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Governor Bullock Recipient of 2021 MMA Award of Merit; Physician Leaders Recognized at Annual Meeting:

The Montana Medical Association (MMA) today announced Governor Steve Bullock as the recipient of the 2021 Award of Merit and awarded two physicians for their significant contributions to improving health care in the state of Montana.


Montana Health Care Leadership Program Graduates 2021 Class; Recruitment open for 2022:

The Montana Medical Association (MMA) announced today that 11 health care professionals graduated from the 2021 Healthcare Excellence in Leadership Program (HELP) on Saturday, September 18.


Medical and Nursing Community of Montana Unites to Urge Vaccination, Masking as COVID-19 Cases Rise Statewide:

Montana medical and nursing organizations representing thousands of health care practitioners across the state united to urge Montanans to protect themselves and their communities by getting vaccinated and wearing a mask as COVID-19 cases continue to r  

MMA Files Suit to Protect Montana Physician Offices, Fight for the Safety of Patients:

The Montana Medical Association along with other organizations and individuals, filed suit in Missoula Federal District Court on September 22, 2021, challenging House Bill 702 as it applies to Montana’s physicians and hospitals.


Montana Medical Association Selects Leadership for 2021/2022:

The Montana Medical Association (MMA) announced today that its Board of Trustees has selected a new slate of officers to lead the Association through September 2022, with Carley C. Robertson, M.D., a general practice physician from Havre, taking the he  

Medical and Nursing Community of Montana Issues Statement Following Announcement of DPHHS Emergency Rule on Masking in Schools :

The medical and nursing community of Montana stands behind the clear research and science showing the widespread use of masks in schools can effectively reduce COVID-19 transmission as part of a layered public health approach to provide a safe learning  

Montana Medical Association Foundation Selects Officers for 2021/2022:

The Montana Medical Association Foundation announced today that its Board has selected a new slate of officers to lead the Foundation through August 2022, with William S. Gallea, M.D., a Lewistown emergency medicine physician, taking the helm as Presid  

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Eleven Health Care Providers Selected for Montana’s Top Physician Leadership Program

 MMA Hosts Eighth-Annual Healthcare Excellence in Leadership Program


HELENA – The Montana Medical Association today announced that 11 Montana health care providers have been selected as participants in the 2021 Healthcare Excellence in Leadership Program.

“This is the first time a pharmacist and a psychologist have participated in this top-tier program. By expanding to include the full health care team, we’re providing opportunities for more providers to move into leadership roles to spearhead the development of effective patient care,” said MMA Chief Executive Officer Jean Branscum. “This leadership program is dedicated to developing the skills health care workers need to become top leaders in the industry, influence state health care policy, and promote the positive change needed to provide better patient care in Montana.”

The Healthcare Excellence in Leadership Program was created in 2013 by Montana physicians to help industry health care providers step into new and emerging leadership roles and engage in vital healthcare policy discussions across the state. Participants in this top-shelf leadership program attend five monthly sessions across Montana to learn about the state’s critical health care issues and gain the leadership skills needed to create positive change in their practice, hospital, and surrounding communities.

The health care leaders selected for the 2021 program are:

  • Adrienne Coopey, D.O., Psychiatry, Billings Clinic, Billings
  • Dirk Gottman, M.D., Pediatrics, Western Montana Clinic, Missoula
  • Kevin Harada, M.D., Hospitalist & Internal Medicine, Northern Montana Hospital, Havre
  • J. Erin Hixson, M.D., Family Medicine, RiverStone Health Residency Program, Billings
  • Leslee Kane, M.D., Family Medicine, Bozeman Health Belgrade Clinic, Bozeman
  • Tony King, Pharmacy Director, Pharmacy, Mountain-Pacific Quality Health, Helena
  • Sara Potts, Ph.D., Psychology, Partnership Health Center, Missoula
  • Dierdre Strigenz, M.D., Anesthesiology, Gallatin Valley Anesthesia, Bozeman
  • Kristine Thayer, M.D., Pediatric Surgery, Community Medical Center, Missoula
  • Mark VanTighem, M.D. Emergency Medicine, Benefis Health, Great Falls
  • Stephanie Wolfe, M.D., Family Medicine, Bozeman Health Family Medicine, Bozeman

An increasing number of physicians recognize that they are needed to step up and lead efforts to improved health and healthcare,” said MMA President Pam Cutler, M.D. “This program teaches skills not offered in traditional medical education that build on the vast knowledge and unique experiences of physicians. The result is a transformational experience that prepares participants to be more impactful in clinical settings, governmental forums, and both corporate and non-profit boardrooms.”

Over 130 physicians and other health care providers have participated in the leadership program’s first seven years. Past participants have accepted top leadership roles in Montana health care institutions and received multiple industry awards, including the MMA’s Legacy of Leadership Award.

The program was developed through the support of the MMA Foundation and grants provided by The Physicians Foundation, a national non-profit organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and helps facilitate the delivery of health care to patients. The MMA Foundation supports physician education in Montana.

For more information or to provide sponsorship for this program, visit, or contact the Montana Medical Association at or (406) 443-4000.



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