Dr. Jay Taylor Receives Frank Newman Rural Clinician Leadership Award

Dr. Jay Taylor, MD and Chief of Staff at Pondera Medical Center, has been awarded the Frank Newman Rural Clinician Leadership Award for National Rural Health Day, 2019! We are so proud to share the news of Dr. Taylor’s most-deserved recognition with our entire PMC Team and our community.

In honor of National Rural Health Day, the Montana Office of Rural Health/AHEC and Montana Rural Health Association requested nominations for the Dr. Frank Newman Rural Health Award. Dr. Newman represented the spirit of Montana in nearly 50 years of service to rural communities and healthcare in our state. Dr. Newman was instrumental in founding the Montana WWAMI Medical School Program, the Montana Office of Rural Health, the Montana AHEC, the Montana Family Medicine Residency Program, and many other programs. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was the founder of the Wind Drinkers running club. Dr. Newman counseled hundreds of young people interested in a career in medicine and other health professions. He was actively teaching in the WWAMI Targeted Rural Underserved Track at Montana State University, and working at the Montana Office of Rural Health/AHEC until his death at age 80 on Veteran’s Day, 2011.

Criteria for the Award called for nominees who reflect Dr. Newman’s commitment to rural health in Montana, his support for health professions, his belief in the young people of our state, and his optimistic view of the future. Dr. Newman traveled to every corner of Montana, worked with rural hospitals and healthcare providers, and believed that communities had the capacity to support high quality healthcare. He helped many people persevere in their goals and hopes; and inspired many young people to pursue their dreams.

Pondera Medical Center is truly humbled and grateful for the leadership, talent and compassion Dr. Taylor brings to our facility. He is a critical piece to our mission and the quality of care we can bring to Pondera County and the entire Golden Triangle. With the utmost professionalism and modesty, he shared: “I am honored and quite humbled that I was even nominated! It is a privilege to represent PMC and be a part of great care patients can receive in rural America. We have a wonderful staff that cares about their community and makes my job so much easier each day. Thank you for this recognition and I look forward to continuing to be an ambassador for rural healthcare.”

To learn more about the Dr. Frank Newman Rural Health Award Winners and to read the nomination in its entirety please visit:

Please join us in congratulating PMC’s own Dr. Jay Taylor, this year’s Frank Newman Rural Clinician Leadership Award recipient. It is truly a pleasure to work with an individual of this caliber; and we are grateful to have Dr. Taylor at Pondera Medical Center!

Dr. Jay Taylor, the 2019 Frank Newman Rural Clinician Leadership Award Recipient