In 2009, NCHN implemented the NCHN Annual* Awards program designed to honor outstanding individuals and organizations in the field of health networks. You will find award recipients listed below, along with the Call for Nominations when it is available. It's never too soon to start thinking about who should be recognized this year.

*Due to a joint summit with 3RNet and NOSORH in 2015, NCHN Annual Awards were not given.

Awards Guidelines 

Awards Nomination Form

Annual Awards Categories


   In 2018, NCHN awarded its first Lifetime Achievement Award to Janet Bastian of Montana Health Network 

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient 

Jan Bastian lifetime award

Janet Bastian, Montana Health Network 

Montana Health Network (MHN) formed in 1987 with Ms. Bastian serving as the CEO with only one additional employee. Under Ms. Bastian’s 31- year leadership, MHN has grown to 19 permanent employees and 135 temporary staff, including, RN’s, LPN’s, CNA’s, Radiology Technologists, Medical Technicians, and Medical Coders. MHN provides services to a total of 50 healthcare facilities in Montana and Northern Wyoming, including CAH’s, hospitals, clinics and mental health centers. The network also provides temporary staffing to an additional 15 facilities.

The following core programs have been developed to address facility needs and provide better quality, pricing and control.

  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance Trust (est. 1990)
  • Multiple Employer Health Plan (est. 1993)
  • Multiple Employer 401(k) plan (est. 1999)
  • Captive Insurance Company for Malpractice (est. 2001)

With Ms. Bastian at the helm, MHN operates a successful staffing agency, providing healthcare staff across the state of Montana and supports facilities in efforts to attract, recruit, retain and educate healthcare providers. Collaborative in nature, MHN has also worked with colleges, using distance learning to expand nursing programs into its members’ locations. During times of transition, MHN also offers healthcare facilities interim leadership positions, such as Director of Nursing and Chief Executive Officer. Relatedly, the network has been awarded several grants to assist with apprenticeship opportunities.

MHN also serves as an Area Health Education Center, providing the majority of classes to facilities on-site. This assists the facilities by reducing the amount of staff time and money spent obtaining training. Additionally, the network offers on-line training for CNA’s, boards and multiple clinical programs. The organization is accredited to provide continuing education credits for nurses, ACHE, and Montana Nursing Home Administrators.

In 2010, Montana Health Network was recognized with the Outstanding Health Network of the Year Award, by the National Cooperative of Health Networks. 

Ms. Bastian has served on the board of the Montana Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Guaranty Fund from 1991-2018, holding the position of Board President from 1995-2016. Ms. Bastian earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado and an MBA from Syracuse University with an emphasis in organization and management. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Montana Program.