St. Vincent Healthcare

On Monday, Montana reported a total of 919 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 56 new cases since Sunday. That’s the biggest one-day spike since the pandemic started in March.

This spike has prompted some hospitals to tighten visitor guidelines.

Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital exterior.
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Hospitals in Montana have started performing elective procedures that had been postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Hospitals are reopening in phases with additional screenings in place.

Missoula City Council President Bryan Von Lossberg; Adriane Beck, director, Office of Emergency Management; Cindy Farr, supervisor Missoula Health Department infectious disease office; Ellen Leahy, director Missoula City-County Health Dept; March 3, 2020.
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There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montana, but experts expect that will change. If and when it does, Missoula County health officials say they’re ready.

The Missoula City-County Health Department is preparing for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the same way communities prepare for wildfire or flood emergencies.

CEO Julie Hauk at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Montana
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A medical center dedicated exclusively to injury rehabilitation opened in Billings this week. They say their facility is unique in the state.

A young girl aims a fire extinguisher at a controlled flame.
Donna Healy / RiverStone Health


Twenty-six high school juniors and seniors have been in Billings this week to get an up-close look at health care careers. It’s one of five MedStart Summer Camps held around the state to develop the next generation of health care providers.

Riverstone Health

Montana doesn't have enough doctors. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services reports that all but one of the state’s counties are underserved by health care professionals.

The state is working to fill the void.

New Program Reaches Out To Drug Addicted Pregnant Women

May 30, 2018
Jackie Yamanaka

The Northern Cheyenne tribe and St. Vincent Healthcare are partners in a new program that changes the way pregnant women, suffering from addiction, are treated.  Instead of being greeted with blame and punishment these women are being met with support services.

Jackie Yamanaka

Saint Vincent Healthcare in Billings joins Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls in employing a health disparities coordinator.

Kassie Runsabove, in conversation with Jackie Yamanaka, talks about her work as a cultural liaison for Montana’s largest minority population – Native Americans.

New Rehab Hospital To Open In Billings

Jun 29, 2017
Jackie Yamanaka

Patients who are recovering from ailments like a stroke, spinal cord injury, or traumatic brain injury will soon be able to continue their rehabilitation care closer to home.  Three health care entities announced yesterday they’re partnering to build and operate a rehabilitation hospital in Billings.

Innovation in Healthcare as an Economic Driver

Oct 13, 2016
Jackie Yamanaka

Driving the Billings economy through innovation in healthcare is the topic of a two-day summit sponsored by Big Sky Economic Development.

Governor Steve Bullock says Billings poised to address the challenges facing the entire state. 

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