A significant focus for U.S. health care systems over the past decade has
been quality: quality of care, quality of service, and quality of equipment
and facilities. However, quality health care can only improve outcomes
if people can access services when they need them. It’s akin to
storing needed medicine on a shelf too high for anyone to reach.
Why does access matter? According to Healthy People 2020, regular and reliable
access to health services can: prevent disease and disability, detect
and treat illnesses or other health conditions, increase quality of life,
reduce likelihood of premature death, increase life expectancy
Bozeman continues to rank in the Top 10 fastest-growing micropolitan areas
in the U.S., and our primary service area is projected to grow more than
8 percent in the next five years. As the health care provider of choice
for southwest Montana, here at Bozeman Health we take great honor in having
the responsibility to make sure care is readily available to anyone who
needs it, regardless of their ability to pay. It is our privilege to care
for and provide patients with ease of access, ease of scheduling, and
transparency in value and pricing options.
Our core infrastructure and facilities must expand to meet demand, keep
care closer to home, and provide the necessary space, staff, and equipment.
That’s why, over the next three years, Bozeman Health will spend
an anticipated $95 million improving our existing facilities and adding
more access points to ensure patients get the right care in the right
place at the right time.
The bulk of that investment, $75 million, will go toward the improvement
and modernization of our flagship Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. The
project will include a new acute patient care tower, with a renovated
and expanded intensive care unit that will more than double our current
patient capacity and double the size of each room. The larger inpatient
rooms will accommodate state-of-the-art technology and equipment, as well
as added family support space. A neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) will
be added as part of the new women’s and children’s tower,
slated to be built in medical office building 4. New ICU rooms and a NICU
allows families and friends to have more room in supporting their loved
ones, while in the hospital in addition to ensuring our expert care providers
have all the equipment they need in the room. These facility renovations
will accommodate new technology and maintain contemporary and patient-friendly
service environments to ease the way for our community to access care.
As a non-profit health care system, Bozeman Health reinvests any net income
back into the communities we serve through facility improvements, technology,
and health care service upgrades. This ensures that the tools we use to
advance community health and quality of life are state of the art, up-to-date,
In addition, Bozeman Health and United Surgical Partners International
(USPI) have entered into a partnership to build a new ambulatory surgery
center in West Bozeman to meet the expanding needs of the community. Construction
of the West Bozeman development should begin in the next year at an estimated
$20 million investment. It will also serve as a neighborhood health center
with family medicine, pediatrics, and specialty care clinics. The three-way
partnership model between Bozeman Health, USPI, and local physicians will
benefit patients through this new high-quality, lower-cost setting that
delivers same-day or short-stay procedures.
Listening to the communities we serve is also why we’ve launched
our b2 MicroCare convenience care clinic near Oak and 19th in Bozeman.
This innovative new model provides up-front, cash-pay pricing and online
appointment scheduling, making fast convenient care for minor ailments
Bozeman Health has grown with the Bozeman community for more than 100 years.
We are proud of our legacy and commitment to the communities where we
work, live and play in southwest Montana. We will continue to work with
you—our family, friends, neighbors, and patients—to build
a future that ensures all people seeking healthcare are able to receive
it in convenient and accessible ways.
We welcome your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Hill is president and CEO of Bozeman Health.