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PMH approves a 5-year contract with Cascade Health Services, Inc.

Prineville residents won't see any changes the first of December when the new management contract with the same company that manages hospitals in Bend and Redmond takes effect
The Pioneer Memorial Hospital board of directors have agreed to a five-year management contract with Cascade Health Services, Inc. the company that manages both St. Charles Medical Clinic in Bend and Mountain View Hospital in Madras.
   The new contract goes into effect as of Dec. 1.
   Business at PMH will continue as usual, Don Wee, Executive Director of PMH. "We felt it was a very good proposal," he said. "This is an exciting time, and it is a very strategic move to make. We look forward to the benefits of a more formal relationship with Cascade Health Services, including management resources, expertise and support. By working more closely together we will have new opportunities to improve health services for the people of Crook County."
   The only change that will be made with the new management, according to a PMH spokesperson, is that both Wee and Colleen Croghan, PMH's chief financial officer, will become CHS employees.
   The rest of the staff are PMH employees, and will continue to be. And like the Madras Hospital, Prineville's local hospital will continue under local control with its own board of directors.