LOCAL NEWS BREIFS

Henry Jorden joins Friends of Scotchman Peaks

Wilderness

The great outdoors are in Henry Jorden’s blood. Having grown up along the Rocky Mountain Front in Choteau, Mont., he understands why saving the clean air and water of wild lands is vital. It’s a major reason why he joined Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness as Lincoln County outreach coordinator.

Henry will focus on engaging Lincoln County residents on wilderness issues. That means working with local partners and talking with the public about why wild places matter. Henry will put his passion for youth outdoor education to use as well. This winter, he will be coordinating FSPW’s Winter Tracks program in Lincoln County.

“I couldn’t be more excited to become a part of the Friends’ dedicated team and start working to save the wild Scotchmans,” Henry said. “It has been a pleasure getting to know the active and welcoming community here in Lincoln County.”

Henry graduated from Carroll College in 2016 with a BA in political science and international relations. Public lands and environmental policy was an emphasis in his studies, making him a great fit for work saving the wild Scotchmans. He also has experience in elections administration, forestry, wilderness therapy and outdoor education across Montana and Idaho.

In addition to his Scotchman Peaks work, Henry is a counselor at Boulder Creek Academy in Bonners Ferry. He resides in Troy, where his efforts are guided by the unique intersection of community engagement, outdoor education and mental health.

Submitted by Cameron Rasmusson

 

Social Security

impersonation scam impacts Montanans across the state

Two weeks ago a man in Havre gave out his Social Security number to a scammer. This morning a woman in Great Falls became another victim. Calls are being received across the state of Montana by persons pretending to be Social Security Administration employees. The intent of these calls is to steal the victim’s identity and/or money directly from their bank account.

The calls often sound official and are designed by con-artists to get around their victim’s logic and caution by creating a sense of urgency and fear. Various versions have been reported throughout Montana: claiming the recipient’s Social Security number has been suspended due to suspicious activity; talking about enrollment in the Medicare prescription drug program; or offering a lower-cost health plan if someone in the person’s family had cancer.

“It is important for Montanans to be aware of the existence of these potentially life-altering scams so our citizens, particularly those in our most vulnerable populations can protect themselves and their livelihoods,” said Renee Labrie-Shanks, Montana SMP Program Manager with Missoula Aging Services. The following are simple steps all Montanans can take to protect themselves and their loved ones:

Never answer the phone if you don’t recognize the number. If it is important the caller will leave a message.

If you do answer the phone, do not press one, do not engage in dialogue about your personal life, and do not under any circumstances give out your Social Security number, your Medicare number, your bank account number, your birthdate or any other personal information.

If you suspect someone of impersonating the Social Security Administration, call the SSA OIG Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 with caller’s alleged name, telephone number, time and date call was made, and information requested by the caller. If you have given out personal information, call your local Montana SMP at 1-800-551-3191.

Montana SMP is a statewide program designed to educate consumers about healthcare fraud, waste and abuse prevention. Missoula Aging Services administers the program throughout the state.

For more information on this scam and how it is impacting the lives of Montanans, contact Missoula Aging Services at 406.728.7682.

Submitted by Stacy Wirtz

 

New chief nursing

officer

Cabinet Peaks Medical Center is thrilled to introduce to the community Douglas Mudgett, RN, BSN, MSN, MBA, as their new Chief Nursing Officer.

Doug joins the CPMC team from California Correctional Health Care Services where he worked for the last 12 years at the headquarters office as a leader for Nursing Services to redesign and re-build the healthcare system for the 35-facility enterprise.   He holds a Master of Business in Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California Berkeley.

Doug, who has worked in the healthcare field for 33 years, is ready to take on his new role as the Chief Nursing Officer at Cabinet Peaks.  “I plan to be the best leader I can possibly be for the departments and the people in the clinical services areas of CPMC while maintaining CPMC’s great relationship with the community it serves.  I l also ook forward to supporting the medical center’s mission of quality and compassionate care, all while working to keep services to our patients current with the improvements developing in the industry,” he stated.

Bruce Whitfield, CEO at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center is excited to have Doug on board.  “I am thrilled to have someone with Doug’s vast experience join our Administrative Team.  I know he will be a great fit here at CPMC and in Libby.”

Doug has been married for 32 years to his wife, Michele.  They have two grown daughter and two grandsons (8 and 10).  The move to Northwest Montana has been long coming for them.  “My wife and I fell in love with the Northwest MT over two decades ago and with the community of Libby over the last couple of years.  Living and working in Libby is a dream come true.  Thanks everyone for welcoming us.”  Doug and Michele enjoy many outdoor activities year-round and also enjoy gardening, traveling, and family.

Submitted by Kate Stephens