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Northern Montana Care Center Awards Honors to Nursing Staff

Havre, Montana – Northern Montana Care Center (NMCC) recently celebrated National Nursing Home Week by awarding honors to several members of its nursing staff. Although NMCC did not hold a reception for the honored employees due to COVID-19 restrictions, special presentations were made to award the certificates and cash prizes.

Amanda Mandeville, RN, was awarded the Max Kuhr Memorial Award. “Since Amanda came to NMCC from Connecticut in July of 2018, she has become an invaluable member of the Care Center team”, stated Christen Obresley, VP of Regulatory & Community Services for Northern Montana Health Care. “As charge nurse on nights she has demonstrated calmness, clarity, and good decision making. She cares about her residents and provides thorough, compassionate care.  Amanda demonstrates leadership qualities in her ability to handle any situation on any wing with professionalism and skill. She regularly helps mentor existing staff while taking new staff under her wing to on-board them. We are fortunate that she has chosen Havre as her home and NMCC as her team.”

The Max E. Kuhr Memorial Award for the Outstanding Caregiver at Northern Montana Care Center was established in 2005 by Ann D. Kuhr as a way of recognizing the outstanding care her husband Max received while a resident at the Care Center.  Eligible candidates must have demonstrated an outstanding attitude of caring and compassion toward residents of Northern Montana Care Center.  The recipient is selected by a committee appointed by the Administrator of the Care Center. 

Jada Rice, CNA, and Curry Small, CNA, were both awarded the Wallie Schmockel Memorial Caring Award.

To honor the memory of her mother, Tillie S. Patterson and the Northern Montana Health Care Foundation (NMHCF) established the Wallie Schmockel Memorial Caring Award in January of 1998.  Prior to that time the award was administered by the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd.

Eligible Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) must have demonstrated an outstanding attitude of caring, compassion, and dedication toward residents of Northern Montana Care Center.  The recipients are selected by the administrator of the Northern Montana Care Center in May of each year from those employees nominated by charge nurses, nursing supervisors and the administrator.

“Both of these CNAs personify the intent behind this award,” added Ms. Obresley. “They take such great care of their residents, showing them care and compassion. They are exactly the type of employees we love to have on our team.”

“Memorial designations like the Wallie Schmockel Award help NMHCF continue to support the mission of NMHC, and allow us to fund special projects, support the educational efforts of our employees, and award excellent staff with recognition. We’re truly thankful for the generosity of our community.” Added Ms. Obresley.

For more information about the Northern Montana Health Care Foundation please visit

Memorial designations may be sent to the Northern Montana Health Care Foundation, PO Box 1231, Havre, MT 59501.

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