National Donate Life Month an annual campaign that recognizes and celebrates those who have received transplants, recognize those who continue to wait, honor donors and donor families, and thank registered donors for giving hope. Inspired by the natural world of a pond coming to life in the spring, this year’s DLM theme is Make a Splash!
There are also more than 12.7 million people worldwide living with treatable blindness. SightLife can restore their sight, but we need your help. You can help by registering your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor at www.RegisterMe.org.
SightLife Family Services will be hosting a “Stories of Transformation” webinar on Thursday, April 21 at 5pm PT/8pm ET. The webinar will feature three cornea transplant recipients who will share their stories of sight restoration. We hope you can join to be reminded of the incredible impact of our work. Register today!
Abby Lotz, Chief Executive Officer, described the opening of the new state of the art 3D mammography service at the Clinic as an example “of what can be done when you partner with your community and have that giving.”
The 3D mammography unit is “fully funded from earnings from our endowment which was the purpose of why we started that effort so many years ago,” added Lotz.
“It has been a long time coming, and I’m so excited. It is amazing technology and provides a special service to our women here and in the surrounding communities,” said Dulcie Trager, Radiology Technologist.
“It is like a mini CT for the screening and the best for locating dense breasted tissue on women. This 3D technology will bring it out so there will be fewer call backs as you’ll know more and find more immediately,” said Trager. The 3D unit can be used on men as well.
RED LODGE – Growing up in Missoula is the beginning to Dr. Gregory D. (Greg) Burfeind’s story of finding Red Lodge and Beartooth Billings Clinic. At The University of Montana – and a robust Griz fan for life – Burfeind studied sociology and found a passion for medicine in a Wilderness EMT class. He sustained his undergraduate years working in the athletic equipment room at U of M and at a summer church camp on Flathead Lake, where he worked with and eventually would marry his wife, Kelly. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he was a school bus driver and worked in Glacier National Park. “What drew me to medicine is I wanted to do something where I could tangibly help people,” said Burfeind. “Two days after getting married at the camp on Flathead Lake, I was starting medical school in Denver.” Life hasn’t slowed down since. He graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and moved on to residency at McKay – Dee Hospital in Ogden, UT.
Burfeind recalls visiting Red Lodge and the Beartooth Mountains with Kelly for the first time ten years prior to joining Beartooth Billings Clinic. At the time he commented, “this would be a great place to live … back to Montana, in a small town, practicing family medicine.” Dr. Burfeind later joined Beartooth Billings Clinic, a Critical Access Hospital, in 2016 and is now one of the nine rural healthcare providers at Beartooth living, working, and raising his young family in Red Lodge. His family enjoys hiking, skiing, camping, and getting his children involved in activities such as ice skating and horseback riding.
His practice at Beartooth keeps him involved in every facet of family medicine with self-identified strong points in sports medicine, geriatrics, and pediatrics. Giving him variety, Burfeind’s time is split practicing family and primary care in the clinic with shifts covering the emergency department and hospital. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Beartooth Billings Clinic Hospice Medical Director, and is key part of Beartooth’s antibiotic stewardship program to improve how antibiotics are prescribed for and used by patients to advance patient safety and improve outcomes. Accepting new patients, please call Beartooth Billings Clinic for an appointment at 406-446-2345.
Beartooth Billings Clinic Foundation Annual Fundraiser
Please join us in celebrating the 26th Annual Beartooth Ball, our main annual fundraising event at Fox Fields, 52 Fox Road, Red Lodge. We think this year will be found refreshing to attend at the new venue along with an exceptional menu prepared by local talents. Silent and Live Auctions, dancing and FUN! Check back for more information!