Army National Guard

UPDATE: SEPT. 24

Governor Greg Gianforte announced in a release he will send Montana National Guardsmen to Livingston, Kalispell, Whitefish and Plains hospitals after receiving formal requests Friday.

“To ease the load our civilian soldiers and airmen carry as they support the state, we’re fulfilling formal requests for Guard resources with Guardsmen residing in or near their communities, so they can sleep in their own beds at night as they assist hospitals in their COVID response,” Gov. Gianforte said. “Our entire state thanks them for their continued service and sacrifice.”

The additional four hospitals with requests being fulfilled are listed below:

  • On Sept. 24, Livingston HealthCare in Livingston submitted a formal request for six Guard. This request will be fulfilled with six Guard.
  • On Sept. 24, Logan Health in Kalispell submitted a formal request for 25 Guard. This request will be fulfilled with 25 Guard.
  • On Sept. 24, Logan Health Whitefish submitted a formal request for two Guard. This request will be fulfilled with two Guard.
  • On Sept. 24, Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains submitted a formal request for four Guard. This request will be fulfilled with four Guard.

With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, the state anticipates to receive more formal requests from other hospitals. The governor's office says they will continue to provide resources to help secure necessary staffing and address the hospitals' needs.

At the governor’s direction, Montana Disaster and Emergency Services is assisting hospitals in the process of securing full reimbursements from FEMA for eligible COVID-19 staffing needs.


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HELENA, Mont. - Fulfilling all formal requests from hospitals in the state, Governor Greg Gianforte announced he is sending Montana National Guardsmen to support their COVID-19 response. 

“Joining doctors and nurses on the frontlines, the men and women of the Montana National Guard will provide critical supports to our hospitals as their systems are strained,” Gov. Gianforte said.

“While these Guardsmen will help ease the heavy burden our frontline health workers face,” Gov Gianforte continued, “the best long-term solution to this crisis is for Montanans to talk with their doctor or pharmacist and get vaccinated. While we will not mandate them, vaccines are safe, they work and they can save your life. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the virus.”

The 70 Guardsmen will begin assisting hospitals this weekend and next weekend, as stated in a release. They will help assist with non-medical ICU, environmental services, patient data entry and COVID testing.

Last week, the governor announced that 10 National Guardsmen would begin assisting Billings Clinic in its COVID-19 response on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Seven National Guardsmen also began assisting the state lab last week.

Since last week, the state has received six formal resource requests from hospitals for 70 National Guardsmen.

Those requests are being fulfilled as follows: 

  • On Sept. 15, St. Peter’s Health in Helena submitted a formal request for 10 Guard. This request will be fulfilled with 10 Guard.
  • On Sept. 15, Billings Clinic in Billings submitted a second formal request for 10 additional Guard. This request will be fulfilled with 10 Guard.
  • On Sept. 15, St. James Healthcare in Butte submitted a formal request for six Guard. This request will be fulfilled with six Guard.
  • On Sept. 17, St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings submitted a formal request for 10 Guard. This request will be fulfilled with 10 Guard.
  • On Sept. 17, Missoula County submitted a formal request for 24 Guard. This request will be fulfilled with 24 Guard.
  • On Sept. 20, Bozeman Health in Bozeman submitted a formal request for 10 Guard. This request will be fulfilled with 10 Guard.
  • On Sept. 22, Benefis Health System in Great Falls submitted a formal request for 20 Guard. This request will be fulfilled with 20 Guard.

The state says they are working with and anticipating additional formal requests for Guard resources from several other hospitals. At the direction of the governor, all hospitals have received a COVID-19 response resource guide, which includes step-by-step instructions on how to submit a formal request for Guard resources.

The governor’s office will continue to provide resources to hospitals to help them secure necessary staffing and proactively and directly collaborate with hospitals to help address needs as they arise.

At the governor’s direction, Montana Disaster and Emergency Services is assisting hospitals in the process of securing full reimbursements from FEMA for their COVID-19 staffing needs.

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