Names and faces

Cardiologist Robert Phillips, MD has joined St. Peter’s Health Medical Group. Phillips earned his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed an internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center, internal medicine residency at the University of Washington and a cardiology fellowship at the University of Washington and the University of New Mexico. He specializes in invasive non-interventional cardiology and is certified in both comprehensive adult echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. Phillips accepts patients by referral. To reach the St. Peter's Health Medical Group Cardiology Department, call 457-4250. 

Awards and honors

Chief deputy AG selected for leadership program

The Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) has announced that Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion has been selected as one of 59 scholars chosen for the program’s fourth annual class. Bennion is the first Montanan ever selected to the program. PLS serves as a catalyst for a diverse network of leaders brought together to collaborate as they learn about leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Scholars were selected based on their leadership growth potential and the strength of their personal leadership projects aimed at improving the civic or social good by addressing a problem or need in a community, profession or organization.

Bennion has served under Attorney General Tim Fox since he took office in 2013. In addition to serving as chief deputy attorney general for the state of Montana since May 2017, Bennion leads Fox’s "Aid Montana: Addressing the Impact of Drugs" initiative to combat the effects of substance abuse in Montana. 

The program kicked off in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 6.

Nurse recognized for exceptional care

Trudy Bouma, RN was recognized as DAISY award winner for Extraordinary Nurses of 2018. DAISY winners are selected quarterly from nominations submitted by St. Peter’s Health patients and patient families.

Bouma is a nurse in St. Peter’s Health Same Day Services Department, and has been with the organization since 2003. In the words of the patient who nominated her, “I recently had the pleasure of having Trudy be my nurse on the day of my heart cath…Trudy is by far the best, most competent nurse I have ever seen … from the moment I first met her in Same Day Surgery, she provided extraordinary care … she is a true role model for the nursing profession. I feel truly blessed and honored to have had her by my side.”

The DAISY Award ( was established to honor the super-human work nurses do in direct care of patients and families every day. It is presented in collaboration with The American Organization of Nurse Executives, with St. Peter’s Hospital administration and staff selecting the winner from those nominated. Recipients receive a certificate and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa. 

News and notes 

DOR extends alcohol beverages license competitive bidding

The Montana Department of Revenue Liquor Control Division has extended the competitive bidding closing date for its alcohol beverages licenses. The deadline is March 8, 2018, at midnight MST for both the Bozeman Retail Beer and the Belgrade All-Beverages Floater license. The bid form can be found at

The department adjusted the minimum bid for the Belgrade all-beverages floater license after re-evaluating the market value and clarified its gaming restriction. The new minimum bid for the Belgrade license is $342,500. The minimum bid for the Bozeman beer license remains $187,500.

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Employer training seminar upcoming

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, Michelle Edmunds will present “Unique Policy Considerations in Montana.” The seminar will give employers a better understanding of the rules that apply to Montana and how to write policies that are effective and legally defendable.

The seminar runs from 9 until 11 a.m. and costs $40 per person with discounts available for two or more individuals from the same organization.

This workshop will be held at the Helena Job Service, 715 Front St. To register, call 443-7787, or email


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