St. James Healthcare Named as 2017 Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital

St. James Healthcare was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

“This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best health care possible to our community, while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,” said St. James Healthcare Interim President Jay Doyle. “We are very proud to receive this honor and recognition.”

St. James Healthcare scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers. The list of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at

The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures them across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspectives, and Financial Stability.

In addition to St. James Healthcare, SCL Health Montana is proud to announce St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings and Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City have also been recognized as “Top 100” hospitals. St. Vincent Healthcare was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson HealthTM business, a leading provider of information and solutions that support healthcare cost and quality improvement. Holy Rosary Healthcare was named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

We’re Off to the Races – Spirit 2017 Gala

Put on your big hats and bowties for a fun-filled evening at the St. James Healthcare Foundation’s Spirit 17 Kentucky Derby Gala.  March 25, 2017 is the day to mark and the place is the Montana Tech HPER Complex. Sip on a mint julep, dive into the southern faire and saddle up for Butte’s most exciting live and silent auction! The focus of this year’s event will be upon the “heart” of our hospital, our St. James Heart Center.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 406-782-5670. We also are selling raffle tickets ($100 each) for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Churchill Downs for the 2017 Kentucky Derby!  The package includes:

  • 2 first floor clubhouse tickets to the Kentucky Derby
  • 3 nights’ stay at the Hyatt Place Louisville East (Thurs – Sat)
  • Transportation to and from the event and your hotel
  • $500 travel voucher!

Only 200 tickets will be sold and proceeds will benefit our St. James Heart Center. The winner will be drawn at the Gala on March 25, 2017. To purchase your raffle ticket, call 782-5670.

Drug Take-Back Program

The St. James Healthcare Inpatient Pharmacy has been awarded a grant to provide drug take-back services for the community. Prior to that, the Butte Police Department was the only DEA-approved location for medication disposal offered in Butte. Drugs play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases and when they are no longer needed, it is important to dispose of them properly to help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse. Having an additional location in Butte provides better access for the community.

The Montana Pharmacy Safe Medication Disposal Initiative awarded up to ten grants of $2,000 each to selected pharmacy applicants. The initiative was designed to increase prescription drug take-back locations at pharmacies throughout the state, and St. James Healthcare is proud to be one of them,” said Mike Douthitt, St. James’ Director of Pharmacy. “At St. James Healthcare, the safety of our patients is always our top priority, and this is a great service for our patients and our community.  Our first collection box is full and ready to be shipped to the disposal company,” he said.

The MedSafe disposal container (see attached photo) is securely locked and stored just outside the 24-hour inpatient pharmacy and close to the main entrance to St. James Healthcare for convenience. “We frequently had people call or come to the pharmacy to dispose of their unused or expired medications,” said Angie Goodell, Pharmacist at St. James Healthcare. “We weren’t able to assist them but now we can.”

Fall Ball: Superheros

Get your tickets today for Fall Ball 16: Superheroes hosted by your St. James Healthcare Foundation!

This event will be held on November 5th from 8 pm to 12 am at the Front Street Station.

Tickets are $25 each or $30 at the door. You can call Kacie at 723-2828 to purchase your tickets today OR to buy your tickets online, you can click here:

Proceeds from this event will benefit the FitKids360 program which is a 7-week, free, healthy lifestyle program for children ages 5 to 17 and their parents or support partners. This program combines basic education about nutrition, behavior and exercise with a wide range of physical activities to help participants develop healthy habits, eat better and become more active.


Quilts for Our Little Patients

When Amber Jones-Henson came to the St. James Foundation and told us they needed cozy quilts to give to children who came to the Emergency Department for treatment, we knew exactly who to turn to — the Gloria Dei Lutheran Quilters Group! The staff in the Emergency Department were thrilled to receive such beautiful quilts and so are our little patients!


Girl Scouts Bring Cookies for Cancer Patients

Dr. Shawna Yates’ Girl Scout Troop No. 3816, in Butte, donated many boxes of their Girl Scout cookies to patients at the St. James Cancer Center.  During their visit, they had an opportunity to tour the beautifully renovated center, have their blood pressure checked and learn about careers in healthcare from Dr. Marwan Massouh and a great staff!

Pinwheel Pledge

NewsOn August 17, 150 people attended the St. James Healthcare Foundation’s Pinwheel Pledge Dedication Ceremony. The pinwheels represent donations to honor a loved one who had or has cancer. The money raised will be used to help cancer patients in Butte and surrounding areas.  The pinwheels will be on display until Sunday, August 21.

Where We’re Headed: An Update on Growth in Our Montana Region

Tajquah Hudson, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer

SCL Health’s Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, Tajquah Hudson, SVP, recently shared an update on growth in the Montana region to SCL Health associates.

So what was the scoop? St. Vincent and Holy Rosary have a combined market share of 43%, serving more patients than any other organization in the region, and St. James is the sole hospital provider in Silver Bow County, serving nearly 85% of PSA inpatients.

St. Vincent’s Frontier Cancer Center acquisition continues to exceed targets. “They acquired Frontier Cancer Center some time ago,” said Hudson. “It’s a major oncology provider, and it’s continuing to grow across the state.”

She pointed out that SCL Health is working to integrate its successful telehealth network across the state, with a special focus on emergency and oncology care.

HRH_6271_rev“Montana has had a very strong telehealth network for a long time,” she said. “It’s a very rural state, so people (have to) drive a long way for care. That’s why it’s important for us to provide access to these services.”

Additionally, SCL Health is assessing opportunities in home health and post-acute care services and partnerships with rural health providers.

Click here to see Hudson’s update on growth in our Colorado markets.

Prepared for Disasters

Disaster Training

Being prepared for any and all community emergencies or disasters is an essential function at St. James Healthcare. Recently, staff members, who also serve on the St. James Emergency Preparedness Team, attended a week-long dynamic, “All-Hazards” disaster training program offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama.

John Moore, Jennifer Phillips, Amber Henson, Todd Utz, Kristin Chiamulera, and Tonya Grim along with Karen Maloughney from the Butte Silver Bow Health Department, one of St. James’ community partners, spent the week attending classes on emergency medical operations for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents and mass casualty incidents.

Operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the training culminated in an intense exercise that included incidents replicating everything from a mass bombing to an Ebola patient situation. The training contained real actors to make the experience more realistic.

Incident Commander Jennifer Phillips said, “At St. James Healthcare, we conduct a hazards vulnerability analysis annually and based on the analysis, we conduct training with our community partners to be better prepared for any disaster that could potentially affect our area. Attending this training session gave us the opportunity to use and enhance the experience we gained through our annual community exercises.”

Members of the St. James Healthcare Incident Command Team were able to implement what they had learned throughout the week and work with the latest technologies to blend seamlessly with emergency personnel to include police, firefighters, and responders on the ground.