PMC Hosts Successful ANFP Conference

On April 12th & 13th, Pondera Medical Center hosted the Montana Chapter of the Association of Nutrition Foodservice Professionals semi-annual meeting. There were approximately 15 attendees from across the state gathered in Conrad in the PMC Main Conference Room. Foodservice professionals joined us from Glasgow, Billings, Fort Benton, Havre, Dillon, Missoula, Kalispell, Browning and Big Sandy.

According to the ANFP website,, the Montana Chapter of ANFP has over 14,000 professionals dedicated to the mission of providing optimum nutritional care through foodservice management. ANFP is the premier resource for food service managers, directors, and those aspiring to careers in food service management. ANFP members work in hospitals, long-term care, schools, correctional facilities, and other non-commercial settings.

Topics were carefully chosen to fulfill continuing education credit requirements for Certified Dietary Managers. Many of the presenters were Pondera Medical Center employees. Visiting presenters included Mark Willmarth from Vision West Consulting, Tensina Smith and Todd Boucher with Montana State CMS Surveyors, Dietician Marguerite Haalan, Tim Gunderson with Echo Lab, and Leslee Amos with CDM/CFPP Dietary. PMC presenters were: Cynthia Grubb, Director of Emergency Preparedness; JoAnne Cobb, Life Enrichment Manager; Stephanie Keil-Harris, Director of Rehabilitation Services; Janice Kastner, Resident Care Coordinator; Rebecca Farr, Humna Resources; Michelle Cates, Fitness Specialist; and Jennifer Gunderson, dietary manager.

Janet Johnson is the Nutrition Coordinator at Pondera Medical Center; and led the charge for hosting the ANFP Event.

“I want to send a shout out to PMC for the great teamwork in hosting the Association of Nutrition Foodservice Professional spring conference in our facility. The attendees were impressed with the friendliness of the staff, helpfulness in navigating the hall ways, the great food, and the general air of caring they felt walking in,” Janet said, when the conference was complete. “I want to thank the staff who had presentations; attendees were impressed with all the speakers and information given. Spot on. We have a really talented group of professionals at PMC. Right here in little Conrad, MT, we have a group of people who could hold their own with any experts in their fields, from any large facility in the nation.”

Pondera Medical Center wants to thank the ANFP, all the attendees, speakers, community and our PMC team for their graciousness, efforts and enthusiasm in hosting the event. We had a successful conference and could not have done it without the TEAM!