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Patient Stories

At Benefis Health System, everything we do is centered around you – our patient. We don’t just treat your illness, we treat you, and our grateful patients’ stories reflect that. We’re not just healthcare specialists – we’re your neighbors and friends.

Rick's Story

Sitting in his car and watching a softball game, Rick Halmes, 71, snored four times, leaned his head back, and died. “I literally died in the seat of that Subaru,” he said. In 18 minutes, the team shocked Rick’s heart four times – then 12 times in 12 hours. In this video you’ll hear about Rick’s experience and how he is now enjoying his “bonus” time.

George's Story

When he imagined adventuring into the Bob Marshall Wilderness with a horse-backpacking group, George Brown never dreamed he would end up there alone for 41 hours, unprepared and with a broken leg. In this video, you’ll get to follow George through his wild journey, from survival to getting back to what he enjoys most in life.

The Udelhoven Triplets

Lexi and Dillon Udelhoven of Winifred, Montana, wanted nothing more than to be parents. Guided by the compassionate women’s health professionals at Benefis Health System, the couple’s dreams were fulfilled – times three. From infertility treatment to specialized high-risk pregnancy care and months of 24/7 care in the NICU for their triplets, the Udelhovens’ story will lift your spirits.

Rick's Story

After a lifetime of avoiding preventative healthcare measures, Lincoln, Montana resident Rick Freeland was faced with a scary heart condition that required Mercy Flight transport to Benefis Health System, where the staff in the Heart & Vascular Institute put him at ease. A year later, his health outlook and perspective around healthcare have shifted. This is his heartfelt story.

Gretchen's Story

Great Falls resident Gretchen Swift was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer by her provider at Benefis Health System, and she didn’t have to go far to receive the best treatment for her diagnosis. Benefis Sletten Cancer Institute provided advanced, well-rounded care, close to home. She tells the story of her cancer care journey in this video.