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Heather Johns, D-NP, is thrilled to be back in Pondera County treating patients at the Pondera Medical Center Rural Health Clinic. She is pictured with her husband, Bryce, and son, Cole. She will begin seeing patients in September.

Pondera Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Heather Johns, D-NP, to the PMC Rural Health Clinic as the newest Family Medicine Provider.  Heather (Newmiller) Johns graduated from Conrad High School in 2008 before completing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Montana State University in 2013. She recently graduated from Montana State University in May 2019 with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Pondera Medical Center could not be more excited that Heather has made the commitment to serve patients from her hometown hospital. 

 “This is why we do what we do. Every day we work together to be the best that we can be for Valier, Conrad, Brady and the entire area we serve. To have Heather want to join our mission and vision is such an honor. The idea that she sees the potential to reach her goals and best serve her community through PMC speaks volumes about our facility. We are truly humbled,” said PMC officials.

Heather believes, “Healthcare is a collaborative process that relies on dependable and knowledgeable staff members. I believe in teamwork, leadership, and an eager willingness to keep learning. Communication, critical thinking, and strong analytical skills are important components in taking care of patients. I believe in staying current on evidence-based-practice in order to facilitate the best care for the patients.” 

Prior to joining PMC, Heather was employed as an RN in the Cardiovascular Unit and ICU at Benefis Healthcare Systems. She and her husband, Bryce Johns, have a two-year-old son, Cole. Bryce farms and ranches north of Conrad. 

“Heather is a great combination of innovation, kindness and respect for family and community. We just could not be more excited to have her join our team,” said Cynthia Grubb, Clinical Navigator for the PMC Rural Health Clinic. 

PMC asked Heather some questions to help introduce her to PMC’s patient population in Valier, Conrad and the surrounding communities. 

•What made you decide to go into nursing, and then further your education?

“One of my very first jobs was at PMC in the kitchen. My favorite part of my day was bringing the carts up to the residents. I knew I wanted to do something where I had more interaction with the residents. I then decided to become a CNA at PMC. I absolutely loved it, which is what inspired me to become a nurse. I’ve had so many wonderful experiences as a nurse but ultimately, I knew I wanted to be able to make a change for my community,” said Heather.

•Being a working mother and farm wife on top of going to school, what motivates you and inspires you to work so hard? 

“My biggest inspiration for becoming a nurse practitioner was finding something that could serve the community and also allow me to have time to devote myself to my family.  Having the ability to do both of the things that are important to me is an absolute dream,” she shared.

•What are you looking forward to most in your new role in Family Medicine? 

“I am looking forward to continuing to find ways to talk to patients and really communicate and educate to help everyone live a better life,” responded Heather.

Can you share a little about some of your research and healthcare passions?

“I have done the most research in palliative care, which is dear to my heart because of my experience as a nurse in the ICU. Helping people and their families navigate through difficult times and decisions is important to me. I also really love the entire lifespan from pediatrics to geriatrics, which is why I feel like I have found my dream job,” said Heather.

“Preventative health is a big deal to healthcare (and me) and I hope I can make an impact on the community dwellers in Conrad and the surrounding area. If I can help prevent diseases from occurring or catch diseases before they become a problem--that is the ultimate goal,” she added.

Heather Johns, D-NP, will be available to schedule patients in September and looks forward to building her client base. Please call Pondera Medical Center Marketing (406-271-3495) or the PMC Rural Health Clinic (406-271-2131) for further information or if you have questions.

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