A reserved parking space in the new parking lot, in front of Rimrock Auto Arena at Metra Park, will cost $500 a year.
A plan on how they will market the 250 new parking spaces was approved by the Metra Park Advisory Board at their regular monthly meeting.
The Earl and Bessie Whedon Cancer Detection Foundation has awarded RiverStone Health Foundation $100,000 to increase colorectal screening for patients whose symptoms or risk-factors warrant screening. The private Foundation, which is based in Sheridan, Wyoming, funds cancer detection efforts throughout the region.
In awarding the grant, Terry Henn, project coordinator for the Whedon Foundation said, "High quality preventative healthcare saves lives. Our partnership with RiverStone Health is in keeping with the wishes of Dr. and Mrs. Whedon, since it provides funding for colorectal screening to at-risk individuals who might otherwise be unable to afford testing."
Big Sky Economic Development (BSED) announced it has hired Melanie Schwarz as its new Member Investor Program Director.
Billings Public Schools has opened its own employee healthcare clinic with miCare, a subsidiary company of Billings-headquartered EBMS, which runs miCare clinics for both private- and public-sector organizations. The new BPS miCare Clinic has been taking appointments since April 3.
As a self-funded insurance plan, the idea of implementing its own miCare Clinic for 1,750 BPS eligible employees and their dependents has been discussed for several years, but with healthcare costs rising, the district desired to be aggressive in containing costs by moving the miCare Clinic initiative forward. The decision was made by the BPS insurance committee and approved by the Billings School District 2 Board of Trustees. Looking to be proactive in its cost savings to its insurance fund, the district opened the clinic with the anticipation of significant savings to this fund in the coming years.
A federal appeals court has overturned rulings from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a case alleging mistreatment of workers at a Flagstaff, Arizona hospital. The Court concluded that the NLRB "failed to muster substantial evidence for its conclusions," and overturned two of the charges. The Court also overturned a charge regarding a housekeeper who was fired the month after he began wearing a union button, but upheld an NLRB determination that the hospital violated the law in adjusting a dishwasher's schedule after she appeared in a pro-union advertisement in the local newspaper.
With proposed gun control laws threatening the viability of gun and ammunition manufacturers in many states around the country, a group of local leaders are targeting some of those companies in the hope of enticing them to move to Montana.
The details of the effort were reported upon by Jeremy Vannatta, Director of Outreach, Recruitment and Marketing for the Big Sky Economic Development Authority (EDA), during a joint meeting of the Executive Committees for EDA and its sister organization, the Big Sky Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
With a new Target Industry Analysis in hand, the Big Sky Economic Development Authority (EDA) must now find the money needed to recruit some of the businesses identified as good matches for the community.
Ideally, a budget of $391,000 is what is recommended for a community like Billings, said Jeremy Vannatta, Director of Recruitment & Marketing at EDA, but understanding that that isn't likely to happen, he presented a proposal to the Joint Executive Committee of EDA and the Big Sky Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for a budget of $172,000. And, if necessary that could be whittled down to $112,000 by eliminating some advertising options and consulting fees, he told board members on May 1.
RiverStone Health, Billings, has received a $125,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to research how the agency can share resources with similar agencies for greater efficiencies. The funding will support a two-year study.
The "cross-jurisdictional sharing" (CJS) will help RiverStone fulfill its mission of improving life, health and safety by protecting and promoting the health of the community, according to John Felton, President and CEO of the city-county health agency and Yellowstone County's public health officer.
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