The Livingston HealthCare Foundation is currently working to raise much-needed
funds for projects specifically directed towards the health and wellness
needs of our community.
Imaging Services offers diagnostic testing that can provide a window into
the causes of many diseases and physical ailments. In an effort to keep
up with important advances in technology, Livingston HealthCare seeks
funds for the following imaging equipment: Digital Portable X-Rays, Diagnostic
Ultrasound and CT Scanner.
Clinical Excellence & Innovation
Medical research and technological innovation continuously spur new discoveries.
These discoveries only lead to improvements in patient care or preventive
measures, if we ensure that our doctors and other healthcare providers
are given the latest knowledge or tools to apply the advances in their
daily practice. To ensure that Livingston HealthCare can fulfill its mission
of providing excellence in patient-centered care and has the resources
needed for keeping up with important advances in medical science and technology,
please give to the Clinical Excellence and Innovation Fund.
In line with Livingston HealthCare’s recipient of “Baby Friendly”
designation, LHC has recently began a program with Park County Health
Department and Community Health Partners to implement a Maternal and Infant
Home Visiting Program. This program begins at the Family Birth Center
at LHC, then within three days of hospital discharge for the mother and
newborn, a Park County Public Health Nurse conducts a home visit. Evidence-based
interventions and education are provided which includes breast-feeding
support, immunizations, smoking cessation, identification of postpartum
depression, contraception use, and overall well-being of baby, mom, family
members and home safety. In 2016, over 60 home visits have been conducted
and nearly one-third have received a Parents As Teachers (PAT) referral.
Pediatric and Adolescent Mental Health
Park County is ranked number 28 in suicide mortality among 2,727 counties
nationally. There has been troubling pattern in the behavioral health
of Park County residents over the last several years, particularly in
that of the youth, and Livingston HealthCare staff witness the tragic
effects of mental health conditions that go unaddressed. In a six-month
period, LHC's Emergency Department reported 40 total pediatric mental
health crises between December 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. Of these encounters,
16 consisted of suicide ideation and 4 consisted of intentional overdose.
The good news is that intervention and counseling can successfully address
many of the underlying intrinsic and environmental stressors that cause
depression and teach youth who have experienced trauma how to utilize
positive coping mechanisms that will help them grow into healthy adults.
Your gifts to LHC’s Pediatric and Adolescent Mental Health Campaign
will support the hire of a PhD Clinical Psychologist to our growing Behavioral
Health Team, as well as LHC’s partnership with the Livingston Public
Schools to provide behavioral health services and support within the school setting.
Infusion and Oncology
Since 2017, patient encounters for Infusion at LHC have nearly doubled
to 2,220 annually. Some of this increase is attributed to advances in
technology and better detection of cancer, and some to earlier detection
by patients who regularly see their primary care providers. Patients and
their loved ones are especially grateful for the ability to receive treatment
here in, or near, their home town, avoiding the time, cost, discomfort,
and stress of having to travel to Billings or Bozeman.
With a greater number of patients comes greater needs. In addition to
more staff, aged equipment needs to be replaced and improvements to the
care and comfort of the patients is always a priority at Livingston HealthCare.
The biggest complaint from patients and staff are the overly large and
rigid treatment chairs. New syringe pumps would allow for pressure and