Benton [L] accompanied by Dr. William Oley, Medical Director at Beartooth, accepts the Excellence in Trauma award.

Chris Benton, RN and Trauma Coordinator for Beartooth Billings Clinic was awarded one of two Excellence in Trauma Awards September 22 by Alyssa Johnson, State of Montana Trauma System Manager, during the annual Rocky Mountain Rural Trauma Symposium in Billings. He was nominated by Dr. Jose Ortiz.

Benton has worked for Beartooth Billings Clinic since 1996 and was designated the Trauma Coordinator position in 2008 which he continues currently. His passion for trauma care helped Beartooth gain State Trauma Receiving Facility designation and prestigious listing as a Top 100 National Critical Access Hospital in 2019. His assistance in redesigning local trauma care processes kinetically aligns with his innovative injury prevention programs. In 2014 the Slide Safe and Dress Smart Program, cocreation with Anne Kosorok, won the National Ski Area Association award for helmet injury prevention. Other programs with Benton’s influence include Stop the Bleed, fall prevention, seatbelt use, and Red Lodge Mountain Ski Patrol case review programs.

“Congratulations to Chris for his recent recognition for Excellence in Trauma – it is with dedicated effort and time invested that he has won this accolade for his contributions to the Trauma program at Beartooth Billings Clinic”, states Bridgett Chartier, Chief Nursing Officer at Beartooth.

Every Beartooth Ball has a beneficiary, and this year’s cause is as timely as it is relevant to the population Beartooth Billings Clinic serves: the expansion of its outpatient infusion services.

CONGRATS Bob and Beartooth’s beloved Mary .. well-deserved recognitions:

Colonel Bob Larson, retired, a major figure in Operation Second Chance, an organization designed to honor and help heal our wounded veterans, was awarded a Montana Governor’s Veteran Commendation award by Governor Greg Gianforte who traveled to Red Lodge to make the presentation.“It’s my honor to recognize you with the 2022 Montana Governor’s Veteran Commendation,” said Gianforte. The ceremony was held in a packed room at Beartooth Elks Lodge #534 on Friday,Aug.11.

Earlier in the day Mary Orler was greeted by Governor Greg Gianforte and First Lady Susan Gianforte who awarded her with the Spirit of Montana Commendation and a flag that flew over the state capital in her honor.This award recognizes Montanans for their accomplishments,dedication,and service to our communities.Orler has dedicated 50 years of nursing service to the communities and over 46 years to Beartooth Billings Clinic,Red Lodge.

Meghan (Foote) Windmueller

Meghan (Foote) Windmueller has accepted the position of Director of the Beartooth Childrens Center, Red Lodge, and is already jumped into action to provide the best possible childcare for our area families.

The 2nd floor rehab center at the Beartooth Billings Clinic (BBC) in Red Lodge and the Joliet Physical Therapy Clinic both have a spring in their steps as a result of being the recipients of last year’s Beartooth Ball that raised $165,000 for the departments.


June is Men’s Health Month

Take charge of your health.

Did you know the average male life expectancy is five years less than females? Or that depression affects more than six million men each year and often goes undiagnosed?

Men’s Health Month is an excellent time to be aware of the many unique health concerns men face. Whether it’s remembering to get your annual checkup or visiting a counselor for the first time, don’t forget to take care of your wellbeing this June and always.

SupportLinc offers a variety of resources, including in-the moment phone support 24/7/365, coaching, counseling, online courses, videos and tip sheets. Visit your program’s web portal or mobile app to get started.

Beartooth Billings Clinic Foundation announced the 2023 Dr. James and Juanita Kane Scholarship winners to Beartooth Billings Clinic staff members at their recent board meeting.

The scholarship, presented annually by the Beartooth Billings Clinic Foundation, is made possible by the Kane family and other generous donors as a legacy to Dr. Kane, a general practice physician who served the Carbon County area faithfully for over 50 years.  Created in 2008, the scholarship fund assists with continuing education expenses of qualifying staff members who seek to improve and apply their skills in Carbon County.

2023 Dr. James and Juanita Kane Scholarship staff recipients are Maree Baldwin, HIM Specialist II; Erika Cox, Patient Access Specialist; Ali Fischer, CNA; and Sandy Moe, Registered Dietitian. Each was awarded $2000.

Beartooth Billings Clinic Foundation is honored to continue Dr. & Mrs. Kane’s legacy of supporting higher education in rural healthcare. Investing in our staff and their dedication to personal growth in the realm of rural healthcare is one of the most meaningful ways to show our appreciation for their perseverance.

Since its inception, the Kane Scholarship has awarded over $113,000 to Carbon County, Montana students.


The Summit April/May 2023

Click below to view The Summit for April/May 2023.

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. 

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