Advanced Care Hospital of Montana Named 2018 Recipient of “Chairman’s Award”

Jake Socha, Division President and Chris Bergh, SVP of Operations, present the Fuller Cup to Judi Powers, CEO and Mia Gravgaard, DMBD

Advanced Care Hospital of Montana has been presented with the Fuller Cup as the 2018 winner of the “Chairman’s Award.” The Fuller Cup is presented annually to the top performing hospital in the Ernest Health system.

“Accepting anything less than a relentless pursuit of high-quality patient care in a cost-responsible way is not an option at ACHM,” said Judi Powers, Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Care Hospital of Montana. “We are privileged to be able to care for the sickest of the sick patients in our communities while breathing life into our guiding principles.”

“Success is achieved through each and every team members’ dedication and daily interactions with our referring hospitals, physicians, and the patients,” Powers added. “We consider ourselves honored to be recognized by our system for standing out as exemplary amongst what could be considered the top post-acute care hospitals in the country. Thank you!”

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Advanced Care Hospital of Montana First in State to Earn National Accreditation

Advanced Care Hospital of Montana First in State to Earn National Accreditation

Bringing nationally recognized care to the local community


Advanced Care Hospital of Montana is the first hospital in the state to earn The Joint Commission’s disease-specific certification in Respiratory Failure. The hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Respiratory Failure after a rigorous on-site review Oct. 14.

“This certification is significant,” says Judi Powers, Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Care Hospital of Montana, “because it means that we’re providing the highest level of respiratory failure care available in the nation right here to patients in our own community. It reflects our commitment to providing safe and effective care to our patients.”

Respiratory failure occurs when there isn’t enough oxygen passing from the lungs into the body’s bloodstream.

“Oxygen-rich blood is needed to help the body’s organs – such as the heart and brain – function properly,” explains Dr. Hector Stella, Medical Director of Advanced Care Hospital of Montana. “Respiratory failure also can occur if a patient’s lungs can’t remove carbon dioxide from the blood. Carbon dioxide is a waste gas that also can harm a body’s organs.”

Different types of diseases can cause respiratory failure, including lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, or cystic fibrosis. Respiratory failure also can be caused by conditions that affect the nerves and muscles that control breathing such as stroke, spinal cord injuries, and muscular dystrophy.

Certification through The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Program is voluntary and addresses three main areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

“Through our services, we want to provide hope and quality of life to our community members who are experiencing these debilitating events,” Powers says. “This certification provides us with the framework to continue a culture of excellence for patients in our community.”

The hospital provides hundreds of patients throughout Montana every year with long-term acute and critical care services. These patients, who are recovering from serious illnesses or injuries, often need care for medically complex conditions such as trauma, infectious diseases, wound healing, cardiovascular disease, stroke, amputations, and respiratory failure.

The hospital, which is located at 3528 Gabel Road in Billings, Mont., features all private patient rooms, and an 8-bed high-observation critical care unit. All patient rooms include cardiac monitoring equipment and mechanical ventilators. The hospital also features a 4,000-square-foot therapy gym with private treatment rooms.

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