Category Archives: Health

GFES adopts new, more rigorous protocols to improve patient care

Great Falls Emergency Services recently rolled out new protocols aimed at providing better patient care. The ambulance company is regulated by the Board of Medical Examiners in the Montana Department of Labor and Industry and the state has protocols that everyone defaults to. Justin Grohs, GFES operations manager, said that the state protocols are generic, but put a lot of responsibility for

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CANtastic set for March 10-13 with eight teams competing

The 11th Annual D.A. Davidson/Scheels/Wal-Mart CANtastic Event will be held at the Holiday Village Shopping Mall, across from Maurice’s, March 10-13. CANtastic is an event during which civic teams, aided by local architects, build structures out of food (mostly cans). The structures are judged and displayed during the event. Food and proceeds will benefit the Great Falls Community Food Bank.

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County Commission to consider doctor contract, grant for bulletproof vests, rezoning for industrial property

The Cascade County Commission has a lengthy agenda for their Tuesday morning. Their meeting, like all commission meetings, is open to the public and begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Courthouse Annex, 325 2nd Ave. N., Room 111. Among the items being considered is an employment agreement with Dr. Christine Potterjones for family practice services at the Community Health Care Center.

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Great Falls Rising meeting features speaker on state, federal budgets

Great Falls Rising is meeting Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. and their speaker is Heather O’Loughlin of the Montana Budget and Policy Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization. The meeting is at Incarnation Episcopal Church, 600 3rd Ave. N., and the south side door will be open at 6 p.m. for people to come early to mix and mingle. O’Loughlin spoke to

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Facing shortage of paramedics, Great Falls Fire Rescue actively recruiting, training their own

When the city started running advanced life support calls out of Station 2 in 2000, Great Falls Fire Rescue had five paramedics. In 2001, 2002 and 2004, the department was able to train 22 firefighters as paramedics thanks to funding from the Carrico Foundation. The first class of eight firefighters in 2001 completed the paramedic program at what was then

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City of Great Falls retains legal firms for potential opioid litigation

City Commissioners voted 4-1 this week to retain a legal team to represent the city in potential litigation against pharmaceutical companies. The city has retained Simon, Greenstone, Panatier, Bartlett, P.C. and Montana litigation counsel team that includes Kovacich Snipes P.C. of Great Falls; Edwards, Frickle and Culver of Billings; Beck, Amsden and Stalpes PLCC of Bozeman; and Boone Karlberg P.C.

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