Category Archives: Health

Memorial, reception and celebration of life planned for firefighter Jason Baker

A memorial service for firefighter Jason Baker is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Mansfield Theater at the Great Falls Civic Center. Baker was a firefighter with Great Falls Fire Rescue for 17.5 years before cancer forced his retirement. He was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in October 2016 and retired from GFFR in 2017. He continued

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County, Alluvion partnering for health officer services temporarily

Alluvion Health was previously the Community Health Care Center and formally split from the county effective Dec. 31, 2018. But, the agencies are still intertwined and a number of county employees are moving to Alluvion. One of those employees is Tanya Houston, who has been the county health officer and director of the Cascade County City-County Health Department. Sale of

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Sale of Rocky Mountain Building finalized, Alluvion Health preparing for construction

Alluvion Health, formerly the Community Health Care Center, now officially owns the Rocky Mountain Building at the corner of Central Avenue and 6th Street. The sale closed on Feb. 4 and Alluvion is moving forward with plans for construction and expanded health case services that are available to the public. Downtown Dice expanding; The Block opening soon; CHCC rebrands as

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City considering employment agreement for paramedics after city-funded training

A partnership between Great Falls Fire Rescue and Great Falls College-MSU has created a training program to meet GFFR’s desire for more paramedics. Eight city firefighters were selected for the program, which started Jan. 2 and the city is paying the $10,000 per student for the training program. City, college work to fill need for paramedics There was more internal

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Elevated levels of haloacetic acids again detected in city water; plant upgrades expected to reduce the levels

The Great Falls drinking water supply has again exceeded the maximum contaminant level for haloacetic acids. The elevated levels were detected again in the fourth quarter of 2018, which was October through December. The elevated levels of haloacetic acids, or HAA5, were also detected in the second and third quarters of 2018. Elevated levels of haloacetic acids detected in city

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Flu cases up in Cascade County, health department offers flu shot clinics

The Cascade City-County Health Department has seen an increase of reported influenza cases in Cascade County. Surveillance efforts are finding that a number of these influenza cases are presenting without a fever and are showing more cold-like symptoms. CCHD is reminding residents about the continued risk of influenza in our community and how people can protect themselves from this contagious

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Community health survey process underway

Every three years, the county develops a Community Health Needs survey and sends it throughout the county. The process is starting again this week with a “Healthy Lives, Vibrant Futures” Community Health Symposium at 3 p.m. Jan. 17 in Heritage Hall at Great Falls College-MSU. Feedback and discussion from the even will be used by the newly formed coalition in

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Downtown Dice expanding; The Block opening soon; CHCC rebrands as Alluvion

The owners of Downtown Dice and Games had considered buying Amazing Toys before it went out of business but are instead expanding their own business into the space next door and adding a specialty toy shop. Nicole Wiegand said Friday that they’re hoping to open the new space this spring. The expansion will also come with rebranding and a new

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Health center now split from county, but retains access to health insurance for now

Cascade County Commissioners approved a sub-entity agreement on Monday to allow employees at the Community Health Care Center to participate in the county’s health care plan after the Jan. 1 split. The CHCC is now a stand alone agency in Cascade County, though employees and funding are still transferring over to the new organization. Rocky Mountain Building will be the

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