About Prairie Mountain Health

          Health and Wellness for All 
          Together, we promote and improve the health of people in our region through the delivery of innovative and client-centered health care.
          Our Values define what we believe in; what we stand for. 
          They provide us with a common understanding of what's important and provide us with a framework for our actions.

  • Putting words into action
  • Demonstrating ethical behaviour
  • Doing the right thing based on the PMH Ethical Framework
  • Communicating honestly and transparently
  • Earning the trust of our patients and coworkers
  • Treating others with compassion and dignity
  • Appreciating each other
  • Demonstrating genuine caring and empathy in all we do
  • Accepting of differences
  • Accepting and ensuring responsibility for our actions
  • Demonstrating professionalism
  • Ensuring our organization is fiscally accountable
  • Maintaining transparency in all we do
  • Supporting evaluation of our services


  • Being inclusive and fair
  • Supporting improvements based on needs
  • Working with partners to address disparities and social determinants of health


  • Being proactive, receptive & open-minded
  • Responding to and planning for the needs of our patients, families and staff
  • Supporting our patients and each other
  • Promoting innovation and continuous improvement
  • Improving safety and effectiveness of our services


  • Involving community, clients and staff
  • Listening to and considering ideas and concerns in decision-making
  • Using a team approach in the work we do


  • Our Region
  • Board of Directors
  • Regional Reports

Our Region

Prairie Mountain Health/Santé Prairie Mountain (PMH) was officially formed in June 2012, following the Manitoba government amalgamation of the former regional health authorities of Assiniboine, Brandon and Parkland. It is one of five regional health authorities in the province.

The Region covers a geographically large area, around 67,000 sq. kilometres. It runs east-west from Saskatchewan/Manitoba border communities like Benito, Elkhorn and Russell to Waterhen Lake, Lake Manitoba and Treherne. From north-south, the region runs from the 53rd parallel north of Mafeking and close to Dawson Bay, right down to the United States border near communities like Melita, Deloraine, Boissevain, Killarney and Cartwright.

Our Region

The population of the region in 2013 was 167,121, around 12.9% of the Manitoba population. It is made up of 55 municipalities, which include the cities of Brandon and Dauphin.

There are 14 First Nation Band councils/communities, 15 Northern Affairs community councils and 30 Hutterite colonies/communities.

In Prairie Mountain Health region, there are 20 acute care (hospital) sites, 43 long term care (personal care home) sites, nine (9) transitional care sites*, five (5) Primary Health Care Centres, one (1) Primary Care Centre (Swan River) and 38 (EMS) Emergency Medical Service (ambulance) facilities. There is one (1) Orthopedic Rehabilitation Centre (Rivers).

*A transitional care site is defined as a site where the client/patient does not require 24-hour hour per day/7 day a week medical (Physician) supervision and/or intervention.

The Region works alongside a number of affiliate (non-devolved) facilities of which the numbers are included above, by means of operating agreements, which include:

  • Winnipegosis District Health Centre;
  • Dinsdale Personal Care Home - Brandon;
  • Ste Rose General Hospital
  • Dr. Gendreau Personal Care home - Ste. Rose Du Lac
  • Gilbert Plains EMS
  • Shilo EMS
  • Brandon EMS
  • *Hillcrest Personal Care Home - Brandon; and
  • *Valleyview Personal Care Home - Brandon

*Hillcrest Personal Care Home and Valleyview Personal Care Home in Brandon are proprietary (for profit) Personal Care Homes and are currently funded through Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. However, through a service agreement, PMH is responsible for quality of care and standards for these two facilities.

There are also seven (7) Community Cancer Programs, with Regional Cancer Care Hubs in Brandon and Dauphin and support programs in Deloraine, Hamiota, Neepawa, Russell and Swan River. Prairie Mountain Health and CancerCare Manitoba also work together to provide services and support for cancer patients at a dedicated facility - the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre - which opened in Brandon in 2011.

The region also offers hemodialysis services in Brandon, Dauphin, Russell and Swan River.

As of February 2016, there are 24 communities within PMH region that provide Telehealth services.

There are approximately 8,700 employees of Prairie Mountain Health whom, together, provide a broad continuum of health programs and services.

The Region is designated as a provincial bilingual Health Authority, in accordance with French Language Services legislation and guidelines.

Updated as of April 1, 2016

Board of Governance

Prairie Mountain Health operates under the direction of a 12-member Board of Directors.  This Board is appointed by, and accountable to the Minister of Health and responsible for the mandate, resources and performance of the health authority. As such, members must represent the region as a whole, not any particular community or interests.

The Board’s role is to ensure the organization’s accountability by monitoring and evaluating its performance and by interacting and communicating with the public, stakeholders and partners.

Board memebers represent a broad cross-section of geographical areas, interests, experience and expertise. It is expected that members also share a strong sense of commitment to achieving the provincial vision of healthy Manitobans through an appropriate balance of prevention and care.

The Prairie Mountain Health Board of Directors must ensure that the organization complies with applicable legislation, regulations, provincial policies and Ministerial directives.


Meet our Board of Directors




Harry Showdra webHarry Showdra - Chair

Harry has an extensive background in municipal affairs, having worked as a Municipal Secretary-Treasurer and the Municipal Administrator. He has since retired from his position as Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Swan River, a job he held for over 38 years. Harry has always been an active member of his community having been a Town  Councilor, a member of the Swan River Valley Agricultural Society, Swan River Chamber of Commerce and Swan River Economic Development Committee. Harry was a member of the former Parkland Regional Health Authority board from 2009-2012.  He is interested in the delivery of the best possible health care for the region and the province and has been appointed the as the Vice Chair of the Board.

He and his wife Audrey enjoy retired life and are active members in the community and church where he is a member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada. Harry also enjoys curling, gardening and walking.


















Sharon Basaraba webSharon Basaraba 

Sharon is on the PMH board because she has always played a leadership role in business and volunteer endeavors and feels that having adequate healthcare is the most important aspect in a person’s life. She feels that healthcare is faced with many challenges, especially the lack of sufficient professionals like doctors and nurses, specifically in rural areas and would like to work toward solutions. Sharon owned and operated a grocery store for 7 years; worked for 17 years as secretary/educational assistant at the Gilbert Plains Collegiate, and, after retiring, continues to work as a substitute secretary for the Division. She also worked for two and half years as Resource Coordinator for the Gilbert Plains & District Community Resource Council and she is the author of ‘Memory Lane”, a book depicting the history of the Gilbert Plains area and its residents over the last 100 years. Throughout this time she has been involved in farming operation with husband for 40 years. Over the years Sharon was actively involved in the activities of her three sons as well as being president of the local Historical Society, secretary-treasurer of the Gilbert Plains Museum, executive of the Plains View Bowlers Association; treasurer of the Central Manitoba Bowling Association; and a Recreation Commission member. Sharon has been married to Ron for 46 years and they have four grandchildren.

















    Ray Berthelette  (Photo and bio coming soon)                                

Rita Blaikie webRita Blaikie 

Rita is a Registered Nurse who worked in her chosen field for over 37 years in various areas from maternity to palliative care. She has worked in five provinces in Canada and three European countries in both English and French.

Along with her RN she holds a BA from the University of Manitoba. As her employment background indicates, Rita has been interested in health care since she was 18. She feels her experience, in having worked across Canada and in other countries will be valuable to the Board. She was a member of the former Brandon RHA Board for five years and was recently appointed to the Manitoba Council on Aging. Rita has been involved in fund-raisers for several charities and organizations; spring tulip campaign for the Manitoba Lung Association; Brandon East NDP constituency association and the Brandon NDP Women’s Issues Committee.

Her husband, John, is a recently retired associate professor of English Literature and Journalism at Brandon University and they have been married for 40 years and have three adult children, and eight grandchildren. All of them live and work in Brandon. Rita enjoys many activities including reading and research, gardening, and travelling.

















    Larry Catagas  (Bio coming soon)LarryCatagas web                                

Dean Dietrich webDean Dietrich

Dean and his wife Marilyn live in Neepawa. Dean is employed as the Purchasing Officer at HyLife Foods LP in Neepawa. Dean is very involved in the community. He has served over 15 years as councilor for the Town of Neepawa. Other community involvement included chair of the Assiniboine Regional Health Authority 2008-2012, past Board Member for the Marquette RHA, member of ARHA District Health Advisory Council, Chair of the Beautiful Plains Health Services Board leading to regionalization, Past President on the Neepawa and District Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair of Community Futures Westman, along with founding member and past chair of Tourism Westman. Dean continues to serve the community as Chair of the Public Safety Committee of councilwhich includes Police Services, Fire Department and Neepawa Veterinary Services. Dean’s strong interest in community wellness has developed through his broad experience in community development and community involvement.

Barry French webBarry French

Barry lives in Stockton and works as Staff Training Coordinator-Brandon Correctional Centre . Over the years he has given of his time as Past Volunteer Firefighter – Pinawa; Past Vice Chair Pinawa Chamber of Commerce; Past Chair Westman-Interprovincial Association on Native Employment(WIANE); Treasurer Gang Disempowerment Committee of Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council; etc. Barry lives with his wife Annastasia and together they have a blended family of 6 children. He has lived and worked in Ireland on the family farm and other jobs for 13 years, and owned a small town general store in Pinawa. Barry feels that being a part of the PMH board is an excellent opportunity to give back to the community which has supported and helped him on many occasions. Barry brings his many years of experience in working on multi-cultural committees as well as task oriented committees and has a certificate in managing in Government.



Terry Johnson webTerry Johnson 

Terry was born and raised on a family farm near Manson, Manitoba. After completing high school in Virden he went on to Red River Community College. He graduated with a Diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology and started work with Manitoba Hydro. He worked in the engineering and construction fields for over 14 years, most of that time in northern Manitoba. In 1980 Terry and his wife Joan moved back to the Elkhorn area to take over the family farm and to raise their two children Brian and Lindsay. After 23 years they retired to Virden, but that didn’t last long. Terry was hired by the Virden Credit Union to conduct risk assessment and lending in the Ag sector, a position he retired from after over 5 years. Terry has had the privilege of serving in the public sector for over 30 years; as a Reeve and councilor in the RM of Archie and Deputy Mayor and councilor for the Town of Virden. He has also held the position of chair for Health District #10, the Manitoba Crop Insurance Corporation, and the Manitoba Crop Insurance Appeal Tribunal. He is a former director for District # 8 for the Keystone Ag Producers of Manitoba and founding member of the Manitoba Farm Stewardship Corporation.


















Alison NcNeill Hordern webAlison McNeill Hordern

Alison has held numerous positions including Director of Personnel, Director of Planning, Director of Institutional Analysis, and Coordinator for Academic Research at various universities. Her more recent responsibilities involved working closely with faculty at Brandon University to develop research proposals. She was also the administrator responsible for the University Research Ethics Board. Alison holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree in Music. She has taught music in elementary schools and continues to run a private studio teaching piano and theory through the conservatory of the BU School of Music. Alison has always been particularly fascinated by the health field and found the work of the previous Brandon RHA board personally challenging and satisfying. In July 2011, she completed two three–year terms as the representative of the RHA Council of Chairs on the Provincial Health Information Privacy Committee. Alison a broad array of skills in strategic planning, policy development, governance, and ethics as well as the knowledge and experience she has gained during her time on the PMH Board. Some of those experiences includes having volunteered on the Brandon MS Board, Vice-President of the hospital auxiliary and a member on the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation board. She has volunteered in the hospital as a Blue Cross worker, and was responsible for organizing a regional recreational Winter Festival. She has lived in Brandon for over 30 years and currently enjoys visiting personal care homes through the auspices of the St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog program. This volunteer work combines her love of dogs with the joy of working as a volunteer to bring some joy to others.


















Jonathan Murray webJonathan Murray

Jonathan was born and raised in Brandon and graduated from Brandon University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. In 2009 he received his Chartered Accountants designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba. He is currently the Controller at TL Penner Construction in Virden. Jonathan’s interest in healthcare is ensuring that the money being received by the Province is being spent in a way that provides the highest level of care for patients while at the same time being aligned with the priorities set down by government. Jonathan has served as a Provincial Advisory board member for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada and has served as a board member for Brandon Crime Stoppers. 


















Catheryn Pedersen webCatheryn Pedersen

Catheryn worked most of her career in the life insurance industry: she was Training Manager for Great West Life Assurance and later Brokerage Administrator for Metropolitan Life.

Catheryn has worked as a volunteer in health care in a variety of aspects including palliative care and health auxiliary. Catheryn lost her husband to ALS in 2009. She was his primary caregiver for 5 years which put her in the position of working with the entire medical community.

Since moving to Holland, Manitoba, she has become involved with the local Community Foundation, Community Development, Lioness Club, sits on various other committees and boards including her Church.

Her children and grandchildren live in B.C. whom she visits as often as she can.

Catheryn has a deep respect for the work, objectives and challenges that PHH faces.


















Perry Roque webPerry Roque

Perry has worked for the City of Brandon for the past 20 years, and is currently the Director of Community Services. Perry feels that health care is changing and with an aging population we need to continue to work towards improved health for people. Perry has volunteered extensively with such organizations as the Canadian Red Cross, Lifesaving Society; and President of Rec Connections Manitoba. He has served as Chair of the strategic planning committee for Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, the Brandon Catholic School Board, and the Northern Manitoba Recreation and Sport Associations. 

Perry enjoys running, cycling, swimming, reading, and working in the yard.


















Wanda SandyWanda Sandy

Wanda resides in Canupawakpa Dakota Nation where she is originally from. She is currently employed as the Health Director for CDN – Health Services where she has worked since November 2005. Wanda currently holds the volunteer position of Illegal Drug Coordinator for Canupawakpa.

Wanda has a passion for learning and has attained her education from numerous academic locations. She received her Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Native Studies and a Minor in Psychology from Brandon University. While attending Thunder Bay Confederation College she received her Law & Security Administration Diploma.   She also received her Community Social Development Certificate from Assiniboine Community College. She continues to further her education, and recently received Certification from First Nations Health Manager Association of Ottawa.

Wanda lived in Vancouver, BC for 10 years and worked for a Provincial Aboriginal Women’s Organization. She started as a Volunteer, worked as a Loss Prevention Officer, then became the Assistant to the Executive Director, was appointed by the Board to Acting Executive Director then became Executive Director.

Previous work experience includes working casually for CDN Education as a Dakota Language Instructor/ Teacher’s Aide. She was also worked casually as an Aboriginal Liaison Coordinator for Burnaby Correctional Centre for Women.

Past volunteer work includes being a Board Member for Burnaby Correctional Centre for Women, Committee member for Female Offender Advisory Committee and First Nations Breast Cancer Society of BC. Currently she is the Chair for the Aboriginal Liaison Committee (comprised of 7 Health Directors of former ARHA).

Wanda believes in giving back to her community and has volunteered as a committee member for education, housing, pow wows and community fundraisers.

In Wanda’s free time she enjoys time with family – especially her grandchildren, making star quilts, powwows and dancing (traditional women’s category)

Wanda’s spirituality, her Dakota language and traditions are all important parts of her life.

Wanda is enjoying her work with the PMH Board – one of her focuses in on partnership and collaborative approaches in addressing gaps in health care, with First Nations, Health Canada and Manitoba Health. 


Donald StorjordDonald Storjord 

Don who is now retired has over 40 years of experience in sales and marketing. Based out of Manitoba and North West Ontario Don was responsible for sales management in the automotive, marine, paint and coatings industries.

Don is a very active member of his community and volunteers on the Board of the Swan Valley Senior Centre and at the Swan River Golf and Country Club. He is also a driver for Cancer Care Manitoba. Don was a past board member for Insurance Council of Manitoba, doing two 3 year terms, from July 2008 - July 2014.

The Rural Municipality of Swan Valley West is where Don and his wife Judy have called home for the last 15 years. Don has two daughters, Susan and Valerie, who both live in Winnipeg. When Don has some free time he enjoys being in the outdoors and going golfing, camping and fishing with friends and family.


Annual Reports 


Strategic Plan


Community Health Assessment

 2012 - 2013       English      
 2013 - 2014       French      
 2014 - 2015              

2014 Audited Financial Statement

2015 - 2016 Annual Report              
2015 Audited Financial Statement              
2015 Wait Time Year End Report              



2016 Accreditation Report

CEO 2013 - 2014       Overview      
CEO 2014 - 2015       Full Report      

CEO 2015 - 2016