Montana Outcomes Project

The Montana Outcomes Project

Outstanding Program Awards

Each year the Montana Outcomes Project recognizes individual programs from MACVPR that are performing “above the line”. The “line” in reference is the regional benchmark for each indicator being tracked by the outcomes project. Every year we aggregate each programs previous 4 quarters of data and find the program that has the most individual indicators that exceed the regional benchmark. We have the award broken down into 2 categories – one for large rehab programs and one for small programs.

2022 Large Hospital Above the Line Award Winner:

St. James Healthcare :: Butte

Mike McNamara Outcome Coordinator & Karen Bennett St. James

2022 Small Hospital Above the Line Award Winner:

Johnson County Healthcare :: Buffalo, WY

Mike McNamara Outcomes Coordinator and Julia Bettinger Johnson County Healthcare

Previous winners include:


  • 2019 – St. James Healthcare :: Butte
  • 2018 – St. James Healthcare :: Butte (tie)
  • 2018 – Billings Clinic :: Billings (tie)
  • 2017 – Stillwater Billings Clinic :: Columbus
  • 2016 – St. Vincent Healthcare :: Billings
  • 2015 – St. Vincent Healthcare :: Billings
  • 2014 – St. Patrick’s Hospital :: Missoula
  • 2013 – St. Patrick’s :: Missoula (tie)
  • 2013 – Billings Clinic :: Billings (tie)
  • 2012 – St. Patrick’s :: Missoula
  • 2011 – St. Patrick’s ::  Missoula
  • 2010 – St. Patrick’s :: Missoula (tie)
  • 2010 – Benefis Healthcare :: Great Falls (tie)


  • 2019 – Marcus Daly Cardiac Rehab :: Hamilton, MT
  • 2018 – Johnson County Healthcare :: Buffalo, WY
  • 2017 – Stillwater Billings Clinic :: Billings, MT
  • 2016 – Glendive Medical Center :: Glendive, MT
  • 2015 – Central Montana Hospital :: Lewistown, MT
  • 2014 – Barrett Hospital :: Dillon, MT
  • 2013 – Livingston HealthCare :: Livingston, MT
  • 2012 – Glendive Medical Center :: Glendive, MT
  • 2011 – Barrett Hospital :: Dillon, MT
  • 2010 – Sheridan Memorial :: Sheridan, WY

The Montana Outcomes Project

The Montana Outcomes Project started in the summer of 2005 with a collaboration between the Montana Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (MACVPR) and the Montana Cardiovascular Health Program (CVH).  The intent of the project is to provide a complete out-of-the-box outcomes program, provide data support to participating programs, which includes the benchmarking of indicators, and provide feedback to each program so they in turn can compare their individual data to that of the entire group.  The overall goal is to use the feedback to drive quality improvement (QI) projects that result in improved patient care.


The indicator selection process focused on 2 specific goals:
1) The indicators needed to be relevant and easy to administer
2) The indicators needed to be complete enough to fulfill AACVPR certification/re-certification criteria
(Click HERE to Indicators)


Participating programs submit their de-identified data to the CVH Program for analysis on a quarterly basis.  The data is aggregated with means generated for patient demographics and for each indicator.  Each program is then provided with feedback that has their individual data plotted against the regional mean.
(Click HERE to Feedback)


Based on the data from the Outcomes Project, the CVH Program and MACVPR have collaborated to provide two statewide QI projects.  The first was a train-the-trainer session on patient education fat reduction strategies, and the second was related to improved functional capacity gains for rehab patients.  Both projects were very successful with well over 20 programs taking part.


The Outcomes Project collects data from over 100 programs representing 18 states. Each quarter over 3,000 individual patients are added to the database which now has well over 100,000 patients. The Montana Outcomes Project is no longer accepting new programs.


As of 2016, Mike McNamara has presented the Montana Outcomes project at various state and national cardiac rehab conferences including:

  • UPCRA – North and South Dakota
  • Michigan
  • Arizona
  • Washington
  • Montana & Wyoming
  • Oregon
  • Arizona
  • National Conference – AACVPR 2018 Louisville, 2017 New Orleans and 2008 Indianapolis

Outcomes Posters & Literature


Mike McNamara, MS, FAACVPR at AACVPRs annual conference – West Palm Beach, FL








Carrie Oser – Cardiovascular Health Program – AACVPR Conference Washington DC 2015

Carrie Oser – Cardiovascular Health Program – AACVPR Conference Washington DC 2015

Ashley Wishman – Bozeman Deaconess Health Services – AACVPR Conference Washington DC 2015

Ashley Wishman – Bozeman Deaconess Health Services – AACVPR Conference Washington DC 2015


Race-Gender Disparities in CR

2011: Posters presented in Anaheim at AACVPR’s 2011 National Conference:
MACVPR Outcomes Performance | Impact of CR on PHQ-9 (Depression)

A journal article was also published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention in November of 2009. Download the JCRP article.

Posters were presented at AACVPR’s annual conference in Salt Lake City in 2007, Indianapolis in 2008, & Milwaukee in 2010, highlighting the Outcomes Project.
2007 – Establishing a Regional Outcomes Program | 2008 – Montana Regional Outcomes Project
2010 – Montana Regional Outcomes – Update
  | 2010 – Long-Term Impact of CR on Heart Failure

Contact Information

If you’d like more information on the Montana Outcomes Project, please contact:
Mike McNamara, MS FAACVPR
Project Coordinator
Cardiovascular Health Program
P.O. Box 202951
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-9170
[email protected]