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Cabinet Peaks Medical Center said farewell to long-time radiologist Dr. Steve Becker at the end of September. Dr. Becker is retiring after 33 plus years of serving as Radiologist to St. John's Lutheran Hospital/Cabinet Peaks Medical Center.

Congrats on Your Retirement Dr. Becker!


Cabinet Peaks Medical Center said farewell to long-time radiologist Dr. Steve Becker at the end of September. Dr. Becker is retiring after 33 plus years of serving as Radiologist to St. John's Lutheran Hospital/Cabinet Peaks Medical Center.

Dr. Becker moved with his wife and two daughters to Libby from North Carolina after finishing his degree in Radiology at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Becker arrived to work at St. John's Lutheran Hospital on 8-8-88. He shared that the Radiology Department was very small, with just two x-ray machines, two Radiology Techs and an ultrasound machine that was so old it couldn't be used. "When I first started, there was only enough business to keep me busy for a half day a week," Becker explained.

Dr. Becker was determined to get updated equipment and services for the patients of Lincoln County. In 1990, the hospital was able to purchase its first CT Scanner, and has regularly been purchasing and updating equipment to help serve patients locally. With Becker being the only Radiologist on staff, he was on call 24/7 and was not able to take any time off. "Up until 2012, I had no help. I called on a friend from University of North Carolina and he would come stay at my house and cover shifts so I could take a vacation."

During his career at St. John's/Cabinet Peaks, imaging technology has grown tremendously. Bruce Whitfield, CEO noted "Dr. Becker's foresight and leadership in the Imaging Department has helped keep our community hospital ahead of many small hospitals, not just in Montana, but throughout the country. We wish him well in his retirement and appreciate his many years of service."

Dr. Becker played a leadership role outside the Imaging Department as well. He spent 18 years volunteering his time and energy serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the hospital. He also served on the Foundation Board, also for 18 years, where he was instrumental in helping to establish the Hospital Endowment Fund which serves as a long-term asset for replacement of equipment and was used to help build Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. He also helped with the first Festival of Trees and many other fundraising efforts throughout the years. He stepped down from the Foundation Board just before the New Hospital Campaign but continued to help raise money for the new hospital.

Becker is grateful for the support he and the Imaging Department from the Administration, Board of Directors, and the Foundation. "They were always willing to research and support purchasing new equipment as needed to make the department what it is today." He explained, "The growth went as well as I could have ever planned. I would put our Imaging Department up against any rural hospital in the nation with no doubt it would be at the top."

In 2012, the hospital began to contract with Northwest Imaging to assist Dr. Becker and the Imaging Department. Northwest Imaging will continue to work with CPMC's Imaging Department as Dr. Becker moves into retirement. He states he couldn't retire at a better time, "I feel like I am leaving the Imaging Department in a good position. They are staffed with an amazing group of techs, up to date equipment, and excellent Radiologists from Northwest Imaging. I am sad to leave but couldn't be prouder of the department."

Hannah Huck, CPMC Imaging Department Manager, is sad to see Dr. Becker go, "It has been a great honor to work with Dr. Becker for the past 14 years. Throughout the years his leadership has been a pivotal foundation to our growth and direction in the Imaging Department. He is an incredible advocate for patients and has displayed an unwaveringly positive bedside manner. Dr. Becker, on behalf of the Imaging Department, thank you for your many years of dedication toward your patients and our community. Although you will be greatly missed, we wish you a very happy retirement!"