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Montana Health Network Welcomes New CEO

Effective January 1, 2019 Chris Hopkins became the new CEO of Montana Health Network (MHN). Janet Bastian, the previous CEO, will take on special projects and continue work with Montana Health Network in a mentor role.  Montana Health Network is located in Miles City Montana and is owned by 17 eastern Montana healthcare facilities.  Established in 1987 MHN provides employee benefits, insurance, staffing and education for healthcare facilities statewide and into Wyoming.

Chris has worked for Montana Health Network for 10 years as the VP of Business Development and Strategy and over that time frame the Network has been able to expand and grow its operations to include clinical grants, business services and an expansion of its temporary staffing operations or a wider array of staff specialties.  During this time frame MHN was able to expand its educational offerings to include becoming an AHEC and providing education into general business and occupational safety.

Chris has a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Utah.  He has worked in healthcare for 29 years in Utah and Montana, including two interim hospital CEO stints.  Chris really enjoys working within healthcare through the network structure which provides a great opportunity and flexibility to be creative and look for unique business models.     

Fringe Benefit Resources Purchase

Montana Health Network is pleased to announce the purchase of our long-term partner, Fringe Benefit Resources (FBR), a voluntary insurance products company.  In addition, we have hired their key employee, Holly Pickens, who many of you know.  We have also hired Tami Meckle to assist Holly and help us provide outstanding customer service.  Voluntary products include life, dental, vision, disability, cancer policies, accident policies and more.  This company puts all MHN health insurance and voluntary insurance products under one umbrella which should streamline the process of providing benefits to your employees.  If you have questions, please call the FBR office at 406-234-1754.  Please note their number has changed.  Please update your records.  FBR fax is now 406-234-1423.

Addition to Apprenticeship Grant Offering

Montana Health Network is offering funding for Limited Permit X-Ray Technician training through apprenticeship.  RiverStone Health/Eastern MT AHEC is providing the course which runs March 8 - 11 and 22 - 25 in Billings.  Montana Health Network will reimburse facilities for the cost of the course, travel and will assist to set up an 80 hour extership where the student can receive most (or all) of their required clinical training.  The course fills up quickly, so reserve your seat today by contacting Trudy Winslow at (406) 234-1420 or twinslow@montanahealthnetwork.com.  

Behavioral Grant Awarded to Montana Health Network

Montana Health Network was recently awarded $280,000 from the Montana Healthcare Foundation.  The grant funding received will be used to complete the Eastern Montana Integrated Behavioral Health Program in several facilities in eastern Montana over the next two years.  This project will support the integration of behavioral health into primary care for the health care facilities in eastern Montana that are not affiliated with a larger health system.  The project will pull together rural clinics, hospitals, and partner organizations that provide behavioral health and substance abuse treatment services.  Through this grant, Frances Mahon Deacones Hospital (Glasgow), McCone County Health Center (Circle), Prairie Community Hospital (Terry), Rosebud Health Care Center (Forsyth), Roosevelt Medical Center (Culbertson) and Sidney Health Center (Sidney) will implement integrated behavioral health (IBH) into their primary care practices.  The Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center is a close partner and will help meet the behavioral health needs for this project.  Any questions regarding the grant may be directed to Sherry Taylor, RN BSN CPHRM, Grant Project Director, at staylor@montanahealthnetwork.com or (406) 234-1420. 

Medicare Boot Camp

The Medicare Boot Camp – Critical Access Hospital (2.5 days) and Rural Health Clinic Version (.5 days) is scheduled for March 26 – 28, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Billings.  Participants in the Boot Camp walk away with tools and skills to research troublesome Medicare questions.  An HCPro instructor will deliver ‘rules- based’ learning, helping students to find and apply CMS rules and guidelines to ensure that hospital services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries are billed accurately and appropriately.

For further information,please call Chris Williams at 406-234-1420 or email at cwilliams@montanahealthnetwork.com.  To register, please call Jody Fiechtner at 406-234-1420 or email at jfiechtner@montanahealthnetwork.com


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Spring Conference

Positive Approach for Meeting Resident’s Needs will be held on April 11, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Sleep Inn & Suites in Miles City, Montana.  The program will be presented by Pamela Longmire on a combination of best practices by Teepa Snow, Naomi Feil and Dr. Al Power.  Montana Health Network is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation approved for 3.75 contact hours, 3.75 Behavioral Health contact hours and a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. 

Care and Safety of the Older Adult will be held on April 12, 2018 beginning at 7:45 a.m. and concluding by 4:30 pm at the Sleep Inn & Suites in Miles City,Montana.  Topics will include:

Transitions of Care in Rural and Frontier Communities by Jane Brock, ME
Advance Care Directives-Having the Conversation by Kathryn Borgenicht, MD
Assessing for and Addressing Stages of Cognitive Decline by Irene Lohkamp, MD
LGBTQ Care Considerations in the Older Adult by Karen Stainton, NP
What are “Normal” Lab Values in Older Adults? by Alison Brock, MD
Medications to Avoid in the Older Adult by Sylvia Lymburner, MD

Lunch will be provided. Montana Health Network is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation approved for 7.0 contact hours,6.0 Behavioral Health contact hours, and a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

For further information,please call Chris Williams at 406-234-1420 or email at cwilliams@montanahealthnetwork.com.  To register, please call Jody Fiechtner at 406-234-1420 or email at jfiechtner@montanahealthnetwork.com


Positive-Approach-for-Meeting-Residents-Needs_Brochure_2019.pdf
Care_and_Safety_of_the_Older_Adult-Brochure_2019.pdf