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Leonard Hill and Dr. Patricia Gordon Make $500,000 Gift to Support Big Sky Medical Center

03/30/2016

BSMC’s Emergency Department Named in Their Honor

Bozeman Health Foundation, Yellowstone Club Community Foundation and the leadership of Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center recently announced that Leonard Hill and his wife, Dr. Patricia Gordon, have provided $500,000 to support excellence and innovation at Montana’s first new hospital to be opened in forty years. Their gift was made to a special fund established by Yellowstone Club Community Foundation and its members to support Big Sky Medical Center. In recognition of their generosity, Big Sky Medical Center has named its six room emergency department in their honor. Mr. Hill and Dr. Gordon consider both Los Angeles, CA and Big Sky, MT to be their home.

“Big Sky is a truly special community, unique in our world today,” said Mr. Hill. “For us, and for many others, it’s a place that inspires us with its beauty and incubates long-lasting friendships that continue to enrich our lives. In making this gift to Big Sky Medical Center, we’re supporting a great community asset that will strengthen the fabric of Big Sky as a whole, and that’s important to us today and into the future.” Hill hopes that their gift will encourage others to help as well.

In discussing their motivations to make this generous gift, Dr. Patricia Gordon, who first came to Big Sky in 2004, noted that “Len and I are not just visitors anymore. We’re part of the community and we feel the need to treat Big Sky like it is our home.” As an active member of the Yellowstone Club, Dr. Gordon also reflected on the importance of looking after the wider welfare of Big Sky: “We’re an increasingly integrated community, no longer just an isolated island. Big Sky Medical Center is a symbol of what’s possible when we all come together around the need for great local healthcare.”

The gift from Mr. Hill and Dr. Gordon will support the Fund for Excellence and Innovation in Big Sky Patient Care. This fund will help the medical center’s leadership team, who know the Big Sky community and its healthcare needs best, to acquire new leading-edge equipment, to have their staff members trained in new techniques and to more quickly provide new kinds of treatments and services to patients that may not otherwise be available in South Gallatin County.

Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center Updates

Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center is a not-for-profit community hospital located in Big Sky Town Center. It features a four-bed inpatient unit, primary care clinic, imaging center, laboratory services, retail pharmacy, outpatient medical procedure suite, and six-room emergency department. It opened on December 13, 2015.

Since opening on December 12, 2015, Big Sky Medical Center has served more than 900 patients in its emergency department. The imaging center done more than 500 studies and has averaged 14 patient studies per day, with more than 60 patients having been served by the MRI made possible through the generosity of the Charles and Peggy Stephenson Family Foundation. Big Sky Medical Center’s family practice clinic is seeing an average of nearly 20 patients per day and its retail pharmacy has increased daily prescriptions being filled by 100% over what it experienced in its prior location.

Those interested in learning more about naming opportunities and giving options may contact the Bozeman Health Foundation at 406-414-1085. Additional information is available at www.bozemanhealthfoundation.org.

About Leonard Hill & Dr. Patricia Gordon

Leonard Hill is a producer/writer with over 30 years experience in the film business. Patricia S. Gordon, MD, is a board certified oncologist who recently left private practice in Beverly Hills to found CureCervicalCancer. CureCervicalCancer is an organization that is devoted to early detection and prevention of cervical cancer in developing countries and has established over 64 sustainable clinics worldwide since its inception in 2010

Through Leonard Hill Films (LHF), Hill has produced more than 50 network television movies, four mini-series, and three dramatic series. Hill began his career as a writer on the series Adam-12. After stints at Universal TV, Paramount and MTM, Hill joined NBC as an executive in the dramatic series department. From 1977 until 1980, Hill was Vice-President of Movies for ABC before venturing into independent production.

In addition to producing filmed entertainment, Hill was the founder and chairman of the independent television distribution company Allied Communication, Inc. (ACI). The company joined a number of independent producers (Avnet/Kerner, The Steve Tisch Company, Jaffe/Braunstein, Robert Greenwald, Von Zerneck/Sertner, and Konigsberg/Sanitsky) into a highly successful enterprise that was sold to Pearson, Plc. in 1994. In 2001, Hill joined with Yuval Bar-Zemer to form Linear City, a real estate redevelopment company. Focused on the adaptive reuse of underutilized commercial buildings into architecturally distinctive mixed-use lofts, Linear City has won numerous awards for projects such as the Biscuit Company Lofts, The ToY Factory Lofts, Seventh + Bridge, the Traction Lofts and The Elysian.

Hill has served on the board of the California Film Commission, the Los Angeles Conservancy, Common Cause, and the Caucus of Producers, Writers and Directors. A Los Angeles native, Hill graduated from Yale College (Phi Beta Kappa) and received his MA from Stanford University.

About the Partnership Between Bozeman Health Foundation & Yellowstone Club Community Foundation

Bozeman Health Foundation was established in 1998 to generate private financial support for improved community health and quality of life. The foundation is a non-profit corporation, governed by an independent board of directors that administers all philanthropic gifts to Bozeman Health, including for Big Sky Medical Center. It is proud to collaborate with Yellowstone Club families and the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation in support of Big Sky Medical Center. The Yellowstone Club Community Foundation was created in 2010 to support the overall growth and health of the Big Sky community. It has been an honor for the YCCF to partner with BSMC to provide state of the art health care in Big Sky.

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