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Billings Surgeon Named Trauma Provider of the Year

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DATE: Sept. 14, 201

Zach Benoit                                      Jon Ebelt
Community Relations                      Public Information Officer
Billings Clinic                                  Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
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Billings Surgeon Named Trauma Provider of the Year

Kalispell, MT— Dr. Robert Hurd, a retired Billings Clinic surgeon who has been instrumental in developing trauma systems across Montana, was named on Thursday as the 2017 Trauma Provider of the Year at the 30th annual Rocky Mountain Rural Trauma Symposium in Kalispell.

A longtime advocate for trauma education and system development throughout the state, Dr. Hurd recently retired after practicing for nearly 40 years at Billings Clinic, including more than 20 as trauma medical director. During that time, he helped in the initial development of Montana’s trauma care system, helped develop the Eastern Region Trauma Advisory Committee and developed the first trauma program at Billings Clinic (then called Billings Deaconess Hospital) while leading it to become the first Montana trauma program verified with the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Dr. Hurd has also worked extensively with the State Trauma Care Committee and the Montana ACS chapter.

“Through his steadfast leadership and dedication, Dr. Hurd has been a true champion in developing and advancing Montana’s trauma care system,” said DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan. “We all owe him a great deal of gratitude in helping create the excellent system that exists today.”

He was nominated for this award by his peers, who described him as calming, steady, always willing to offer advice when it comes to trauma systems and skilled at using available information to build effective action plans.

This award honors a Trauma Provider who is or has been exemplary in quality of patient care and dedication to his or her community.  This is a person who has consistently exhibited dedication to the trauma system through excellent patient care and a commitment to trauma education, injury prevention, or community awareness.

The Rocky Mountain Rural Trauma Symposium is an educational symposium for physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses and emergency medical services working in the rural environment.


The Montana EMS and Trauma System, part of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services’ Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Bureau, ensures high quality community resources are available to respond to individuals who are traumatically injured in Montana, by assuring an integrated statewide system of resources, establishment of trauma regions, and designation of trauma care hospitals. For more information, visit montanaems.mt.gov.


Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health system, serving Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. A not-for-profit organization led by a physician CEO, Billings Clinic is governed by a board of community members, nurses and physicians. At its core, Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice with a 304-bed hospital and Level II trauma center. Billings Clinic has more than 4,200 employees, including 450 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties. Billings Clinic is the first Magnet-designated health care organization in Montana and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

More information can be found at www.billingsclinic.com.