Crisis training. Twenty-six people, including dispatchers, detention officers, police, game wardens and emergency medical responders from Billings and as far away as Malmstrom Air Force Base, Townsend and Ennis, completed a 35-hour course in Crisis Intervention Team training provided by the Community Crisis Center in Billings. The course teaches first responders to effectively de-escalate persons in mental health crisis without force. The training was funded through federal and Montana Mental Health Trust grants.
Rimrock restrooms. Toilets under construction in Swords Park are expected to be open as soon as weather permits the contractor to pour concrete handicap-accessible entrances, according to the Billings Parks Department. The project so far is under its $38,800 budget, which is funded by gifts from Yellowstone Rim Runners, BikeNet, St. Vincent Healthcare’s Heart & Sole Run, Billings Rotary Foundation, Billings Parks, Recreation and Preservation Foundation and a federal Recreational Trails grant.
Home for hearts. Billings Clinic opened a new, larger cardiac center to house all its heart care in one 22,500-square-foot clinic. The $4.3 million project received substantial contributions from two of the clinic’s first cardiologists: Dr. John R. Burg and Dr. Bill Ballard.
Cancer care. St. Vincent Healthcare Frontier Cancer Center will purchase a CyberKnife Radiosurgery System thanks to a $4.2 million donation from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth will contribute an additional $1 million. A sister hospital, St. James in Butte, received $3.6 million from the Helmsley Trust for cancer radiation treatment equipment.
Rural health. The Helmsley Trust also donated $4.6 million to improve emergency response to heart attacks in rural Montana. The American Heart Association Western States Affiliate is committed to raising an additional $2 million in cash and in-kind services for Mission: Lifeline. Objectives include placing mobile electrocardiogram equipment in every Montanan ambulance and training emergency medical personnel.