Stories & News related to: Medicare/Medicaid

Health Matters: Youth vaping, the new smoking epidemic

Having been on the market for over a decade now, many of us have at least some familiarity with vaping. Whether it is because you or a loved one use the products, or you’ve seen the big blooms of vapor being exhaled from someone in public, they seem to be more and more common. So what exactly is vaping? Vaping...

Huntsman Cancer Institute: 45 IS THE NEW 50

St. Peter’s Health is a proud affiliate of Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. As such, St. Peter’s is given access to articles, resources, clinical expertise and research to share with our local community. Every year, around 145,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer. More than 50,000 people die from it. But the good news is that colorectal...

Health Matters: Colon cancer screening recommendation is reduced to age 45

March is national colon cancer awareness month. Colon cancer is rising among young individuals and according to the National Cancer Institute, it’s the third leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. As a result, colon cancer guidelines have changed. Now, everyone should be screened for colon cancer beginning at the age of 45. Screening options There are...

St. Peter’s Health Nicotine Cessation Program Helps Smoker of 50 Years Quit for Good

Nicotine Cessation Program is evidence-based and effective St. Peter’s Health offers the Greater Helena community clinical and evidence-based programs to help nicotine users quit for good. In partnership with the Montana Quit Line and the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program, the St. Peter’s Health Nicotine Cessation program is a seven-week program that combines the use of medication and...

Health Matters: Reducing your risk of cervical cancer

January is “Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.” This is the perfect time to highlight the importance of getting your regular women’s health screenings. The conventional screening called a “PAP” smear was developed by Dr. George Papanicolaou in the 1940s. It is the most common cancer screening test for women and consists of a pelvic exam and sampling of the cervical cells...

St. Peter’s Welcomes New Cardiologist and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Sharon Hecker, MD, FACC and Brittney Taylor, CRNA

Cardiologist Dr. Sharon Hecker has been practicing medicine in Montana since 1996 and earned her Doctorate of Medicine at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. She completed her fellowship at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center, her internship at the Northwestern University– Evanston Hospital and her residency at Loyola University Medical Center. She is a board-certified member of the American...

5 Reasons to have a Primary Care Provider

A primary care provider, or a “PCP,” is a physician or an advanced practice provider such as a physician’s assistant (PA) or a nurse practitioner (NP). Providers who typically fill these roles have a background in family medicine (care for patients of all ages), internal medicine (care for adults), and pediatrics (care for children). A PCP typically serves as your...

St. Peter’s Welcomes New Gastroenterology and Urgent Care Providers, Gina Deem, DNP, FNP-C and Ashley Vander Sys, PA

St. Peter’s Health Medical Group welcomes Urgent Care Nurse Practitioner Gina Deem and Gastroenterology Physician Assistant Ashley Vander Sys. Deem earned her Doctor of Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Development at Montana State University. She is a certified member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and will practice at both...

Health Matters: Aren’t you sweet enough? 

“Life is short, make it sweet” is a quote displayed artistically in countless bakeries and cupcake shops to entice us to consume edible sweets. According to recent research, Americans have certainly taken heed because sugar consumption in the U.S. has increased more than 20 percent over the last three decades. Recent recommendations suggest reducing sugar consumption to no more than...