his past year has
brought about many changes to the Plentywood Clinic.
Some of which include many new faces.
Some include the type of care your are going to be receiving.
And some include the type of services
which are now available here at the Clinic.
Let’s begin with the new faces.
We are excited to announce we now have on staff a Registered
Dietitian, who is also a Certified Diabetic Educator.
Marci Butcher, RD,CDE is a member of the Medicine Lake Community.
Her hus-band, Jason Butcher is the Principal at the Medicine Lake
School and they have one son Andrew who is 3 and are expecting another
child in January. Marci moved
to Sheridan County approximately one year ago from Billings.
There she had worked for St. Vincent Hospital as a
Also starting in November was Lisa Fawcett, RN.
Lisa is a member of the Outlook Community.
She is married to Doug Fawcett and the two of
them have one child, Kyle who is just under two years of age. Lisa moved to Sheridan County approximately one year ago from
Billings. There she worked
for Deaconess Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit and also for their
flight program known as Deacare. We
are very excited to have both Marci and Lisa as part of our health care
September brought about some other staffing changes.
Mari Stoner semi-retired as office manager from the clinic.
She is venturing out to start her own business.
She will be opening a clothing store here in Plentywood this
spring, and has named it “The Red Hanger”.
Watch for her grand opening this spring!
Mari is still in charge
of accounts payable and payroll here at the clinic.
The new office manager is
Nancy Lasar, RN. Nancy
has worked at the Plentywood Clinic for just over a year as a registered
nurse. She will be in charge
of all office aspects, as well as continue to work as a nurse with Dr.
Stoner. Nancy has been busy
setting up many of the Disease Management Clinic some of you may have
With all of the new employee changes, we have managed to keep the
long term faithful ones here. They
Amber Skorpil - Physicians Assistant
Tressa Wang - Receptionist
Lyn Guenther - Accounts Receivable
Edie Ritland - Patient Billing
Cindy Nikolaisen -Insurance Filing
Sherry Sebastian - Medical Assistant
Judy Becker - Medical Assistant
Karen Linder - Registered Nurse
Bonnie Stoner - Registered Nurse
Bev Cybulski - Registered Nurse
Sherry Williard - Cleaning Personnel
Toni McCann - Cleaning
All of these along with the new employee’s are here and
ready to help you with all of your medical needs.
isease Management, what is it? Improving
the quality of care provided by your doctor.
Disease Management is a way for the doctor and his staff to educate
patients about their disease,
therefore giving them
more responsibility and control over their health condition.
The asset of Disease
Management is preventing disease and intervening
early with patients who
have chronic conditions such as diabetes, congestive heart failure,
We began a formal diabetic education program in November.
This included an initial group workshop taught by the
dietitian/diabetic educator and nurses.
In these workshops, we included such topics as what is the
difference between Type I and Type II Diabetes, Nutrition Therapy, Food
Label Reading, Long Term Affects of Diabetes, and Chronic Complications of
Diabetes. This was our
initial session and following up the
education, we will be scheduling appointments for patients to see Marci,
individually to review dietary needs.
Also diabetic patients were encouraged to set up an appointment
with the “nurse diabetic clinic”.
For the “nurse diabetic clinic”, patients will schedule a half
hour appointment with the nurse. Items
to be covered will include home glucose readings, last A1c results,
complete foot exams along with complete body assessment, review current
medications and further diabetic education as needed.
By scheduling with the nurse, patients will have 30 minutes of
uninterrupted time which will allow them to ask questions and
voice concerns related to their health.
Dr. Stoner will continue to provide over all medical care to the
patients as well as review each patient visit with the nurse.
By doing this Dr. Stoner and his staff believe they can prevent
many complications related to the disease process as well as provide
outstanding patient care. If
you are a diabetic and haven’t yet taken part in our education program,
call the clinic today to schedule an appointment with the “Nurse
The other Disease Management Clinic we have established in a “INR
Clinic”. This is a clinic
for those patients on continual coumadin therapy.
This clinic will be conducted similar to the diabetic clinic in
which the patient will call and schedule an appointment with “Nurse INR
Clinic”. At the
appointment, the nurse will do an actual INR blood test, review your
current medication, check your blood pressure, and do a complete head to
toe assessment. If the INR is
in the range which Dr. Stoner has established for each individual patient,
then there will be no medication changes and the patient will need to
return in four weeks. If the
patient’s INR is outside of the range, then Dr. Stoner will be consulted
immediately to make the appropriate medication changes.
As with the diabetic clinic, Dr. Stoner and the nurse will review
all patients and their results daily.
Patients will also follow up with Dr. Stoner every 3 or 6 months.
Insurance companies are covering these services.
So by establishing Disease Management Clinics, we feel we can
better serve our patients health care needs, spend quality time with them,
and still provide all of their medical care by their family physician, Dr.
doctor visits are by appointment only.
The following is a schedule for the Plentywood Clinic.