Benefis names ward after doctor who died ice climbing in Februar - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Benefis names ward after doctor who died ice climbing in February

Benefis dedicated the infusion wing which Dr. Elton J. Adams, M.D., of Great Falls. was in charge of.

They named the wing after Adams for his years of service at the hospital.


Lewis and Clark County Coroner, Bryan Backeberg, has identified the victim from Sunday’s ice climbing accident as 74-year-old Dr. Elton J. Adams, M.D., of Great Falls.

He is reported to have slipped and fallen 90 feet while climbing Cataract Falls in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. The man, an avid climber, was climbing with four others.

Authorities received a 9-1-1 call at 1:12 p.m.

The waterfall is 20 miles off of Elk Creek Road and 15 miles southwest of Augusta. Because of the remote location, an ambulance couldn't get on the scene until 3:07 p.m.

The responders called for search and rescue until 2:45 p.m. and a Mercy flight from Benefis Health System couldn’t immediately fly out because of bad weather.

When the deputy and ambulance arrived, the man was deceased. The coroner was called and the search and rescue canceled.

No foul play is suspected.

  • StatewideMore>>

  • Missoula Marathon helps Army veteran heal

    Missoula Marathon helps Army veteran heal

    Saturday, July 14 2018 8:57 PM EDT2018-07-15 00:57:54 GMT

    After serving six years in the U.S. Army and spending a year deployed in a war zone in North Iraq, Michael LaForest came back to the states a different person. 

    After serving six years in the U.S. Army and spending a year deployed in a war zone in North Iraq, Michael LaForest came back to the states a different person. 

  • Preparing for wildland fires in Western Montana

    Preparing for wildland fires in Western Montana

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 9:48 PM EDT2018-07-18 01:48:49 GMT

    Fire season starts, after multiple reports of wildfires across Western Montana. 

    Fire season starts, after multiple reports of wildfires across Western Montana. 

  • New Ridge Waters park in Butte accepting scholarship donations

    New Ridge Waters park in Butte accepting scholarship donations

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 7:07 PM EDT2018-07-17 23:07:51 GMT

    BUTTE - Ridge Waters Water Park has been open in the Mining City for a little more than two weeks. In those two weeks, Ridge Waters has received more than 200 applications for their scholarship program. The program was designed to allow all children to be able to enjoy Ridge Waters, regardless of their financial situation. 

    BUTTE - Ridge Waters Water Park has been open in the Mining City for a little more than two weeks. In those two weeks, Ridge Waters has received more than 200 applications for their scholarship program. The program was designed to allow all children to be able to enjoy Ridge Waters, regardless of their financial situation. 

  • Most Popular

  • NewsMore>>

  • Montana Treasure: Iris the Osprey and her nest cam

    Montana Treasure: Iris the Osprey and her nest cam

    Monday, July 16 2018 7:57 PM EDT2018-07-16 23:57:42 GMT

    MISSOULA - One Montana mom is known around the world. She only lives in the state in the summer, and her home is streamed online 24 hours a day.

    MISSOULA - One Montana mom is known around the world. She only lives in the state in the summer, and her home is streamed online 24 hours a day.

  • 7,000 stolen dog tags

    7,000 stolen dog tags

    Monday, July 16 2018 9:17 PM EDT2018-07-17 01:17:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 9:17 PM EDT2018-07-17 01:17:00 GMT

    GREAT FALLS- For almost two weeks, the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office has been searching for any signs of a stolen military bag taken on the Fourth of July. 

    GREAT FALLS- For almost two weeks, the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office has been searching for any signs of a stolen military bag taken on the Fourth of July. 

  • Two dead in Helena, investigation underway

    Two dead in Helena, investigation underway

    Monday, July 16 2018 2:21 PM EDT2018-07-16 18:21:37 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 7:22 PM EDT2018-07-16 23:22:05 GMT

    The Helena police department is investigating after two bodies were discovered inside a home along Hannaford Street. According to Lieutenant Jayson Zander, police were called to the scene around 10 a.m. Monday. When they arrived, they found the bodies of a man and a woman. 

    The Helena police department is investigating after two bodies were discovered inside a home along Hannaford Street. According to Lieutenant Jayson Zander, police were called to the scene around 10 a.m. Monday. When they arrived, they found the bodies of a man and a woman. 

  • Drunk driver crashes going 100 MPH on I-15

    Drunk driver crashes going 100 MPH on I-15

    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:42 PM EDT2018-07-15 23:42:29 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:44 PM EDT2018-07-15 23:44:32 GMT

     Witnesses say the driver was traveling over 100 MPH and tried to light a cigarette, causing her car to go over the median and roll over.

     Witnesses say the driver was traveling over 100 MPH and tried to light a cigarette, causing her car to go over the median and roll over.

Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2018. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.