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Recognizing one of Montana's Treasures

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Everyday, over the last 30 plus years one Great Falls woman has gone above on beyond in her commitment to providing health care to the community. Her only goal has been to treat everyone the same, regardless of where they came from or where they have lived.

Kathy Jorgenson has dedicated her life to helping others.
She came in to the health care profession quite young and completely by accident.
"When I was eight my brother "fell off" the bed with some help from his sisters and i went to my mom who was down milking the cows and said mom I think he broke his arm. She says and how do you know that? Because he has an elbow right there," said Jorgenson.

After that she was hooked on helping others. 
Jorgenson is the main health care provider at the Cascade County Detention Center. 
"I like the work, it's different, it's interesting and again a group of people who don't general have health care so really your working with people who have a lot of needs," said Jorgenson.

Her attitude is why her coworkers said, she is a diamond in the rough. 
"She rock solid nothing every stirs Kathy up. I think the only time I have ever seen her feather ruffled is when she has computer issues," said Aurelia Thomas.

When she is not seeing inmates, she actually runs her own business called "Housecalls Primary Care."
Or as she calls it, doing what doctors can do at people's homes.

Jorgenson sees about 20 patients who can't make it to a doctors office on a regular basis.

"Trying to get mom outta bed is about impossible even when she could still walk and I called the doctor and said she keeps canceling do you have anybody that makes house calls? Why yes we do. Oh i was so happy and then it was her and that's even better," said Cathy Zigan

Although she believes her job is rewarding enough, jorgenson was recently recognized as nurse practitioner of the year for the whole state.

"She shines with how she interacts with her coworkers, then also how she carries herself shes just an all around wonderful person the gives amazing health care,": said Nikki Garbarino.

But she insist, taking care of others is simply what she was born to do. 

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