July 31, 2020
St. Peter’s Health has a number of team members who provide care for our community beyond their normal work days at the health system. It’s no surprise that many spend their evenings and weekends giving back to non-profits and organizations across the tri-county area, even amidst a global pandemic.
Last summer, family practice physician Dr. Krainacker and his wife Nina, Senior Director of Population Health Amy Emmert, Chaplain Kim Pepper, Clinical Pharmacist Annie Daniels harvested a garden plat at Selma Held Gardens in Helena for Helena Food Share. For years, Dr. Krainacker has spearheaded these types of garden projects and works to gather volunteers once a week for a couple hours during the growing months to plant, harvest and weed.
When ED technician Kelli Butenko moved to Helena, she learned about Prickly Pear Land Trust, and the work they do to preserve and grow the South Hills Trails system. She started off as a monthly Cactus Club donor, and eventually became their marketing and events coordinator. In that position, she “learned more about what they do with private-land conservation,” and also about “protecting Montana’s agricultural heritage and the landscapes we all love.” Now that Kelli’s no longer employed by PPLT and works at St. Peter’s, she continues to volunteer on the Don’t Fence Me In committee and on trail workdays. Kelli says “Prickly Pear Land Trust is close to my heart because they protect the things that make Montana, Montana and Helena, Helena: Trails, open lands, and our agricultural and ranching heritage.”