270 Body Composition Test to show an accurate reading of a person’s percent body fat, muscle distribution, and body water balance.  The InBody helps users identify problem areas and track their progress as their workout regime develops.  The Biggest Loser Contestants were able to get a body composition test every other week to track their improvements.  

October 4, 2017

416 South Kansas, Conrad MT 

The PMC Annual Health Fair and Flu Shot Clinic was held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 416 S. Kansas in Conrad. 


Lab and PSA screens were available from 7:00 am to noon and on site at PMC from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Costs for the Lab health and PSA screens were reduced to $50 each.  Flu shots are still available at the Clinic for $40. 

Door prizes were drawn periodically throughout the Health Fair.  Beverages and healthy snacks were provided by the PMC Dietary Department. Vendors from around the area, along with PMC Departments, had informational displays and educational presentations. 

PMC offered additional days for the Health Fair Lab health and PSA screens at PMC from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on  October 2nd and 3rd.  

The friendly and professional PMC staff thanks everyone who joined us at the Health Fair!

September 28, 2017

PMC Extended Care Facility, Conrad MT 


National Night Out

August 1, 2017

Conrad Swimming Pool Park

The Pondera Medical Center was proud to share an opportunity to honor community-police awareness during the "34th Annual National Night Out."  The Conrad Community provided activities, food, and goodies for all ages.  The PMC Rehab Team featured Dallas VanLuchene's "Fall Risk Assessment" for community members to participate in.  The Wellness Center's Fitness Specialist, Nate Thiessen, provided fitness information and handouts for all interested National Night Out Attendees.    

Golf Tournament

June 17, 2017

Pondera Golf Course

The Pondera Medical Center had a great turn out for their Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser that was held on Saturday, June 17th.  The tournament consisted of 14 teams, competing in men’s, women’s, and mixed divisions for the 1st place awards.  Regardless of golfing ability, everyone had a chance to win a prize with the side games offered including the poker run, putting competition, and deuce pot. These fantastic gift baskets were donated to the tournament by local vendors.    

There was also an endless supply of food available to the players, courtesy of the local restaurants and eateries.  The beautiful day to play golf was complemented by the wonderful group of people that came out to play.  This event would not have been possible without the generous support of local businesses.

The Pondera Medical Center is committed to providing “the best of care, close to home” to this community. In order to continue providing high quality care to patients and residents, PMC sought after some much needed equipment: a bladder scanner, an AED Unit, an IV Fluid Warmer, and a heated food cart. 

PMC patients and residents will be easier diagnosed with urinary tract infections, overactive bladder, and other bladder disorders with a noninvasive bladder scanner.    PMC will have added safety with the purchase of an additional automated external defibrillator (AED Unit) within the facility.  An AED Unit can save a person’s life during sudden cardiac arrest by checking the heart rhythm and sending an electric shock to the heart if the heart is not beating correctly. This electric shock can restore the heart’s normal rhythm.  An IV Fluid Warmer allows trauma patients to receive warmed fluids which can be critical for stabilizing emergent care. The heated food cart will help residents and patients throughout the facility receive safer food while in the care of the facility. 

With the community’s support, this fundraiser has already added nearly $8,000 to the budget for the purchase of these items! PMC is still receiving donation money, which will be added to the total money raised.  Raffle tickets are being sold for two MSU Bobcats tickets to the homecoming game on September 30th against Weber State.  Winner of the raffle receives a one night stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Belgrade in addition to the tickets.  Money from the raffle will be added to the equipment budget; call 406-271-3211 for more information before the raffle drawing on June 30th.


The winners:

Senior Men’s: J.P. Kasun, Tom Billings, Howard Bouma, Jim Volrath

Men’s Team: Jim Judisch, Lane Judisch, Arlyn Seidler, Jordan Seidler

Mixed Team: Terry Aakre, Dan Aakre, Janie McFarland and John McFarland

Women’s Team: Robin VanDyke, Nikki Dockter, Julie & S. Martin

Men’s Shortest Drive: Ross Drishinski

Women’s Shortest Drive: Janie McFarland 

Women’s Longest Drive: Julie Martin 

Men’s Longest Drive: Chad Fowler 

Putting Contest Winner: Lane Judisch

Thank you to our sponsors that helped make this event possible! 

Eagle Sponsors: General Distribution, KRMC, Lee Walker, PA, Leavitt Group, Stockman Bank, Independence Bank, National Laundry Service, and Conrad Tire Company, Inc.

Birdie Sponsors:  Admiral Beverages/Pepsi, 3 Rivers, Big Sky Equipment, The Branding Iron, Conrad Building Center, Custom Crop Care, Mike & Chad’s Auto Repair, MHA Montana Healthcare Providers, Sysco Inc., I-15 Self Storage, Klette Electric, and the Home Cafe. 

Par & Bogie Sponsors:  Bain Plumbing and Heating, Conrad Veterinary Clinic, 1st Choice Realty, Car Quest, Van Motors, Kronebusch Electric, Village Drug, Pondera County Insurance, Sun River Electric Coop, Superior Machine & Welding, 3-V Distributing, Westco Trailer Sales, Zomer Trucking

Food Sponsors: The Home Café, The Keg, Coaches Corner, The Branding Iron, The Main Drive In, Hot Stuff Pizza, IGA, Subway, Town Pump, Frito Lay, Folklore, Farmers Bros. Coffee

Prize Sponsors: Windrift Hill, Framing Etc., 4 U Collision Center, Creative Addictions, Shelley N., Frontline Ag Solutions, Montana WWAMI TRUST Program UW Medicine, Columbia Grain, Wells Fargo Bank, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Advantage Auto and Tire, The House of Charles, CHS, Headquarters Salon, Super 8, A Shear Happiness, CPSI, Salon 315, The Alibi, and the Crossroads Correctional Center.

Mike Hewett 

June 12, 2017

Retirement Party 

It wasn't your average Monday at PMC.  First off, we had Mike Hewett, PA, in the facility to train the staff.  Secondly, we managed to surprise Mike with a going away party held down in the Cafe.  


Many laughs were shared as stories unfolded about Mike and his time at PMC.  We thank Mike for the dedication to his patients and camaraderie with his coworkers that he has shared with PMC for the past 25 years.  

Staff enjoyed cake and coffee as they celebrated Mike's time at PMC.  Mike received gifts from some coworkers, including a coffee cup and scrubs embroidered with Mike's favorite saying, "I haven't eaten in four days!" 

Thank you Mike, you will be missed! 


June 3-5, 2017

Fun Run: 5K Run or 1 mile Walk/Run

Thank you to everyone that participated in this year's Fun Run! It was a beautiful morning and we had over 50 people join us at this event!   Thank you to all of the volunteers and also the sponsors that helped make this event possible: Billman’s, Stitch’s Upholstery, Stockman Bank, 3 Rivers, Sysco, Independence Bank, Fly Girlz, Sunset Dental Care, and the Conrad Chamber of Commerce.

1st Place Awards:
$50 gift certificates were given to the six adult winners in the 5K (male & female winners in each age division) 

Chamber Bucks were given to the two 12 & under winners


Grand Prize:
The best COSTUME went to Lorrie Grosfield, the construction worker, and she won a six month pass to the PMC Wellness Center! 


The Parade

Taste of Pondera
Lawrence Welk Show
Jump Rope for Heart 



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