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
  • Accessibility
  • PMH Bid Opportunities
  • Resources for External Healthcare Professionals

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 9-member Board of Directors.  This Board is appointed by, and accountable to the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living.  Responsibility of the Board includes 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




Catheryn Pedersen webCatheryn Pederson - Chair

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 Prairie Mountain Health faces.


















PhotoComingSoonLorne Henkleman - Chair

Lorne has considerable experience in serving the public through various organizations, groups and boards.  Notably, Lorne was the Reeve of the RM of Swan River from 2010 to 2014 and served as a Councillor from 2006-2010.  He was also on the University of College North Governing Council from 2011-2014.
Lorne has also served as a member of the Swan Valley Medical Stakeholders Group, Swan Valley Doctor Recruitment and Retention Committee, Swan Valley Health Facilities Foundation and Swan Valley Community Foundation.  He is also a board member on the Swan Valley Refugee Committee.
He is also a Past President of the Swan Valley Stampeders Junior Hockey Club and Swan River Minor Hockey.
Lorne and his wife Lesley currently reside in the Kenville district, south of Swan River, where they have a grain and oilseed farm.  Lorne was also teacher in the Swan Valley School Division for several years (1990-2008).  In his spare time, he and his family enjoy spending time at Wellman Lake in the Duck Mountains.


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. 


















PhotoComingSoonMurray Parrot

Murray Parrott lives on a farm near Franklin, MB.  and is a recently retired Grade 5 teacher, having taught 33 years in total.  To go along with his lifetime of teaching, he also has experience in farming and construction of seniors housing.   Murray has been married to wife Kerry for over 34 years and has four children and 6 grandchildren.  He loves to draw floor plans and watch the sunset at his cabin.
Murray has served as a member of several organizations and boards in Neepawa including Town Council.
Some of his other key interests include sports like Judo, hockey, lake skating, fishing and hunting.


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).  Her 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. 


 Directors photos and bios coming soon:

    Cheryl Bjornson                                
    Gwendolyn Drul                                
    Duane Whyte                                


Annual Reports 


Strategic Plan


Community Health Assessment

 2012 - 2013       English    
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 2014 - 2015              
2014 Audited Financial Statement              
2015 - 2016 Annual Report              
2015 Audited Financial Statement              
2016 Wait Time Year End Report              
2016 - 2017 Annual Report              
2016 Audited Financial Report              



2016 Accreditation Report

CEO 2013 - 2014       Overview      
CEO 2014 - 2015       Full Report      
CEO 2015 - 2016              
CEO 2016 - 2017              



The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) was passed on December 5, 2013 and provides a clear, proactive process to identify, prevent and remove barriers to accessibility.

Under this legislation, the Manitoba government will develop mandatory accessibility standards to address barriers to accessibility with respect to the following five areas:

  • Customer service
  • Employment
  • Transportation information
  • Communication
  • Built environment

The implementation of AMA will have positive impacts on access to health care services. The removal of barriers addressed through the five standards will result a more welcoming environment for everyone using health care services and for staff, students, volunteers and visitors.

The Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) Accessibility Plan was approved by the PMH Board of Directors on April 27, 2017.  This plan is a living document and will be updated as additional information becomes available.

If you would like additional information about Accessibility in Prairie Mountain Health, please contact:

Lara Bossert,

Executive Director – Communications & Corporate Operations

Prairie Mountain Health

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One of our first steps is to gain an understanding of the barriers to accessibility in our healthcare facilities are.

What are Barriers to Accessibility?

Barriers to accessibility are obstacles that make it difficult - or sometimes impossible - for people with different abilities to fully participate in school, work, social situations or receive health services. Barriers usually develop because accessibility needs are not considered. There are many different types of barriers, both visible and invisible. They include:

Attitudinal Barriers - may result in people with disabilities being treated differently than people without disabilities (e.g., talking to an individual's support person assuming the individual with a disability will not be able to understand; assuming a person who has a speech impairment or speaks a different language cannot understand you; thinking a person with an intellectual or mental health disability cannot make decisions, etc.).

Informational and Communication Barriers - arise when a person with a disability cannot easily receive and /or understand information available to others (e.g., print is too small to be read by a person with impaired vision; public address systems alert only people who can hear, etc.).

Technological Barriers - occur when technology, or the way it is used, is not accessible (e.g., websites not accessible to people who are blind and use screen reader software; accepting only online registration forms for programs, etc.).

Systemic Barriers - are policies, practices or procedures that result in some people receiving unequal access or being excluded (e.g., not considering the needs of persons with disabilities at the event planning stage; not being aware of policies that support accessibility, etc.).

Physical and Architectural Barriers - in the environment prevent physical access for people with disabilities (e.g., a door knob cannot be turned by a person with limited mobility or strength; aisles are narrowed by displays or equipment making them impassable by a person using a wheelchair or walker, etc.).

Welcome to Prairie Mountain Health bid opportunities.  

These tenders are for multiple departments; should you have any questions on a particular item, please contact the identified project lead. 

You are encouraged to visit our opportunities often; updates occur as required and without notice.












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 Private Healthcare Providers

Private healtcare providers are trained health care professionals who may hold a license with a regulatory body as applicable e.g. College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba.  They provide a clinical health service and are not employed or contracted by Prairie Mountain Health (PMH). The Private Providers Provision of Health Care Services policy guides the safe provision of private health care provider services in PMH sites/programs operated and staffed by PMH.

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