Muth Receives Beartooth Billings Clinic Karas Service Award 2023

Muth Receives Beartooth Billings Clinic Karas Service Award 2023

Steve Muth’s commitment to Beartooth Billings Clinic over the past 21 years was recognized with the Karas Service Award at the Governing Board’s annual meeting December 5. With his assurance for governing entities’ best practices, Steve has seen Beartooth through an aggressive community capital campaign, devoted his expertise as an integral part of negotiating our management services agreement with Billings Clinic, and stayed throughout the process of building the new state-of-health facility. He reliably sat through countless “other business” huddles that have come before the Governing Board during his tenure. He can be tenacious in his desire to obtain answers to tough questions, but also knows when compromise is in the best interest of Beartooth. Making sure Beartooth Billings Clinic delivers the highest quality healthcare to our community is always at the top of Steve’s list.

Steve and his wife of 45 years, Deborah, moved from Minnesota to Red Lodge in the late 90s to continue his law practice. Red Lodge offers immediate access to Steve’s side pursuits of skiing, fly fishing, and playing bridge. Red Lodge also fulfilled a wish to be near a major airport and strong, community-based healthcare.

In addition to Beartooth, Steve has devoted countless hours to his community, serving on the DSVS, Red Lodge Area Community Foundation Board, Carbon County Planning Board, and Northern Plains Resource Council. He presided as City Judge for 7 years and has been an Inquiry Club Member for over 20 years.

“Steve’s commitment of time, treasure, and talent to Beartooth Billings Clinic is exactly what Dr. Karas’s family envisioned,” claims Linda Harris, Beartooth Chief Financial Officer, and former Governing Board co-trustee. “I feel very lucky to have been a part of Steve’s journey with Beartooth … he has been a good friend.”

“There is no doubt Beartooth Billings Clinic would not look the same if it weren’t for Steve’s involvement and commitment over the years. It has been an honor to work with him during my first two years here. The support he and his wife provide to BBC, the community, and myself are really unique,”

says Abby Lotz, CEO

The Karas Award is named in honor of Dr. Benjamin Karas, a long-time Red Lodge physician who displayed his dedication through years of practice and service to the Red Lodge community and surrounding areas. It is the spirit of giving one’s time, energy, and talents that the Karas Award seeks to honor. The Motto of the award is as follows: Service is an attitude that is the lifeblood of any organization. Everything flows from it and is nourished by it.