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St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation Honors 2009 SAINTS Philanthropists of the Year

October 05, 2009

Saturday night at the 31st Annual SAINTS BALL, the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation will present two prestigious honors to two extremely generous donors.

Dr. Paul Crellin will be honored as Philanthropist of the Year by the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation. A retired pediatrician, Dr. Crellin co-founded the Children’s clinic in 1953 and founded The Child Study Center in 1971; for the study of children with learning and attention disorders. Dr. Crellin was also instrumental in the development of St. Vincent Healthcare’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Now, many years into retirement, Dr. Crellin continues to impact the lives of our community’s children through his philanthropic and professional leadership, supporting the St. Vincent Healthcare’s mission to provide pediatric intensive care services through the Montana Pediatric Project.

MDU Resources Group, Inc. will also be honored as the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year by St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation on Saturday night. MDU Resources has a rich history of championing children’s healthcare in our region. Since 1966, it has answered St. Vincent Healthcare’s Call to Care through many gifts. One of its recent gifts assisted in joining St. Vincent Healthcare and the March of Dimes to create Montana’s first and only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Family Support Specialist. Now, MDU Resources Group has stepped forward with capital to create access to quality healthcare for children in underserved rural areas through a major grant to the Montana Pediatric Project. Their recent support will enable St. Vincent Healthcare’s RNs, CPNs and Nurse Practitioners to extend a statewide education effort to teach rural Montana medical providers to use a color-coded system for evaluating and treating children in emergencies. This training will help reduce medication errors, treatment time and ultimately transfer time – all components which play into patient outcomes and con impact the level of care a child may need. MDU’s early support has helped leverage an additional $1 million dollars for the Montana Pediatric Project for Foundations and individuals.

About St. Vincent Healthcare:

St. Vincent Healthcare is a comprehensive system of award-winning healthcare services located in Billings, Montana. St. Vincent is a regional destination hospital which serves a four-state area and more than 900,000 people each year. A comprehensive range of services include a Level II trauma Center, cardiothoracic and vascular medicine, comprehensive cancer services, family-centered maternal and child health – a Level III B NICU & Pediatric Intensive Care Unit – neurosurgery, orthopedics and the region’s most advanced diagnostic services. St. Vincent Healthcare is part of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. St. Vincent Healthcare’s quality, mission-driven, charitable healthcare has been in existence for more than 110 years. To learn more about St. Vincent Healthcare, visit www.svh-mt.org.