Author Archives: Rockell Otero

  1. Prairie Band Health Services Teams with Altapure  

    Prairie Band Health Services, a subsidiary of Prairie Band LLC (PBLLC), is proud to announce a new distribution agreement with Altapure, a leader in the next generation of high-level disinfection equipment. This agreement will allow Prairie Band Health Services to market Altapure’s products to tribes, commercial entities and governmental agencies nationwide. 

    Altapure’s flagship product is the AP-4 High Level Disinfection System, an ultrasonic peracetic acid (PAA) based technology that provides high-level disinfection of large spaces, like hospitals, burn units, clean rooms and animal facilities. In addition, Altapure offers the PC-RED, a lightweight environmental disinfection unit ideal for first responder vehicles, ambulances, triage tents, medical procedure rooms and firehouses.  

    Meeting the EPA definition of disinfection, Altapure’s technology has demonstrated superior performance over the last ten years of use in medical facilities. This technology provides a consistent 6-log kill rate, killing 99.9999% of bacteria, viruses and spores on exposed surfaces in a treated space. Altapure’s technology also remains green, leaving no adverse residue.  

    “Altapure is proud to have been selected by PBLLC to participate in its effort to provide a level of clean that will eliminate pathogens from medical and other common facilities,” Carl L. Ricciardi, one of the scientific founders and president of Altapure said. “With the end of the antibiotic era as declared by the CDC and with the continued rise of multi-drug resistant organisms, all reasonable efforts must to be implemented to provide a safe environment for patients and staff.” 

    See below for demonstrations and testimonials of Altapure technology:  

    PC-RED: Info and testimonial at Fire House 

    AP-4: Elmhurst Hospital Success Story  

    AP-4: Demonstration 

    Prairie Band Health Services provides national services and support to healthcare organizations, is a participant in the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Prairie Band, LLC; the economic development arm of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation located in Mayetta, Kansas. 

    For Sales and Product information, please contact: 

    Ronald Broadnax, Dir. Business Development Prairie Band, LLC 
    Phone: 703-895-2230 

    Carl Ricciardi, CEO Altapure, LLC 
    Phone: 920-284-8810 

  2. Prairie Band Health Services Wins $35 Million IHS Contract

    Prairie Band Health Services won a $35 million, 4-year contract with Indian Health Services (IHS) to provide medical physician services for the Blackfeet Community Hospital in Browning, Montana. Included in PBHS’s duties will be to provide staffing for the Outpatient Clinic, Critical Care, Emergency Room, Medical/Surgical (inpatient), Obstetric, Medical/Surgical (inpatient), Surgical (operating room), and Public Health. Among the positions that PBHS is responsible for filling are:

    • OB/GYN
    • Physician
    • Nurse Midwife
    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Practice Physician
    • Hospitalist Physician
    • ER Physician
    • ER Nurse Practitioner
    • Outpatient Mid‐Levels (Nurse Practitioner /Physician’s Assistant)

    The Blackfeet Community Hospital is a 10,000 square foot, 28-bed comprehensive healthcare facility, located in the western part of the 1.5 million-acre Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Browning is home to over 7,000 descendants of the Ampska Pikuni Nation and borders Glacier National Park.

    The hospital has outpatient dental and optometry services five days per week. The facility also has in-patient pharmacy capabilities, including an automated outpatient pharmacy department filling up to 1,200 prescriptions per day. In addition, there is a Women’s Health Center, providing pre and post-natal care and a 24/7 OB/GYN department. An OR department provides surgical services for outpatient and inpatient procedures with a full-time general surgeon and contracts with other sub-specialties. The hospital offers a full-time diabetic clinic, daily podiatry consultations, and an 8-bay emergency room. The urgent care/same day appointment clinic delivers emergent and urgent care for more than 131,000 patient encounters per annum.

    The hospital also operates a small health clinic 4 days per week, 30 miles south of Browning in the community of Heart Butte, which provides care to 5,000 patients per year. Services include a pharmacy and general clinic for the surrounding urban centers of Helena, Great Falls, and Butte.

    Prairie Band Health Services (PBHS) is an SBA Certified 8(a) SDB staffing company, specializing in healthcare. PBHS has the knowledge and capabilities to deliver a range of staffing services including recruiting, credentialing, and placement of clinical, technical, and administrative professional personnel. With a team of leading professionals and support staff, PBHS plans, implements, and manages staffing needs to ensure the highest standards of professional employment at a competitive value.


    Prairie Band, LLC Financial Controller Rockell Otero was recently recognized by the Jayhawk Area Council Boy Scouts of America as one of “Topeka’s Top 20 Under 40.” This award recognizes young leaders who are improving the future of Topeka.

    In addition to her role as Financial Controller for Prairie Band, LLC, Rockell Otero serves on Mill Creek‘s board as both secretary and CFO. Most of Rockell’s time is spent within the Contracting Division of Prairie Band, LLC. The Contracting Division focuses on project management, business development, and strategy planning.

    Outside of her work for Prairie Band, LLC, Rockell is very engaged in the Topeka community. She is treasurer for Junior League of Topeka, a member of Topeka United, a cluster coach for the Topeka Mosaic Partnership, and a graduate of Leadership Greater Topeka, Class of 2020. Rockell and her husband also coach recreational basketball for 5th grade boys. They are working to build a basketball program that offers opportunity to all athletes without barriers.

    Mill Creek is proud to have one of “Topeka’s Top 20 Under 40” leaders on our team. To get to know a little more about Rockell, read her answers to our get-to-know-you questions below.

    What do you love about your work?

    I love being a part of an organization that is filled with a driven workforce working towards our mission to maximize the unique sovereign status of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation to expand and diversify the economic portfolio of the Nation. With the ultimate goal of Tribal economic self-sufficiency, Prairie Band, LLC adheres to the following core principles: respect the past, capitalize on current opportunities, and contribute to a stable economic future for the Nation. It is an important mission that I take a lot of pride in working towards. The hard work we put in, the profits we generate, the jobs we create, the taxes generated, all of this and more continue to build a strong economic portfolio for the Nation.

    What do you do for fun?

    Anything I can enjoy with my family. We go in a lot of different directions so when we can all be together and enjoying something, I am most at peace. We explore trails and parks, attend community events like First Friday or Eats and Beats, and visit places like the Zoo and Discovery Center. At home we enjoy movie nights and cooking or baking together. We are all competitive and even though competition might end with someone crying or mad, we still love the challenge.

    What is your most used emoji?

    My most used emoji is the purple heart. Purple is my favorite color and I always add some love <3 to the end of my messages. Runner-ups are the eyeroll and annoyed face.