Cabinet Peaks Medical Center

Announces Placement of New CFO

Submitted by

Paula Collins

After a few months of being without a Chief Financial Officer, Cabinet Peaks Medical Center is pleased to welcome Kim Compton to the community. Kim started her new position as CFO at the beginning of September and she has hit the ground running.

Kim is a Montana local, born and raised in central Montana. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting from Montana State University. Kim is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Global Management Accountant.  She began her career in accounting 29 years ago, with 19 of those being in healthcare. She left her CFO/Controller position with Synergy Health Partners to join the administrative team at CPMC.

While attending MSU, Kim met her husband of 30 years, Kelly. They have spent those 30 years in Billings, MT, raising their 2 boys: Garrett and Gavin. “I am excited to have the opportunity to live and work in Libby. The area is beautiful, with a lot of recreational activities to enjoy. My parents and sister are in the Kalispell area so when the CFO position opened, it seemed like a good time to make the move.” Kim enjoys the outdoors and spends her free time boating, camping, skiing, and hiking.

Tadd Greenfield, Cabinet Peaks Medical Center CEO states “Kim Compton comes to us with a broad range of experience in healthcare and we are fortunate to be able to recruit such a talented individual. We have a great team in our fiscal department holding down the fort, but it has been good to have Kim in place to lead the team.”

Libby Co-op office finds permanent home on West 5th Street Continued from Page 1

“Members love having a drive-thru option in Libby,” Julie Johnson, Lead Member Service Representative in Libby, reflected. “The drive-thru became very popular during the pandemic shutdown, and its popularity hasn’t changed.”

Jason Williams, Assistant General Manager for Operations, stated, “Now that we’ve updated and improved the old credit union office space for our members and administrative staff, it makes sense to stay in this location. There’s no reason to spend member dollars on a remodel, or build a new office, when we’ve got a great location that members are familiar with, and that is working for them and for staff.”

Williams continued, “The Libby line crew continues to use the old office for material and equipment storage but will move to the Co-op location on Pipe Creek Road after expansion of the building at that location is complete later this year.  After the move, the Co-op will determine the future for the old office.”

Members can visit the Co-op’s Libby office at 120 West 5th Street, Suite 6, Monday through Friday.

Turning Winds Program Celebrates 20 Years

Innovative Treatment Guides Teens to Healthy Lives

Turning Winds recognizes two decades in helping teens change course during a pivotal time in their lives. A Montana-based full continuum of care treatment program combined with an advanced academic curriculum, Turning Winds was founded in October, 2002.

The program was developed by a father, John Baisden, and his son John Baisden, Jr., after a loss in their own household, to channel their energies and make a positive difference in this world. The program has helped thousands of teens work through a wide range of behavioral, educational, and mental health challenges.

“We find ourselves continually innovating over the years and I don’t see that stopping,” explained co-founder John Baisden, Jr. “The results are incredible when you are unconstrained from the typical bureaucracy of more institutional centers.”

2022 has been a year of accomplishment for the program. Turning Winds achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®, after earning several 3-year CARF accreditations in years prior. In addition, this year TRICARE West authorized Turning Winds as a Residential Treatment Center for members needing mental health care for their children under 18.  A TRICARE RTC must undergo a rigorous application process to provide mental health treatment to families of uniformed service members.

The Turning Winds residential treatment program is modeled after a healthy family environment with strong role models and structure paired with an academic focus and clinical individual, and group sessions. The full-day approach with a higher length of stay helps to invest the time needed for meaningful change. Often, teens return home ahead of their peers in development because of that self-growth.

“It was stressful to come to the decision to have him placed at Turning Winds,” shared the parents of one teen. “It was probably the best thing we’ve ever done, not just for Jacob, but for our entire family.”

An innovation of Turning Winds is its sponsorship of international service trips to change the perspectives of emerging adults. They learn about poorer cultures while giving back through service work.

“The international service trips are life-changing experiences where teenagers get a sneak peek of what it is like to live in such humble circumstances yet be surrounded by so much happiness,” said Owen Baisden, CEO of Turning Winds.

The goal is to show students firsthand how much they have materially, and to see how other teenagers can be happy without relying on excess possessions. The lesson in gratitude can be lasting as a student comes full circle from a person in need to a contributor to others.

Turning Winds sees a future of helping teens in Montana and surrounding states. “Ultimately, when you have been serving young people for so long, you get to see generational change,” Baisden, Jr. said. Individuals who were on that same campus during its first days now have young teens of their own. They currently can apply those life skills to themselves and their children.

About Turning Winds

Founded in 2002, Turning Winds is a residential treatment program recognized as a leader in providing exceptional teen mental health treatment along with a supportive academic experience. Its vision is to restore hope in the teens they work with. Situated on 150 acres in Montana’s deep and pristine northern woodlands, Turning Winds offers young people the time, care, and environment with which to develop the self-agency essential to leading a free, healthy, and meaningful life.  For more information, visit


Submitted by Alecia Ormsby

Jobs for Montana Graduates Receives 17th Consecutive National Performance Award

Submitted by Jessica Nelson


The Montana Department of Labor & Industry announced today Jobs for Montana’s Graduates (JMG), an affiliate of the nationwide Jobs for America’s Graduates program, has received the national organization’s “5-of-5 Award.” The award honors states who achieve or surpass a 90% graduation rate, 80% positive outcomes rate, 60% employment rate, 60% full-time jobs rate, and an 80% full-time placement rate for its participating students.

Administered by the Department of Labor & Industry, Jobs for Montana’s Graduates partners with Montana schools and local employers to increase graduation rates, improve workforce skills, and help young people successfully prepare for the transition to life after high school.

“Year in and year out, JMG is proving the value and success of the Jobs for America’s Graduates model,” said Montana Department of Labor & Industry Commissioner Laurie Esau. “By focusing on students and arming them with the tools they need to succeed, JMG is making a difference in the lives of thousands of Montana students every year.”

Jobs for Montana’s Graduates (JMG) outcomes for those who graduated in 2021:

  • 94% graduation rate (national goal is 90%)
  • 84% job placement, including military (national goal is 60%)
  • 97% full-time positive outcome rate, meaning either landing a job, joining the military, or going on to post-secondary education (national goal is 75%)
  • 97% in full-time jobs (national goal is 60%)
  • 35% further Education rate (national goal is 35%)
  • Investment per student $811- in 14 months these students will pay this back by entering the workforce and paying taxes


In addition, individual JMG programs statewide achieved “5 of 5”


Culbertson High School- Mary Machart

Frenchtown High School- Phil McLendon

Glasgow High School- Jill Page

Granite High School- Ray Hess

Helena High School- Samantha Humphrey

Hot Springs High School- Sher Loberg

Shelby High School- Lexy Fisher

Whitehall High School- Rodney Head