The following was published in the September 19, 2019 edition of the Madisonian. Ruby Valley Medical Center is very grateful to Becky DeBoer for sharing her healthcare story and her appreciation of Paula Christensen.
For many of us, Montana is a magical place filled with natural beauty, enchanting wildlife and caring communities. With all the charm of our idyllic environment, we may not be aware of the ominous undercurrent of emotional suffering afflicting a casual acquaintance, close friend or even our children. Montana’s high suicide rate may be just another impersonal national statistic to many; but for some of our neighbors, it is a reflection of the darkness of depression that is en
In early 2019, the Ruby Valley Medical Center participated in the Community Health Services Development Project administered by the Montana Office of Rural Health. The Community Health Services Development (CHSD) project is a community health needs assessment process that helps Montana Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) engage members of their rural community to identify and measure the community’s health needs, recognize potential gaps in healthcare services, and develop spec
Hunting comes with a number of health risks. For example, on average, there are 6000 injuries related to falling from tree stands every year. Other risks include fire, drowning, exposure, wildlife attacks, motor vehicle accidents, firearm accidents and hearing loss. However, heart attacks are the #1 cause of fatalities during hunting season. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk that your hunting season will include heart attack. Step 1: Get a chec