Names and faces

Justin Perry, MD, family medicine has joined St. Peter’s Medical Group North. Perry received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno and completed his family medicine residency at the University of Montana Family Medicine Residency in Missoula. He has participated in volunteer projects in Vietnam, Cambodia and Kenya, which included work on malaria prevention and clean water accessibility, as well as volunteer work at leprosy camps and teaching English. Appointments can be made by calling 457-4180.

Perry is originally from Fort Benton.


Travis Brazill has been named vice president of Helena market/commercial loan officer for Farmers State Bank. The bank has seven Bitterroot Valley and Missoula locations and is now open Monday through Friday in an introductory location in Helena at 1040 Partridge Place #6.

Farmers State Bank will host an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at their Helena location to introduce the staff and officers. The public is invited.

For more information, contact Brazill direct at 439-0912, or visit the bank online at

News and notes 

St. Peter’s earns 'A' grade for patient safety

St. Peter’s Health earned its fourth consecutive “A” grade for safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog organization. St. Peter’s is among just three hospitals in Montana, including the Billings Clinic in Billings and Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula to receive an “A” grade in the Fall 2017 Hospital Safety Grade report.

The “A” grade is a valuable safety indicator available to patients and reflects higher than average performance across key safety measures including errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

Nationally, St. Peter’s is one of 832 hospitals of the 2,632 graded to earn an “A” safety grade. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are compiled using 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. To learn more about the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, visit


Historic tax credits assist Montana veterans

The Montana Historical Society’s State Historic Preservation Office is assisting a veterans’ organization in redeveloping 11 National Register buildings at the Fort Harrison VA for veterans’ housing. Federal Historic Tax Credits will help fund the project.

The Freedom’s Path project, by Beneficial Communities of Sarasota, Florida, will operate under a federal enhanced use lease with the VA, to adaptively reuse historic officers’ quarters and an 1895 hospital, which are currently empty. The project will add two new buildings, establishing 42 residential units for 96 occupants.

Montana has one of the highest populations of homeless veterans in the country. Freedom’s Path will address homeless, at‐risk, and disabled veterans and their households, providing residents access to services at the Fort Harrison VA. Beneficial Communities estimates that rehabilitation of the 11 multi-story, brick buildings will cost $7.2 million. Historic Tax Credits equal to 20 percent of that investment will help capitalize the work.

Awards and honors

Great West Engineering honored for Laurel project

The American Council of Engineering Companies has selected the city of Laurel Water Treatment Plant Intake project for the 2018 Engineering Excellence Award in the Water Resources category.

Laurel’s new water treatment plant intake, designed after the city’s current intake failed in 2011 from historic flooding, harnesses the cold, clean water from the Yellowstone River to provide residents and businesses with a consistent, year-round water supply. Designed to not require pumps, the new system will save the city over $30,000 annually in electricity. The new system also includes a compressed air backwash system to keep the screens free of sediment and algae and also a hot water flush system to mitigate against ice buildup in the winter. 


Top Gun Auto Body earns certification, recognition

Top Gun Auto Body Inc. has been certified by Assured Performance, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training, and facility necessary to repair the participating Automaker brand vehicles according to the manufacturer's specifications. In achieving their certification, Top Gun Auto Body Inc. is part of advanced repair capable and efficient auto body repair network in the world. Adding to their credentials, Top Gun Auto Body Inc. is officially recognized by Assured Performance, FCA, Nissan and Hyundai.

To become Certified and officially recognized by the various Automakers, Top Gun Auto Body Inc. passed a rigorous certification process to help ensure a proper and safe repair of the new generation of advanced vehicles. Less than 5 percent of body shops across the nation are able to meet the stringent requirements to become officially Certified and recognized. .

The certification criteria is based upon auto manufacturer requirements.  


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