Columbia Falls,
06:42 PM

NVH practice manager named MGMA Administrator of the Year

Congratulations to Sidney Neilson!


Sidney Neilson, Practice Manager at North Valley Professional Center and North Valley Physical Therapy in Columbia Falls, was recently awarded the Montana Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recognition for Administrator of the Year.

The award is based on nominations from executives who have seen exemplary leadership in practice, clinic, or medical group managers. Nominations are submitted from around the state and are evaluated by the MGMA Board of Directors.

“[Sid] has the trust of his providers, his staff and the administrative leaders of North Valley, which, [in healthcare], comes by walking a fine line between supporting the mission of the system and advocating for your staff and providers,” states Kirk Steadmon, Senior Director of Clinic Operations at North Valley Hospital in his nominating letter. “Sid is a good listener and has a calm demeanor, and is also a strong leader.”

Steadmon goes on to mention that Neilson is a dedicated learner and community member. Steadmon says that Neilson managed to lead the clinics through organizational changes and shifts in leadership, “All while balancing life as a caring husband, father, community member and student on his way to completion of an MBA in Healthcare Administration.”

Neilson has been with North Valley Professional Center since early 2017, and recently expanded his role to include managing the North Valley Physical Therapy practice. Previously, Neilson managed Eureka Healthcare Primary Care in Eureka since 2016, overseeing a time of change as the Eureka Healthcare consolidation occurred.

“I was pretty surprised,” says Neilson about receiving the award, “but very honored. It’s a very meaningful thing, to be nominated, to have such great support from North Valley, to the selection by MGMA, both are wonderful organizations to be associated with..” He adds, “I’m incredibly grateful to the wonderful employees at all the clinics I’ve been apart of; I like to think that I have made a positive impact.”

About North Valley Hospital:

North Valley Hospital is a 501©(3), non-profit community Critical Access hospital and affiliate of Kalispell Regional Healthcare. North Valley Hospital is the first hospital in Montana to be affiliated with Planetree. Planetree is a non-profit organization that provides education and information in a collaborative community of healthcare organizations, facilitating efforts to create patient centered care in healing environments. North Valley Hospital receives no tax support for its services. The hospital and its outreach clinics serve Flathead and Lincoln counties.