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ARTICLE COURTESY OF LEWISTOWN NEWS ARGUS  CLICK HERE

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CMMC Safe Sitter class, Tuesday, June 6th.  9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Click here for Letter and Registration Form.   CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED so register NOW.

 

March 30th is National Doctor's Day.  Click HERE to see more about CMMC's outstanding medical staff.

CMMC is again offering a Diabetes Prevention Program .   Click here for a flyer with more information. 

Better Sleep = Better Health.   Presentation by Roy Kohler MD, on diagnosis, updates and treatments for sleep disorders.  Please see flyer below for more information.

Click here for flyer.

Click for more information on the Central Montana Medical Center Hospice Annual Hospice Volunteer Training.

Click here for the Agenda for the Training

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CLICK HERE to see the Lewistown News Argus article on CMMC's 2017 New Year's Baby.

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As one of only two endocrine fellowship trained surgeons in the State of Montana, G. Scott Smith, MD (CMMC General Surgeon) offers patients who require Endocrine Surgery the opportunity to have surgery close to home.

Dr. Smith spent his medical fellowship at Rush University in Chicago, focused entirely on surgical endocrinology and was trained by one of the world’s foremost experts in endocrine surgery. Because of this intense & focused training, he is able to provide a high level of care for thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal disease right here in Lewistown. Dr. Smith is able to offer care in the evaluation, treatment and postoperative care to Central Montana patients without the need to travel out of town.

Thyroid and parathyroid disease are common diseases that affect a significant portion of the population.

Thyroid nodules have been noted to affect nearly half of the population and while a large percentage of these nodules prove to be benign, they must be evaluated by a physician to determine if a biopsy is warranted.

Central Montana Medical Center is delighted to have Dr. Smith here in Central Montana and for the opportunity this service will bring to the many patients here in our area. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Smith’s office at 535.6262.

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Rosemary Youderian, FNP-BC, has demonstrated her commitment to comprehensive concussion management by becoming trained in the use of ImPACT - a sophisticated, research based, computer test developed to help clinicians evaluate a patient's recovery following concussion.  Rosemary has earned the title of Credentialed ImPACT Consultant (CIC).   CICs are part of ImPACT's National network of hundreds of healthcare providers who are leaders in clinical concussion care within their communities.   Each CIC is an expert in utilizing ImPACT products and the ImPACT concussion care model to diagnose and manage concussion injuries.

Flu Season is Coming!

Due to CDC recommendations, this year Flu Mist (the nasal spray) will not be offered.

However, CMMC's Clinic Physicians continue to strongly encourage influenza vaccinations and have sufficient quantities of injectable influenza vaccine available.

Call you physician today to schedule your Flu shot!

Click here for Season Flu information from CDC

Daines Announces $200,000 to Improve Healthcare in Lewistown

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $200,000.00 in funding for Central Montana Medical Facilities, Inc. to improve healthcare services in Lewistown.  

“I want to congratulate Central Montana Medical Center on earning this funding for their delivery of quality healthcare,” Daines stated. “This funding will help them to continue to improve as one of the top Critical Access Hospitals not only in Montana, but the nation.” 

The Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program provides three years of funding support to rural primary care providers for implementation of quality improvement activities. The program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a sub-agency of HHS. 

 

Century Companies, Inc Weellness Screening. 

Registration OPENS on March 8, 2017

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Century Companies, Inc Weellness Screening. 

Registration OPENS on March 8, 2017

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Central Montana Medical Center named to

Top 20 Critical Access Hospital list

Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown, MT was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for OVERALL CARE in the country.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including CMMC, scored best among critical access hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index™ for OVERALL CARE. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospital "winners" are those hospitals who have achieved success in the overall performance based on a composite rating from nine indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, population risk, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and financial stability. This group was selected from iVantage’s Top 100 CAH list, released earlier this year.

"Central Montana Medical Center is proud of the efforts of its physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation," said Mike Dowdy, CEO. "Our results as a top Critical Access Hospital means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future."

Central Montana Medical Center
408 Wendell Ave
Lewistown, MT 59457
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About the National Rural Health Association

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit RuralHealthWeb.org.

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.™ is a privately held healthcare business intelligence and technology company. The company is a leading provider of information products serving an expansive healthcare industry. iVantage Health Analytics™ integrates diverse information with innovative delivery platforms to ensure customers’ timely, concise, and relevant strategic action. For more information, visit www.iVantageHealth.com.

Central Montana Medical Center is excited to introduce the new CMMC Annual Community Lab Draw Program.

CMMC will no longer be holding the Annual Community Health Fair but with the introduction of the new Community Lab Draw Program CMMC will continue to offer the Central Montana community an opportunity to have lab work done at health fair prices.

Participants throughout Central Montana will be able to take advantage of this new program once a year during the month of their birthday. We feel that this new program will give more people a better opportunity to take advantage of this great service.

To take advantage of the new Blood Draw program:

            NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY!

  1. During your birthday month, bring a picture ID with you to one of the admitting offices at Central Montana Medical Center to check in.
  2. Fill out the Lab Draw Registration & Consent form (click on button to the right labeled CMMC Annual Community Lab Screening Registration/Consent form), print out and bring with you.  Forms will also be available at local pharmacies and physician offices.
  3. Payment is due upon service. CMMC does not file insurance for the Annual Community Lab Draw Program,      however, participants can self-submit their claim to their insurance company.
  4. Participants will then be directed to the Lab to have their Lab work completed.
  5. Lab results will be mailed to participants.

Anyone who has had a birthday during the months of January and February are able to still participate for 2016.

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Click on the button to the right labeled "New Patient Inquiry Form".  Please fill out the form, print it out and bring the form into the office of the physician whom you want to establish as your primary care provider.

Return to small town life thrills hospital CEO

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CMMC CEO Mike Dowdy chats with nurse Nancy Gerdrum in the new
Emergency Room Wednesday.  Dowdy has been on the job since June 1.

 

By DEB HILL  News-Argus Managing Editor

Mike Dowdy has been in Lewistown since June 1, and is loving the experience. Dowdy took over as the CEO for the Central Montana Medical Center in June, but says his attraction to Lewistown goes back a few years.

No stranger to small town living, Dowdy grew up in Oklahoma in a town of 3,500. His career in medical administration has taken him to many places, including Vermont, Texas and Illinois.

Most recently Dowdy lived in Billings' where he worked for St. Vincent Health Care for four years. During that time, Dowdy found himself working on projects with CMMC staff.

"I got to know the interim CEO and I got to know the CMMC organization,” Dowdy said. “I liked what I saw."

"So when the position of CMMC administrator came up, Dowdy applied.

"One of the reasons I was interested in the position is the Board is one of the best I’ve seen, "Dowdy said.

Dowdy said he and his wife of 25 years, Terrie, have found the Central Montana community to be very welcoming and he is impressed with the facility and staff at CMMC

Setting new goals

Although Dowdy said CMMC’s facility and staffing are in pretty good shape, he has identified some challenges for which he is setting new goals.

"Our biggest focus is physician recruitment,” Dowdy said. “The doctors here are very good, and obviously most of them plan to be here long-term. But small regional medical facilities like CMMC are all facing the challenge of how to attract and retain physicians these days.

"Dowdy added that when CMMC doctors leave their practices, he is hoping to have enough depth in the remaining staff to keep patients from leaving, too, although he recognizes the lack of medical facilities close to Lewistown means most patients will stay with CMMC.

When doctors leave, their patients scatter to other doctors and we want to be sure we can keep those patients here,” he said. “It provides stability for the institution and for the patients, both.

” Dowdy said he is working on recruiting medical staff with a connection to Montana, and who are familiar with the region.

"We need to target medical students that are shadowing or rotating through here,” he explained. “We need to stay in touch with them after they leave, and make sure they know what opportunities we can offer.

"Dowdy said a second goal is to broaden the number of procedures patients have access to at CMMC.

Recruitment of new physicians drives this goal also, "he said. “I know that some of what people go to Billings or Great Falls for could be done here. It’s good business for us and better for patients if we can offer the procedures here safely."

"Nurses, or rather the shortage of them, is another issue that concerns Dowdy.

“There is a shortage of nurses nation-wide,” he said, "and it’s hard for us to compete, even here locally, to retain students. We had a market research study done to make sure our wages are tracking with other institutions."

Dowdy said he has also made facility improvements a top goal. “If we don’t keep updating and improving, we could wake up one day and find the whole thing is crumbling. We don't have any big projects on the horizon, just updating here and there.”

CMMC finances in good shape

According to Dowdy, the budget year ended June 30,and CMMC is fiscally sound.

"It looks like we are in good shape,” he said. “Last year was a good year, financially.”

However, he said, at some point in the future it might make sense for CMMC to join forces with a larger medical facility.

"This is the situation with every small, rural medical center,” he explained. “You will see them partner with larger critical access hospitals to leverage opportunities to improve their financial position, such as with purchasing on a larger scale."

" CMMC is not in a financial position that would force us into a takeover,” Dowdy added. “Will we do it someday? Probably. But not yet. "

One thing that has greatly impressed Dowdy is the community's support for CMMC

“I can’t believe the community built the ER and new lab,” he said. “It was all done and paid for before I arrived. I'm very impressed, very appreciative of how everyone got behind this project."

Dowdy is also working on personal goals -- he is currently living in a temporary rental apartment, but will be moving soon to a rental house, while waiting for his Billings house to sell.

"Ultimately we are looking into whether to buy a home or build one,” Dowdy said. “I am starting to get out into the community at large, and am looking forward to being here for the long-term.”

Courtesy of Lewistown News Argus

 

 

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