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Marias Medical Center brings Ear, Nose and Throat Physicians to Shelby
Marias Medical Center is excited to announce that Otolaryngology, or Ear, Nose and Throat services will soon be available in Shelby. Glacier Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic , based in Kalispell, is partnering with Marias Medical Center to offer a specialized clinic once a month. Board certified otolaryngologists will be available for appointments on March 20th. Please call 752-8330 to schedule an appointment.
Kent Keele, D.O and Kyle Tubbs, M.D. will soon be seeing patients at Marias Medical Center. Dr. Keele is interested in all aspects of otolaryngology, sinus surgery, allergy treatment, facial plastics and otology. Dr. Tubbs is interested in all aspects of otolaryngology, thyroid, parathyroid, salivary glands, head & neck cancers, as well as sleep apnea.
Gianarelli and Rost join Marias Healthcare team
Todd Gianarelli, MD, ABFM, has joined the team of physicians at Marias Medical Center and Marias Healthcare. Dr. Gianarelli has been practicing in the Conrad-Shelby-Browning area for the past 16 years. He has practiced family medicine, provided emergency care, surgical OB and endoscopy services. Dr. Gianarelli will be seeing patients in the emergency room three days a week in addition to spending time with patients in the clinic.
Dr. Gianarelli received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Carroll College before attending and receiving his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks, N.D.
He is married to Paije and has four children. When not at the clinic or hospital, Dr. Gianarelli enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and fly fishing, as well as working with computers. Dr. Gianarelli will serve as the supervising physician for physician’s assistant, Chris Rost.
Chris Rost is also now seeing patients on a regular basis at Marias Healthcare in Shelby. Rost has been a Physician’s Assistant (PA) for the past 14 years, including the last five years in Marias Healthcare Services Inc. clinics. He received his Bachelors degree in education from Montana State University and his PA degree from Rocky Mountain College. He has worked in family practice, emergency medicine, general surgery, spine surgery and corrections medicine. He recently obtained his advanced expedition provider certification and hopes to someday go to some of the world’s greatest mountains to provide emergency care on expeditions. He has three daughters and a granddaughter. He enjoys mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, backpacking and playing in his band.
To make an appointment with Dr. Gianarelli or PA Rost call Marias Healthcare at 434-3100.
Marias Medical Center launches the myMMC Patient Portal
myMMCMT Patient Portal gives you the flexibility to access your health information on your time and between visits to Marias Medical Center. The portal is available over the internet, which means that you can use it from virtually anywhere. You can also use the portal to access information for family members and individuals for whom you provide care if given permission.
As a patient of Marias Medical Center, enrolling in myMMCMT Patient Portal will allow you to access the following:
Patient Health Summary
Laboratory and Radiology Results
The Portal is completely secure, so you can be confident that your private information is protected. Only you - or an authorized member/care giver - can access your health information.
We hope this new tool will help you take an active role in your healthcare. For more information, including enrollment details, please contact Marias Medical Center at 406.434.3275 or click here to be directed to the myMMCMT information page.
Customer Satisfaction Surveys
Marias Medical Center's Customer Satisfaction Surveys are now available online. We appreciate your comments!
MMC Inpatient Survey (Hospital stay)
MMC Emergency Room Survey
Marias Care Center Family and Friends Survey
Marias Extended Care Center Family and Friend's Satisfaction Survey is also available online. Please click here to access a survey in regards to the care of a resident of Marias Care Center.
Marias Healthcare Services Inc,
We appreciate your comments. Please call 434-3246 if you have any questions or problems with the survey.
MMC Auxiliary and MHSI Scholarships
The Marias Medical Center Auxiliary is now accepting applications for the 2014/2015 academic year. Applications are open to Toole County high school students as well as students currently enrolled in a healthcare field at an accredited University or College.
Marias Medical Center Auxiliary Awarded 4 $1000 scholarships to the following young scholars for the 2013-2014 academic year:
Kelly Jo Hasquet
The Marias Healthcare Services Inc has awarded scholarships for the 2013/2014 school year to the following:
The MHSI application deadline is August 15, 2014.
Family Nurse Practitioner, Joni Walton, Joins Marias Healthcare
Marias Healthcare Services, Inc welcomes Family Nurse Practitioner, Joni Walton, PhD RN ACNS-BC NP-C
Joni Walton is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and a Medical Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Joni has a PhD in nursing and is a researcher in spirituality and recovery from illness. "I value the relationship I have with my patients and strive to empower them to optimum health and quality of life." She is a family nurse practitioner who takes a holistic approach to patient care and strives to promote self-care, prevention of illness, and health promotion.
Joni is married and has four children. Her grandparents were homesteaders in Dunkirk. She has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and worked in a variety of settings including intensive care, day surgery and cardiology. She has worked in large facilities, such as Children's Hospital, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Mayo Clinic and St. Peters Hospital in Helena.
Call 434-3100 to schedule an appointment with Joni Walton, FNP
MMC Respiratory Care Receives National Recognition
Marias Medical Center Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition in National Program
Marias Medical Center has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.
About 700 hospitals or approximately 15 % of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award. This is the 4th year Marias Medical Center has received the award. For a small hospital, this is a high accolade, said director of respiratory care, Bridget Blevins. “The staffing of three full time therapists really separates us from other small hospitals,” added Blevins. MMC also employs one part-time therapist. Many hospitals depend on nurses with specialized training to do respiratory care.
Having a respiratory therapist on-call for emergency care is a “huge asset” for MMC, said Blevins. This gives the ER doctors more resources when time is precious. Respiratory therapists can perform intubations or run ventilators. In the OB-GYN department, a respiratory therapist attends all deliveries.
For the average patient, the diagnostic services provided by the respiratory department may be the most convenient. The RT department can provide EKG’s, echocardiograms, stress testing, and sleep studies, among other diagnostic tests.
The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services.
The AARC’s QRCR program grew out of growing concerns among health care leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of health care services provided to patients. Hospitals that meet the QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines, and should be commended for their commitment to quality care. A list of QRCR hospitals is maintained at the association’s website for consumers, www.YourLungHealth.org.
Respiratory therapists are specially trained health care professionals who work under physician’s orders to provide a wide range of breathing treatments and other service to people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, AIDS, and other lung or lung-related conditions. They also care for premature infants and are key members of lifesaving response teams charged with handling medical emergencies.
The AARC is a membership organization representing more than 50,000 health professional involved in respiratory care nationwide.
Blevins credits the award to the diligence and dedication of her staff. Blevins, Debbie Chippewa, and Paul Crockford are full time therapists, while Shannon McAllister, works part time. “We take great pride in our work and care or our patients.” The department also puts emphasis on education and staying up-to-date on current data in the field.
Toole County Health Foundation's 2014 "Cattle Drive"
The Toole County Health Foundation’s 2014 “Cattle Drive” is now underway. The Foundation would like to invite ranchers to consider using our TCHF branding iron at this year’s branding. This is a great way to donate to the foundation and make a difference in your local healthcare. The funds raised through this year’s drive will be used to purchase new beds in Marias Care Center, or at the request of the donor.
It’s easy! Call Jessica at 434-3246 and we will get the irons to you. You choose which calf or calves to brand with the foundation irons. Then, when it comes time to sell, just check in at the yards with the animal or animals that you wish to donate. After the sale, the Auction yard will send your donation check directly to the Foundation and a receipt for tax purposes will be mailed to you from the Foundation.
In the last year, the Foundation has purchased a TV for the End of Life room at Marias Care Center (MCC), a wheel chair accessible scale and Blanket warmer for MCC, as well as a NuStep machine for Marias Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Department.
“It is so exciting to know that for every 2 calves donated, we will be able to purchase a bed for a very deserving Care Center resident. I can’t wait to see the look on the resident’s face when they get to rest easy on a new bed,” states Foundation Director, Jessica Brusven. “We are so fortunate to have so many generous folks in our communities pulling together to enhance healthcare in our communities.”
"The care I received was outstanding! Everyone went way out of their way to help me and my family. Everyone treated me like a REAL person and not a job"
"The staff did everything to make me feel comfortable. The doctors were very understanding, trying to help make me more comfortable in every way they can."
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