Many Montana rural communities lack access to quality healthcare. Doctors in the Montana Family Medicine Residency are specifically trained to care for rural and underserved patients. The residency selects doctors who already possess a drive for community involvement and a desire to help in those under-served communities. With those qualities in place, physicians at RiverStone Health and both local hospitals teach those residents the skills they need to be successful doctors.
Having healthcare providers at school helps make sure children get preventive care along with treatment for sore throats and other ailments. The RiverStone Health Clinic based at Orchard School also serves students, families and staff at four other nearby schools.
When families are in crisis, routine healthcare can fall by the wayside. If children enter foster care, KidsFirst at RiverStone Health partners with Child and Family Services to quickly make sure children in foster care get the medical and dental care they need.
Income disparity is a major factor in the community’s health and the county’s top health issues according to the newly release Community Health Needs Assessment. Low-income residents are more likely to have poorer health or higher health risks, the report says.
Our Director of Population Health Services has helped introduce PAX, a behavioral game, into Billings elementary schools. Evidence indicates the game teaches lessons that provide life-long benefits.
On the longest night of the year and the first day of winter, Healthcare for the Homeless organized the annual candlelight vigil to observe Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. John Felton, RiverStone Health’s President & CEO, urged the community to remember just how long winter nights are for those living on the streets.
Doctors in our Montana Family Medicine Residency are getting specialized training to help increase their skills and empathy for patients who may have to cope with multiple infirmities as they age.
With holiday travel, family celebrations and other large gatherings, residents should take the first confirmed case of influenza in the county as a warning to get their annual flu shot. Anyone over the age of six months can get the vaccine each year.
We’ve made it easy for the public to look at the results of restaurant inspections on our website. The inspections are simply “snapshots” of the day and time of the inspection, but the goal is to improve food safety and recognize restaurants with good food safety practices.
“What we need as humans is to spend our last days…living in as high a quality as possible, to spend our last days in dignity, in comfort and in peace,” said Richard Opper, director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, at the fifth anniversary of the RiverStone Health Hospice Home.