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Health Matters: Homelessness is a community issue

Health Matters: Homelessness is a community issue

Much has been said and written lately about the challenges of homelessness in our community. Complaints from business owners, shoppers and other visitors to our downtown are growing along with increased demands on social service agencies, law enforcement, emergency responders and health care…

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City Council votes to help bring Popeyes to Billings

City Council votes to help bring Popeyes to Billings

Strong to the finish, Billings’ new Popeyes Louisiana Chicken restaurant gained approval Monday for about $71,000 in tax increment financing assistance.

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Health officials, emergency responders prepare in event of Ebola

Health officials, emergency responders prepare in event of Ebola

A person who may have Ebola has been identified and is being monitored in the community. Now what?

November 20, 2014 5:25 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Yellowstone County health system readies safeguards against Ebola

Guest opinion: Yellowstone County health system readies safeguards against Ebola

Our local public health staff and the medical community have put enormous effort into preparing for the potential threat of Ebola in Yellowstone County. While Ebola remains a significant public health concern, fear of Ebola needs to be put in perspective. As your county health officer, I wan…

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Billings hospitals, RiverStone Health begin regular screening for Ebola

Billings hospitals, RiverStone Health begin regular screening for Ebola

Billings Clinic, RiverStone Health and St. Vincent Healthcare have implemented new guidelines to prevent the spread of Ebola in the United States.

October 22, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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State, local health officials prepare for 'unlikely' Ebola outbreak

State, local health officials prepare for 'unlikely' Ebola outbreak

As a Dallas hospital works to contain the Ebola virus, the Billings medical community is preparing for the unlikely event it spreads to Montana.

October 15, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Poverty hinders Montanans' access to health care

Poverty hinders Montanans' access to health care

The number of Montanans experiencing poverty increased by more than 11,000 people last year when compared to 2012, which translates into thousands of residents having inadequate access to health care, according to public health officials.

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RiverStone Health Clinic marks 30 years of helping people

RiverStone Health Clinic marks 30 years of helping people

For 30 years, RiverStone Health Clinic has been a soldier in the War on Poverty.

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Summit attendees

Summit attendees

The Big Sky Business Healthcare Summit opens at the Crowne Plaza on Wednesday with at least 250 attendees from Montana and Wyoming.

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Susan DeVore

Susan DeVore

Susan DeVore, CEO of Premier Inc., was the keynote speaker at the Big Sky Business Health Care Summit at the Crowne Plaza on Wednesday.

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RiverStone Health joins elite group of public health departments in U.S.

RiverStone Health joins elite group of public health departments in U.S.

For the first time since its creation in 1974, Yellowstone County’s public health department has earned national accreditation, a status held by fewer than 50 public health departments in the nation.

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Report shows 27% of local adults are obese, 32% of kids live in single-parent households

Report shows 27% of local adults are obese, 32% of kids live in single-parent households

Yellowstone County is a less healthy place to live than it was last year, two years ago and even three years ago, according to the 2014 County Health Rankings, one of the most reputable rankings in the nation.

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Survey: Many Yellowstone County families find health insurance unattainable

Survey: Many Yellowstone County families find health insurance unattainable

Despite a federal law requiring all citizens to have health insurance by 2014, it remains out of reach for many Yellowstone County residents because of costs. And, that’s not only for the poor, but many other families as well, according to results of a Yellowstone County survey.

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Gazette opinion: Montana clinics strive to cover the uninsured

Leaders of the Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare, Montana Migrant Council and Planned Parenthood of Montana and RiverStone Health recently collaborated on a guest opinion that encouraged people check out the new federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Each organization has invested staff…

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Guest opinion: Enroll by Dec. 23 for health coverage starting Jan. 1

If you’re needing a little more time to sign up for health insurance, consider it an early holiday gift: a one-week extension. People now have until Dec. 23 to enroll in a health insurance plan for coverage that begins on New Year’s Day.

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Montana ranks 23rd-healthiest state in nation

Montana ranks 23rd-healthiest state in nation

Montanans aren’t as fat as they were a year ago. But don’t reach for that extra piece of fudge yet.

December 11, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Thousands of Yellowstone County residents left in 'gap' without health insurance

Thousands of Yellowstone County residents left in 'gap' without health insurance

Health insurance was a luxury that Doug Oltrogge, a self-employed contractor, sometimes had and sometimes didn’t.

December 01, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Operations cease at RiverStone Health's Horizon Hospice Home

Operations cease at RiverStone Health's Horizon Hospice Home

For the second time in 14 months, a residential hospice home has closed in Billings because of financial concerns.

November 05, 2013 8:25 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Congress must stop cutting programs that prevent disease

Over the past few years, there’s been a push in this country to use our health care dollars more wisely. One way to do that is to shift the focus of our health-care spending from treating disease to preventing it. We could save millions of dollars — and millions of lives, too.

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RiverStone Health Foundation 2013 board announced

RiverStone Health Foundation 2013 board announced

RiverStone Health Foundation has announced its board of directors for 2013. They are Bruce Parker (chair), senior vice president of First Interstate Bank; Steve Wahrlich (vice-chair), owner of Best Western ClockTower Inn; Mary Hernandez (treasurer), owner of Invisage Consulting, and Rob Hunt…

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