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Old 07-12-2007, 08:06 PM
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Thank-you everyone for the quick replies, they are very helpful.
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:35 PM
Location: Great Falls, Montana
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Originally Posted by jimj View Post
I would suggest that you check on your facts before acting as an expert in a place you don't live or have current experience in. I would agree that the health centers USED to be dated but with the building of the new (as in opened last month) medical center in Whitefish and the large expansion of KRMC in the last year or so they are not "dated" anymore. I don't act as an expert on Great Falls becasue I don't have current info on it. I do know that they have top notch medical care for the most part but there are things they don't do as well as here.
You will notice when the olympic skier crashed on the mountain and was as good as dead they didn't ship him to Great Falls... No, one of the best neuro guys I have ever met (and I have met a few) did his magic and fixed him HERE.
My friend has Multiple Myloma (usually a death sentence) and she was not shipped to Great Falls or Seattle. Most of her treatment was done here except a brief stint in Utah which following your ideas must be way more advanced than Great Falls. Anyway, still alive and doing well even though she is getting help from a "dated" facility. Oh, I guess I should add that they fixed a major surgical screw up done on me in San Francisco at this "dated" medical facility.

There are some things that are not done here, that is true but that is an monitary decision from not enough call to do them. Times have changed up here in little backwards Kalispell, we actually have doctors that don't use a horse and buggy to visit their patients anymore. Maybe a visit to the area is in order for you?

Sorry to seem touchy about this but they have saved my life twice and some of my friends lives as well and do so on a daily basis. Just becasue some people are transferred to other hospitals doesn't mean the facility is "dated" or not as good. Most of the time it means that these other hospitals have invested money in certain areas (and not others) due to high use. So, since you say Great Falls has such a state of the art cancer center with all the latest machines that must mean they treat a lot of patients in order to pay for it. I didn't know cancer was that prevelant there. Is it the water or do they know what is causing it?
New paint and windows rarely constitutes "state of the art", and nearly any hospital in the land can buy a new crash cart... or purchase a doctor.... it's called, recruitment, and it comes at no small cost.

I visit Kalispell more frequently than I would care to.... I'm there nearly every other weekend..... I still ski Big Mountain on occasion...... and I am more than "up-to-date" on your medical facilities...... They are indeed very nice, but cannot compare to what's happening in Great Falls, I'm sorry to say.
The reason why we have over 6,500 on staff at Benefis and many more at Sletten, is because our economy can support it... Missoula and/or Kalispell's economies combined cannot. There simply isn't enough money over there to pursue an endeavour the likes of Benefis or Sletten.

One of the great things about being a Montana native, that lived well over 20 years in Missoula County, is that I have a great many friends in the Flathead.
I think it's odd, that I know much more about Kalispell, than I do about Glendive.... but... Oh Well.....

My young years playground extended from Eureka in the north, all the way down to Sula in the south....... And trust me.... I do indeed stay in close touch with many of my friends.

I may not live in the west end anymore, but that doesn't mean that I'm uninformed of the developments that happen over there.

The cancer treatment has been for a majority those living in the west end (Libby to Kalispell to Missoula), who would prefer to not going to Seattle..... They can stay closer to family this way as a result. There are many here that are treated that reside in Kalispell too... incidently.

The Sletten Cancer Institute is for "All" of Montana.... Cancer rates are extremely high in this state, no thanks to the likes of the Copper Kings and W.R.Grace.....

As an added note;

I would invite you to visit us if you get the chance to.... you might be surprised to learn that Great Falls, Montana is not at all what those on the west end would have you imagine..... be carefull though, because upon visiting, you just might fall madly in love with the place and want to move here...LOL...

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Old 07-12-2007, 09:26 PM
Location: Great Falls, Montana
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Originally Posted by 1flower1 View Post
what is the climate like in that area in comparision to the rest of the state. From the posts I have read it seems that Montana's climate has alot to do with the area you are in
If you like lots of snow and really long winters, Kalispell, or Missoula would be the place to go. Air quality is poor in these areas during the winters as a result of inversions that can last for weeks in the valleys. You'll have roughly 3 good months of nice weather in the west, and closer to 7 months of nice weather in the east.

East of the CD, you'll find sunshine.. 300+ days out of the year... and it's less humid and warmer in the winter as result of chinooks that blow in from the southwest. You'll find the sun all along the eastern slope of the Rockies in the winter here. We do get below zero on occasion though, but it usually doesn't last more than a week or ten days before another chinook blows in raising temps to 50.
There have been times when Polson was at 15 degrees, while we enjoyed 55 degree temps in the winter.

Great Falls Montana rates #4 in cleanest air out of all of the cities in the nation. The reason why our economies are stronger in the east, is partly due to the weather too.... we can get more work done outside as a result.

The farther north you go, the harder the wind will blow... Often there are hurricane force winds up at Browning.

If you're a sucker for nice weather and a little less snow, then east of the CD would be a good fit for you.

If you like lots of snow in winter and don't mind a little bad air, then just about any place west of the CD would be a good fit.
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Old 07-13-2007, 05:49 AM
Location: LEAVING CD
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You know Giftshoppe, we really do need to take a trip to Great Falls, haven't had the time as of yet to do so. I have been told that it is a nice city from some of the people I know that went there for stomach surgury (weight loss) and that the hospitals were nice. As for falling in love with it and moving there, unfortunately we can't afford to live in this state anymore as pay needs to keep up with expenses not to mention I can't take the cold anymore. Yes, I know there are other places here that have different weather but snow and ice for any amount of time kill me.
But I do know that once you live in MT it stays with you and becomes part of your DNA.......
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Old 08-13-2007, 01:12 AM
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May I recommend Billings. It has two of the best cancer centers in a 4 state area. I have personal experience with this. There are lots of opportunities for jobs in the medical profession as well as colleges to earn degrees. Billings is the biggest town in Mont., but it is still a small city (100,000+) compared to most places. It has everyone one would need and is a short drive to mountains, lakes, Yellowstone park, etc. I live in Laurel, about 10 miles from Billings as I like the smaller town atmosphere and schools, but it's an easy jaunt to go to Billings for shopping, enterntainment, culture, sporting events, etc. The weather here isn't too bad, I would venture to say quite mild in the winter. Let me know if I can help you in any way!
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