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By the time they were 8-year-olds, Ashley Voegele and Ashlyn Hardy had written their share of letters to Santa Claus, eagerly detailing their Christmas wishes. They thought all children did that.
Firearms continue to be the primary means of suicide in Montana, constituting 66 percent of the suicides, well above the national average of 51 percent, according to a newly released state report.
More veterans in need of mental health care because they were sexually assaulted or sexually harassed during their military service are now eligible for treatment, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday.
Two months ago, Pat Miller relied on four to six liters of oxygen per minute for survival and could barely pad across her one-bedroom apartment.
A program popular among Montana veterans that allows them to get medical care closer to home has been reauthorized by Congress through August 2016.
Billings has two veteran clinics that span a total of more than 95,000 square feet and are worth more than $14 million, but some men and women are still having a hard time getting an appointment.
The selection process for naming someone to lead Montana’s VA Health Care system is taking “far, far too long,” U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said in a recent interview with The Billings Gazette. “It is unacceptable.”
Having completed five tours of combat duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, Jonathan Karns, a member of the U.S. Army, bore witness to some of the bloodiest and deadliest assaults imaginable. None of it prepared him for the decision he and his pregnant wife would eventually make in the confi…
As shoppers hit those first holiday sales, organizers of the annual Toys for Tots campaign are encouraging shoppers to pick up an extra toy or book to give to a child who might not otherwise have a present under the tree.
Two original Billings theater productions have become the centerpiece of “Let’s Talk Billings,” a suicide prevention campaign that uses media and arts workshops to reach teenagers.
Flu season is settling in across Montana, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, travel and family gatherings.
LIVINGSTON — Construction on a new, two-story, $43.5 million critical-access hospital and clinic is progressing on schedule and set to open by fall 2015.
A person who may have Ebola has been identified and is being monitored in the community. Now what?
A lack of cooperation among some county coroners continues to hinder the Montana Suicide Review Team’s ability to examine the factors contributing to the state’s suicide rate, among the highest in the nation.
WORDEN — You’ve no doubt been counseled to get a flu shot and strongly advised to wash your hands and cover your mouth during influenza season, but chances are you’ve never been encouraged by a group of 10-year-olds.
In the past five years, Billings has experienced explosive growth in health care facilities and services for veterans. Now some veterans question whether they have grown so large that administrators at Fort Harrison cannot effectively manage them from 250 miles away.
The acting director of the Veterans Affairs Montana Health Care System said Thursday he doesn’t need results of a national audit before looking at ways to reduce the delays some veterans face while trying to see a physician.
An unfair labor practice complaint filed against Billings Clinic alleging the hospital bargained in bad faith has been settled with no admission of wrongdoing from the Clinic.
Yellowstone County residents who rely on health care services in their homes have a new Medicare-certified option — Senior Independence of Montana.
A month ago, Billings sixth-grader Zoey Not Afraid died after hanging herself in her mother's apartment.
For the seventh year, Montana’s preterm birth rate declined, giving more babies a healthy start — and earning the state a “B” grade on the 2013 March of Dimes Report Card.
Of the 8,268 people in the United States who donated their organs last year, more than 10 percent were children under age 17.
A trio of headline-grabbing viruses — Ebola, enterovirus and influenza — have the potential to create a perfect storm of confusion among those falling ill because fever is a symptom of all three.
A Glendive veteran says his confidential medical diagnosis, birth date, address and Social Security information were compromised when the VA Montana Health Care System mishandled his request for medical services.
As Montana’s suicide rate continues to inch upward, attention is turning to what some call a broken mental health system.
The Knights of Columbus will serve as ground zero for a Marine Corps birthday party.
Veterans will have an opportunity to ask questions of Johnny Ginnity, acting director of VA Montana Health Care System, during a town hall meeting on Nov. 13.
Billings Clinic, RiverStone Health and St. Vincent Healthcare have implemented new guidelines to prevent the spread of Ebola in the United States.
For Lonney White, it was a 1970s-era baseball injury that finally caught up with him and left him plopped on his backside in the midst of the Stillwater River.
Nurses across Montana, particularly those at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, are preparing for the possibility they will treat patients with Ebola and are turning to the Montana Nurses Association with concerns.
The man who helped raise more than $100 million to help build new facilities, expand services and improve programs at St. Vincent Healthcare has announced he is leaving as president and CEO of St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation.
HARDIN — The father of an 11-year-old sixth-grader who hanged herself after allegedly being bullied at Riverside Middle School wants a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.
HARDIN — After making the decision to remove their brain-dead daughter from life support at St. Vincent Healthcare, Zoey Not Afraid’s parents were faced with another decision: whether to donate her organs.
John Swart rolled into Billings on a bus from Butte on Monday and took up temporary residence at the Montana Rescue Mission. It was a pit stop on his way to find work in the Bakken oil fields.
Abortion rates in Montana are at their lowest level in nearly 40 years, at least by one measure.
There are now at least 10 laboratory confirmed cases of enterovirus-D68 in Montana involving children younger than 16, all of whom were hospitalized at some point, the Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday.
As a Dallas hospital works to contain the Ebola virus, the Billings medical community is preparing for the unlikely event it spreads to Montana.
A 15-year-old’s project to get unused and potentially deadly prescription drugs out of homes has received an endorsement from the state’s chief law enforcement officer — Attorney General Tim Fox.
As though on cue Sunday, the clouds dissipated, the rain halted and the sun shone high above Amend Park, creating a spectacular canvas for the Kite Fest.
Torrential rain and hail about 3:10 p.m. Sunday caused two separate accidents, both on Interstate 94 near mile marker 2, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.
Montanans who need expensive prescription drugs to treat multiple sclerosis, cancer, hepatitis and other critical illnesses could get some relief next year with a change in the way insurance companies cover prescription drugs. State Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen announced Friday that…
VA medical facilities on the Billings West End will soon become a one-stop destination for veterans.
With the new year, about 575 Billings Clinic direct-care nurses will receive an across-the-board 4 percent pay raise, followed by a 3.5 percent boost in 2016 and a 4 percent hike in 2017.
Roger Lee, a retired financial adviser, was making plans to enjoy the waning days of summer with a fly-fishing trip, along with his wife, Jacque, and friends.
The biggest threat to the health of Americans isn’t Ebola or the rare respiratory virus affecting children.
St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation’s 36th annual SAINTS Ball netted a record amount of $1,050,000 for St. Vincent Healthcare’s new Medical-Surgical Center of Excellence.
The state Office of Public Instruction has received $1.9 million for Mental Health First Aid training, a program designed to increase community awareness and public safety.
A 26-year-old Iraq war veteran is engaged in one of the potentially deadliest battles of his life.
For Carol Ormsbee, a resident of Camarillo, Calif., once was not nearly enough. Her first visit to Pictograph Cave State Park years ago only whet her visual and sensory appetites, leaving her hungry for a return trip.
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