Montana Governor signs STEMI Registry bill

Breaking news out of Montana – Governor Steve Bullock has signed the state’s STEMI Registry Bill! A STEMI carries a substantial risk of death and disability and calls for a quick response on many fronts. It can be quickly recognized using a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). In 2014, The Helmsley Charitable Trust gave the American Heart Association a $4.6 [...]

Montana STEMI Conference and Resuscitation Academy

Mission:Lifeline Montana partnered with Cardiac Ready Communities to host the third Annual Montana STEMI Conference and Resuscitation Academy. Over the course of two days, more than 330 health care providers came together to learn the latest guidelines and science and share best practices on providing the best care for acute heart attack and cardiac arrest patients. Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney [...]

Wear Red Day in the WSA

I was in awe of the beautiful pictures that came across my email this week. Enjoy this special pictorial edition of The WSA Why Bulletin, and thank you all for everything you did to make Wear Red Day an astounding success!

Infant CPR Anytime Kits for high-risk babies in Montana

Fantastic news out of Montana! We recently delivered (via helicopter!) the first of 400 Infant CPR Anytime® kits from Reach Air Medical Services to Bozeman Deaconess Health in Bozeman, Montana. The hospital will be distributing the kits to families with high-risk infants. Check out the great story featured in Bozeman Health News... Our Infant CPR Anytime personal learning program makes [...]

2nd Annual Mission: Lifeline STEMI Conference

Over 300 Physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and EMS professionals met in Bozeman, Mont., to learn, share best practices, and plan for sustainability of the Montana STEMI System of Care. We have recently made some BIG strides in the fight against heart disease in the state. During the conference, the American Heart Association shared that two years into a [...]

A policy victory for Montanans

A great victory for Montana this week as Governor Steve Bullock signed the Medicaid expansion bill, extending healthcare coverage to an estimated 70,000 state residents who currently don’t have access. Because of this accomplishment, individuals that were (currently) not eligible for Medicaid, but who also didn’t qualify for a tax credit, now have help to get the coverage they need. [...]

Mission: Lifeline – Montana receives $400,000 Grant

Big news out of Montana! Our Mission: Lifeline Montana initiative that was launched a year ago, recently received $400,000 from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust! The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust gave more than $4.6 million to fund Mission: Lifeline in Montana. Along with this gift came a fundraising challenge of $833,000. This generous grant goes a long [...]

Team Dawson inspires in Montana

  It’s the time of year that inspiring stories are front and center at Heart Walks across the affiliate. We just heard about Team Dawson from Livingston, MT. It includes 29 family members who traveled three-and-a-half hours round trip to participate in the Billings Heart and Stroke Walk. The team captain is Trish Fievet who lost her son Dawson Dee [...]


Wednesday was a fun day, a real feet frenzy! Without a doubt I think National Walking Day 2014 created more buzz than any year past. I was beyond thrilled at the activity taking place – both in person and via social media. I wish there was space to include a highlight from every market. Be sure to read [...]

The future is bright!

One of the things I most enjoy about my job is the opportunity to meet volunteers who are the strength and backbone of our organization. This week I traveled to San Diego to meet with Kirk Knowlton, M.D., who is our Western States Affiliate board president-elect. We talked about our goals for the next few years and I [...]