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Linda O’Brien, Terry Aakre, Roxy Zomer, Kristen Juras, and Don McClain of the Pondera Healthcare Foundation present Laura Erickson, Chief Nursing Officer and Randi Coleman a $1,000 check for the portable ultrasound fundraiser.  

Pondera Medical Center (PMC) is excited to announce their 2018 Golf Tournament Fundraiser will be held Saturday, June 16, at the Pondera Golf Club. All of the proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of a bedside (portable) ultrasound for PMC’s emergency room. 

The four-person, 18-hole scramble is open to golfers of all abilities in men’s, women’s, or mixed divisions. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the shotgun start begins at 9 a.m. 

Golfers will be provided with a light breakfast and lunch and the green fees will be covered in the registration fees. 

There will be many side games that provide several ways to win great prizes donated by local businesses. The winners’ jackets will be made by Bob Moritz at Lookout Promotions again. 

“We have had amazing support in past years for this fundraiser and this year is no exception. We currently have four Ace Sponsors that have donated $1,000 each to this cause. That’s incredible,” said Randi Coleman, Marketing Specialist. 

The Pondera Healthcare Foundation has graciously donated $1,000 for seed money to this fundraiser. The tournament’s Ace Sponsors include Independence Bank, Stockman Bank and Sletten Construction Companies. 

Coleman continued, “We’re grateful for the support our Aces have shown PMC. They have really set the bar. The generosity and support they have exhibited is remarkable. 

“We know that each dollar matters in a fundraiser like this so we are working to keep our expenses down for this tournament as well. Pondera Golf Club has been great to us and in years past has given PMC a discount on green fees.  Scott and his wife, Pam, owners of the Home Café are going to help us out with lunch again by providing the meat. They donated hamburgers and hotdogs last year and they are always such a hit. ” 

The profits will be used to purchase a bedside ultrasound, which is a compact, portable imaging tool that is used alongside the patient’s hospital bed. 

A bedside ultrasound means virtually no wait time for life-threatening conditions. This will help PMC’s Emergency Room providers accurately diagnose and start treatment for trauma injuries and bleeding in a matter of seconds. 

This type of ultrasound removes patient transit complications and takes much of the wait time out of the equation. The provider can observe in real time what’s going on in a patient’s body, allowing them to make care decisions quicker. This ability increases the efficiency and effectiveness in trauma and surgical assessment and decreases the risk of infection. 

Dr. Jay Taylor explained, “Bedside ultrasound is rapidly growing in its utilization in primary care.  By adding this resource to our toolkit, we can continue to meet the needs of our patients.  We are so grateful for our community’s past support and will continue to do our best to serve you.”

Providers may also use the ultrasound to better perform minor procedures in the hospital. 

This technology is an essential part of PMC’s mission and will help us continue to serve patients with the “Best of Care, Close to Home.” 

PMC asks for the community’s continued participation in the golf tournament fundraiser so they can continue to take care of the emergent healthcare needs of the community. 

To sign-up a team or make a 501(c)(3) donation to this fundraiser, call 271-3211 and ask for Marketing Specialist, Randi Coleman, or visit ponderamedical.org.

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