Building gold standard cancer care for our community

Dr Brown w/ uronav

Urologist Dr. Kevin Brown will use the new UroNav. This equipment combines high resolution, 3D images from an MRI and real-time imaging from ultrasound to perform highly targeted prostate biopsies that help detect cancerous tumors sooner.

June 17, 2022

Growing our local cancer care team

In February, St. Peter’s Cancer Care welcomed Medical Oncologist and Hematologist Dr. Elizabeth Bigger. Dr. Bigger is a triple board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist who joined our permanent, employed medical staff.

St. Peter’s continues to actively recruit additional medical oncologists. B

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Dr. Bigger to our team. She immediately brought her expertise to bear and has already established great relationships with many of her patients. Having a strong and reputable physician like Dr. Bigger is an important milestone as we continue building a gold standard cancer and hematology care program in our community," said Dr. Todd Wampler St. Peter’s Health Medical Group President

Upgrading our facilities, technology and equipment

In 2022, the St. Peter’s Health Foundation’s Gold Standard for Cancer Care initiative funded more than $2.1 million in upgrades for St. Peter’s Cancer Care. This includes a remodeled medical oncology waiting area and new endowed scholarship for employees engaged in cancer care, as well as a Patient Healing Room featuring a gas fireplace, coffee bar and massage chair. The healing room provides a calm and peaceful space for contemplation and renewal, and is open to patients, family and staff. The initiative also funded several new pieces of equipment, including an MRI Fusion Biopsy (UroNav).

Local access to world-class cancer care

In April, St. Peter’s celebrated the one-year anniversary of its affiliation with Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah. In May, HCI announced its commitment to expand cancer research in the Mountain West to include a much larger geographic area, including Montana. This expansion will increase the opportunity for patients of affiliate hospitals in markets like Helena to access experimental treatments and medications, emerging research, and national clinical trials. St. Peter’s providers and caregivers may also take advantage of this connection through ongoing training and opportunities to participate in cutting-edge cancer research.

The St. Peter’s Foundation is grateful for the generosity of the Gold Standard for Cancer Care donors

  • The Sunderland Foundation
  • M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
  • Jane Hibbard Hospice Endowment
  • William E. Allen, Jr. & Pauline K. Allen
  • Cancer Care Endowment
  • Pamela and Eric Schindler in Memory of Maxine Reese
  • Opportunity Bank of Montana
  • The Treacy Foundation
  • Marilyn Hudson in Honor of Timothy Maxwell Daem (grandson) and Robert Maxwell (grandfather)
  • Stockman Bank
  • Alden P. Howell Trust
  • Capital High Volleyball Program
  • Browning, Kaleczyc Berry & Hoven, P.C. in Honor of Tammy Bauer
  • Dee and Mike Trombetta
  • C.R. Anderson Middle School
  • Clancy School Activity Fund
  • Cleo Moran Endowment Fund of the Montana Community Foundation
  • J. Daniel Hoven
  • Michael and Andrea Groom
  • Sharon and Dr. George R. Bell
  • St. Peter's Health Continental Cafe & Coffee Shop
  • Anonymous (6)
  • And many additional generous donors to our Cancer Care Fund June 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2021