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Meet Great Falls Through the Eyes of a Resident

Learn more about this Montana city from Dr. Bridget Brennan, a Great Falls resident and chief medical officer of Benefis Medical Group.

By Laura Hill on February 3, 2022

Dr. Bridget Brennan, a resident of Great Falls and chief medical officer of Benefis Medical Group
Benefis Health System

Doctors hear story after story from their patients, but we flipped the tables this time around. We sat down with Dr. Bridget Brennan, a resident of Great Falls and chief medical officer at Benefis Medical Group, to learn a little more about her life in Great Falls.

Q: How did you end up in Great Falls?

We had been coming to Montana, Glacier National Park specifically, for several years for our family summer vacations. Immediately, I began looking forward to coming back once our vacation was over.

I thought this would be a great place to retire someday, then I got a call from a recruiter who told me they had a job opening in the Emergency Department here at Benefis. The timing was perfect. I interviewed in May of 2014 and joined the Medical Group in October. Coincidentally, Anderson, South Carolina, the city we moved from, is also known as the “Electric City.” Best decision we could have made as a family.

“I absolutely fell in love with the area, the weather, the people.
I feel like I can breathe out here.”

Dr. Bridget Brennan | Benefis Medical Group

Q: What is your community like?

The folks here are very friendly and down to earth. They look out for their neighbors. It’s a very “real” place to live.

Q: What are the advantages of living in Great Falls?

Its location and proximity to the national parks and wilderness areas without the high cost of living found in some of the other cities in Montana (Bozeman and Kalispell). It has a small-town appeal, with some amenities found in larger cities. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and no traffic!

Q: What are the kinds of activities, hobbies, etc. that you enjoy here?

Anything outdoors – hiking, camping, enjoying the weather and the wildlife.

Q: What do you think about the winters?

The winters are beautiful here. I actually love them! The wind and drifting snow get a little tricky every once in a while, but it’s usually sunny, even when it’s really cold.

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