Bozeman Health to Enhance Critical Care Services, Build Patient Care Tower, and
Launch $15 Million Philanthropic Campaign
Bozeman, MT [April 11, 2018] – At a ceremonial groundbreaking event
earlier today, Bozeman Health announced plans to enhance critical care
services, build a three-story patient care tower, and expand neonatal
intensive care services at Deaconess Hospital. Together with Bozeman Health
Foundation, Bozeman Health also officially launched Caring Forward, a
$15 million charitable campaign that will help fund this and other significant
investments in the health of Southwest Montana.
In 1986, Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital moved from its location at Lamme
Street and North Tracy Avenue to the current location on Highland Boulevard.
During the past 30 years, while needed healthcare services have been enhanced
through the addition of medical office buildings, physician offices, and
expanding the Deaconess Hospital emergency department, the core facility
of Deaconess Hospital has not changed. As Bozeman and Southwest Montana
have grown, demand for services has grown, and enlarging the Deaconess
Hospital footprint is necessary to continue delivering on Bozeman Health’s
mission of improving community health and quality of life. This $75.5
million investment will commence in 2018 and final phases are planned
to be completed in 2020. The new three-story patient care tower, currently
designed to be approximately 30,000 square feet, will include a new Intensive
Care Unit (ICU) on the second floor, with administrative departments residing
on the first floor. The tower’s third floor will remain as shell
space to allow for future expansion.
Deaconess Hospital’s current ICU features just eight rooms at only
150 square feet per room, making it challenging for care providers and
needed equipment to all be in the room at once. Existing room size also
limits the number of family and friends that can be with their loved one
at any given time. The new ICU will feature 20 rooms at approximately
300 square feet each—double the size of present-day ICU rooms—making
it more comfortable for patients and their families, as well as ensuring
critical care teams are able to better provide life-saving care and monitoring
services with all the equipment they need in the room.
Today, Deaconess Hospital’s special care nursery allows for some
intensive care, yet many concerned parents and their sick babies must
travel far from home for advanced levels of care. Enhancing neonatal intensive
care services (NICU) at Deaconess Hospital for the tiniest patients gives
parents the support of having family and friends close by. Neonatal intensive
care services will be located in medical office building 4—Bozeman
Health’s future women’s and children’s tower—which
will undergo significant renovations in phase two of the overall project.
In addition to the ICU and NICU, support services such as sterile processing
and materials management will be renovated and expanded to better meet
the needs of clinical teams and units. Along with this, a new, expanded
main entrance at Deaconess Hospital will help ensure patients and families
know where to go, and the size of the cafeteria and conference center
will also be increased.
Construction on the patient care tower, new main entrance, and expansion
of support services is scheduled to begin in late 2018, and planning for
phase two, including enhanced neonatal intensive care and buildout of
the women’s and children’s tower, is underway.
“For more than 100 years, Bozeman Health has always made it a priority
to meet the growing healthcare needs of Southwest Montana. Today is yet
another example of that commitment. As we embark on this investment into
the health of our community, I’m so proud to be part of the Bozeman
Health team. We are committed to transforming care to ensure each person
has access to the best possible care close to home. Every day I’m
excited to come to work to help fulfill our mission, to be inspired by
our vision, and to ensure Bozeman Health remains your valued partner in
health and wellness,” stated John Hill, Bozeman Health president and CEO.
In announcing the launch of Caring Forward John Parkes, campaign co-chair,
shared that Bozeman Health has already received contributions and pledges
totaling $11.2 million toward its $15 million goal, which includes leadership
gifts from Kendeda Fund, the Charles and Peggy Stephenson Family Foundation,
Tom Hayes, the Ruth and Vernon Taylor Foundation (MT), and several leading
physician groups. Parkes also announced that, beginning today, the first
$250,000 in new gifts and pledges received will be matched dollar for
dollar by Bozeman-based Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply.
Caring Forward Campaign gifts are supporting four Bozeman Health priorities:
- Enhancing Critical and Intensive care: Building a new ICU and expanding
neonatal intensive care focuses on the need for critical care services
that supports our growing population of adults and seniors, and allows
families with babies in vital need of specialized care to stay close to home.
- Expanding Community Outreach and Access: Serving our community’s
vulnerable neighbors through mission-driven services and patient financial
- Funding Innovation and Excellence: Establishing funds to support new equipment
and treatments in cancer care and cardiac care.
- Supporting Big Sky Medical Center: Helping accelerate the pace at which
new specialties and healthcare services become available in Big Sky.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the early generosity shown by our
leadership donors for Bozeman Health and the Caring Forward Campaign,”
said Rich Deming, Chairman of Bozeman Health Foundation’s Board
of Directors. “Philanthropy has played a vital role in how we’ve
grown in the past, and we’re excited to rally our community and
new supporters behind us as we take these next big steps forward for local
healthcare,” he continued.
Montana Governor Steve Bullock joined today’s ceremonial groundbreaking
and shared, “Whether you’re a doctor, donor, CEO, board member
or nurse—the dedication of this community to ensuring our fellow
hard-working Montanans have access to the healthcare they need is literally
Bozeman Health has a 100+ year local heritage of always caring for the
poor, the vulnerable, and everyone within Southwest Montana. The dedicated
care team at Bozeman Health works every day to fulfill the mission to
improve community health and quality of life for residents and visitors
seeking care in the region.