Papoose Rattler Memorial Native American Welcoming Center
Bridging the Gap between Cultures
As a community hospital, Benefis Health System is deeply committed to providing quality healthcare to all. Benefis is focused on an important community need – enhancing its care to Native American patients and providing quality healthcare resources.
The result is the development of the Papoose Rattler Memorial Native American Welcoming Center, a 1,200 square foot area designed to welcome Native American patients and their families, and to better serve native people in our region.
The Center serves as:
- a hub for health information resources.
- a place for family members to gather.
- an area for meditation or traditional prayer.
- a contact point for reservation hospitals, clinics and families.
- a cultural diversity training center for Benefis employees and volunteers.
Benefis appreciates the collaborative efforts of Tribal leaders from the following Reservations: Rocky Boy, Blackfeet, Fort Peck and Fort Belknap; and the Great Falls Native American community members from various professions, who volunteered their time and energy to help make this Center possible. “The development of a Native American Welcoming Center at Benefis has been well received,” said the late Phillip “Papoose” Rattler, the Blackfeet representative on the original Advisory Committee. “This Center is a good idea and has been needed for a long time.”
For more information about the Papoose Rattler Memorial Native American Welcoming Center, please call 406.731.8216.