Mountainview Medical Center in White Sulphur Springs has received a donation of $1,863,000 from the Jack and Louise Galt Charitable Remainder Unitrust.
The hospital is purchasing a new 16-slice computerized axial tomography (CAT) scanner and making the required significant structural and electrical improvements for its installation, which is expected in the fall of 2014.
The project, entirely funded by the unexpected Galt donation, will allow lifesaving diagnoses to be made much more quickly. “The scanner will mean convenience, savings and safety for Meagher County patients,” CEO Aaron Rogers said.
The CAT scanner will be operated by existing radiology staff at MMC.
Rogers said the medical center will rename its radiology department after Jack and Louise Galt.
“The Galt Family has been extremely generous to Mountainview Medical Center, as they have been with other charitable causes in Meagher County,” Rogers said. “I wish we could thank Jack and Louise personally, but in lieu of that we offer our heartfelt thanks to the entire Galt family.”
Louise Replogle Rankin Galt, a prominent attorney, ranch owner and political figure in Montana for many years, died last November at the age of 90.
She received her law degree from what is now the University of Montana in 1946, and that same year, became Fergus County Attorney. She married Wellington Rankin, the largest private landowner in the country if not the world, and upon his death became the owner of many ranches across Montana. She later married Jack Galt, a ranch manager and cattle buyer.
Jack and Louise Galt were very active in the Republican Party in Montana and nationally. Louise served as Ronald Reagan’s Montana chairwoman. She remained active in the Montana GOP for many years.
Jack Galt was decorated for his service as a medic in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division in World War II, seeing action in the Battle of the Bulge, Bastogne and Holland. He graduated from Montana State College, now Montana State University, after the war. Jack served in the Montana House of Representatives in 1973 and 1974, and in the State Senate from 1975 to 1989, providing stalwart leadership on agriculture, water and land issues, and was president of the Senate in 1989. He was also a GOP national committeeman and served on the executive board of the state Republican Party. He died in 2007.
“Jack and Louise understood how important MMC is to our region, because they used it,” said Bill Galt, son of Jack Galt and chairman of Mountainview’s Board of Directors. “The family is pleased that their gift will assure a better future for such a vital health asset here in Meagher County.”
In addition to the scanner, Rogers said, the gift will put Mountainview Medical Center on an even more stable financial footing, as more than $1 million will be invested for the facility’s long-term security.