Category Archives: Health

GFES now an authorized American Heart Association Training Site for basic life support courses

Great Falls Emergency Services recently became an authorized American Heart Association Training Site, allowing GFES to provide basic life support courses in the community. BLS includes training in performing CPR and using an Automatic External Defibrillator. Bystander CPR and use of an AED before paramedic ambulance arrival has been shown to dramatically improve survival rates in cardiac arrest victims, according

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Great Falls discusses opioid litigation; suits filed in federal court on behalf of Cascade, Gallatin counties

First responders and the city’s judge asked City Commissioners to consider pursuing litigation against opioid manufacturers, if for no other reason than to make a statement. Great Falls Police Chief Dave Bowen said “I’m a guy about principles.” Bowen was more animated and emotional than he usually is in city meetings while discussing the impact of opioids. He said it’s

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Here’s what’s happening at tonight’s City Commission meeting

Tonight’s City Commission has some major agenda items. Here’s a list of links to our previous stories on tonight’s agenda. Fox Farm easement set for commission decision on Dec. 5 Golf fee increases on Dec. 5 agenda; golf board looks at revenue ideas, changes to tournaments City to conduct survey of water and sewer rates, services 124-unit Rockcress Commons set

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Hotel for Great Falls Clinic to be considered during Dec. 5 commission meeting

The land use actions required for the proposed 12-room hotel at Great Falls Clinic will be considered during the Dec. 5 City Commission meeting. The requested action during Tuesday’s meeting is to rezone property near the clinic from PLI Public Lands and Institutional to M-1 Mixed-Use District and a Conditional Use Permit to allow a health care facility in the

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Montana AG files suit against opioid manufacturer

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced Dec. 4 that his office filed a consumer protection lawsuit in Montana District Court against Purdue Pharma LLC for ongoing deceptive marketing practices involving its prescription opioids, including OxyContin. “Pharmaceutical companies that knowingly and deceptively harm consumers must be held accountable,” Fox said. “As our investigation revealed and our complaint alleges, for years, Purdue knew

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Draft plans for former smeleter site include trails, mountain bike area, archery, folf and more

Draft plans for the future of the former ACM Smelter and Refinery site, as well as Black Eagle Park are now available. Joshua Vincent with Water & Environmental Technologies and Kurtis Grow with Land Design, Inc., presented the draft plans and answered questions during a public meeting Tuesday night. Maps were handed out to those who attended so that they

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Legislators agree state cuts to DPHHS would devastate health services; disagree on budget fix

By Martin Kidston | Missoula Current Two western Montana legislators and a panel of hospital executives on Friday took a deep dive into the state’s budget crisis and its potential impacts on critical access care, with both policymakers agreeing that cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services are not feasible. However, Sen. Diane Sands, D-Missoula, and Rep. Ron

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