Providing Care to Eastern MT Athletes

Story written by SCL Health Communications intern Julissa Marie Talkington

Spring sports are underway and whether athletes are stepping foot on the court, track, field or mat, Eastern Montana athletes always give their best to represent their schools, families and communities. That’s why Holy Rosary Healthcare is pleased to have the opportunity to give them the best support and medical care available—and why the organization has spent March celebrating National Athletic Training Month.


Katie, Amy & Rob, HRH’s Athletic Trainers.

Rob Brugger, director of the Holy Rosary Healthcare Therapy team, started offering sports medicine assistance in 1999 when he saw a demand for it in the community. The program has continued to grow to include dedicated, licensed athletic trainers, Amy Tooke and Katie Patch of Miles City.

“I can’t stress enough how thankful I am to have two incredible women like Amy and Katie as part of our team,” he says. “We truly could not do this without them. Their hard work and focused mentality have helped us keep this program going strong.”

Amy wraps ,CCDHS athlete, Amanda Beard's ankle to prevent injury.

Amy wraps, CCDHS athlete, Amanda Beard’s ankle to prevent injury.

Along with attending athletic events, as part of relationships with Custer County District High School (CCDHS) and Miles Community College (MCC), Tooke and Patch provide free athletic training sessions to public school and collegiate athletes from Miles City and surrounding areas through HRH’s Training Room program. During the school year, the Training Room program allows student athlete’s access to HRH’s athletic trainers for injury prevention, evaluation and treatment recommendations at no charge on Tuesdays and Thursday 8-10 am.

Tooke, who has been a trainer in the community for 11 years, says giving athletes the support they need often means long hours, but her job is something she enjoys.

“Helping someone get better after they have an accident is incredibly rewarding,” she says. “You get to see athletes at their worst when they are not only physically strained, but emotionally strained as well. We become determined with them to get them back into their active lifestyle as quickly and as safely as possible.”

Katie check MCC Pioneer Baseball player, Chance Lujan, for an elbow injury.

Katie checks MCC Pioneer Baseball player, Chance Lujan, for an elbow injury.

Though newer to the athletic training team, Patch says her time with them has been an excellent experience thus far. “You hate seeing injuries but watching someone heal is incredibly fulfilling,” she says.

National Athletic Training Month is held in March to raise awareness about all that athletic trainers do. During this annual observance, athletic trainers are recognized for to injury prevention and for their dedication to helping those they serve stay healthy and active. For more information about the athletic training services available through Holy Rosary Healthcare, please visit or call 406-233-2719.

HRH Lab Refreshes Waiting Room

Have you seen the new artwork in the Lab Waiting Room? You will never guess who took the pictures? Our own HRH Lab Staff! A conversation regarding the number of amateur photographers in the lab lead to this great project. Each staff member or their close family members submitted the photos.hrhlab_2

Check out the pictures of the new photos displayed in the lab here or stop by!

Here is a list of what was submitted:

  • Taken by Jason the storm and the deer & storm over Miles City
  • Taken by Ed the moon
  • Taken by Coleen the squirrels and her son handmade the frames.
  • Taken by Barb A the river
  • Taken by Barb H eagles and the little kid
  • Taken by Mary L the rose
  • Taken by Kristi the coneflower
  • Taken by Ashlee’s husband the two sunset pictures
  • Taken by Leslie’s dad the winter scene

Meet Sam & Maggie

Story written by SCL Health Communications intern Julissa Marie Talkington

sammaggie3Have you seen a dog walking the halls of Holy Rosary Healthcare? Meet U.S. Army veteran Sam Schultz, HRH Patient Access Registration Specialist and his dog Maggie.

In 2011, Sam served with the 172nd in Germany and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 as an Infantryman which is the land based-based combat force sometimes referred to as the military’s backbone.  As with many veterans serving in a combat zone, Sam was diagnosed with PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, after returning to Fort Knox.  While in Kentucky, he made the decision to get a service dog to help with his anxiety and was able to adopt Maggie, a terrier/schnauzer mix. Maggie underwent three months of service training in Ohio and then Sam spent an additional three months training Maggie as his companion.

As a service dog, Maggie plays a very important role for Sam. She is trained to sense when Sam is feeling anxious in high-stress situations or overwhelmed in public places such as the mall or busy conferences. If Maggie senses stress, she will nuzzle and lick Sam to divert his attention from whatever situation is causing him discomfort.

Maggie has become a pro at her job in a variety of places and situations, and joins Sam at the HRH for his shifts. She loves the environment andsammaggie4 thinks it is very friendly; however, she will become a little anxious herself if she’s away from Sam and becomes worried she isn’t doing her job. Although she loves all of the smiles and attention she receives from guests and associates, it’s important to remember to ask before approaching or engaging with Maggie.

We are proud to have both Sam and Maggie as valuable members of our Holy Rosary Healthcare team!

Facebook Reunites Boy with Beloved Stuffed Animal 200 Miles Away

Woofee Visits HRH

Story written by SCL Health Communications intern Julissa Marie Talkington

Six-year-old Hunter Stevens was devastated to lose his beloved stuffed wolf, Woofee, and he cried as his grandmother’s search for the prized toy had gone cold. But thanks to a photo posted and widely shared on Facebook, the two were reunited after being more than 200 miles away.

Scroll through social media on virtually any day, and you’ll find a variety of posts being shared about something that has been lost or found. Oftentimes, the rightful owner is never found; fortunately, in the small town of Miles City, Montana a treasured lost object has finally been returned to the rightful owner after going through quite a journey.

Stevens had endured a more than 200 mile-long ride back from Miles City to his home in Plentywood when he made the startling realization that Woofee had been left behind. As panic set in Hunter cried, as he feared that Woofee would never come back home to him (and Woofee’s “brother,” Ruffie).

Woofee had disappeared while Hunter, along with his mother Tiffany and his grandmother Grace, had visited Holy Rosary Healthcare, where his brother Aksel had an appointment on January 12. Woofee had also accompanied Hunter along on other “adventures” to various Miles City businesses.

“It was hard seeing my grandson so heartbroken over his lost friend, and I tried to tell him to keep his faith up, that Woofee would get to come home,” said Grace McClymont. “After making phone calls to different businesses in Miles City, even I was worried he might not make it back.”

During the next few days, Hunter prayed his buddy would find his way home, but his hope was starting to fade.

Lexie Koester, HRH Patient Access associate, found Woofee.

Lexie Koester, HRH Patient Access associate, found Woofee.

That’s about the time Holy Rosary Healthcare associate Lexie Koester came across him near the clinic entrance. She posted a photo of Woofee on Facebook: “Attention mommies and daddies, this little guy was found in the clinic entrance of Holy Rosary. He looks pretty well loved, so I’m sure his owner is sad without him.”

The image was shared forty-seven times. One of those people was Jannette Federspiel, who works at a local retail store. She commented on Facebook that their store had received a call on a missing stuffed animal that matched Woofee’s description the previous day. Contact information was shared, and soon Hunter’s family was notified.

When Hunter found out his friend had been found he cried tears of joy and gave his thanks to God for answering his prayers.

That’s not the end of the story, however. Before leaving Holy Rosary Healthcare, the medical team treated Woofee to a few tests to make sure he was in tip-top condition before starting on the trek back to Plentywood.

They checked his bones, blood, weight, height, and blood pressure—then had him jump aboard a therapy treadmill for a jog to make sure he stayed in shape. Woofee was then returned to an ecstatic Hunter.

Woofee had a lot of fun at HRH but he made sure to stay in shape.

Woofee had a lot of fun at HRH but he made sure to stay in shape.

Grace, Hunter’s grandmother, has been amazed at how outstanding the community was to come together to return an item that may be without a value to some, but is priceless to a certain little boy. She believes the incident instills in Hunter’s mind that God is real through his answered prayer.

“It had to be the work of God that we all worked together to return a stuffed animal to its rightful owner,” she shared. “I can’t think of enough words to say thank you to all of you, it means a ton! I am so very grateful for everyone that helped out. It’s a good story and I hope others will see how much it meant, and the general love we should have for others around us.”

Woofee reunited with Hunter and his brother Ruffie on January 20.

Woofee reunited with Hunter and his brother Ruffie on January 20.

Woofee's arrival home was celebrated by family and other friends.

Woofee’s arrival home was celebrated by family and friends.

Woofee arrived back in Plentywood on January 20th.

To see Woofee’s Holy Rosary adventure that was shared with Hunter, click here.