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Bozeman Health Celebrates Grand Opening of Highland Park 5


WWAMI Medical Education Program collaboration highlights strong partnership with MSU

<Bozeman, MT>—Bozeman Health and Montana State University today celebrated the grand opening of the WWAMI Medical Program suite in the newly constructed Highland Park 5 on the Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital medical campus. WWAMI is a cooperative program of the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine and the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. Since 1971, MSU and Bozeman Health have worked with the WWAMI program to provide high quality, cost-effective medical education in Montana. Earlier this year, UW again was ranked No. 1 in family medicine, rural medicine, and primary care training by U.S. News & World Report. Bozeman Health is extremely honored to partner with MSU to help deliver on the vision of the Montana WWAMI program.

During a presentation at the event, Bozeman Health President & CEO John Hill stressed the importance of continued investment in health sciences education to meet the demand for a strong healthcare workforce throughout rural and urban Montana. “WWAMI’s retention statistics and ability to directly address Montana’s health care workforce needs is impressive,” he said. “Bozeman Health is proud to be a partner in this successful program; WWAMI is the keystone ensuring a vibrant and caring provider community throughout Montana for generations to come.

Medical Office Building 5 - WWAMI Program Tour

Bozeman Health Chief Medical Officer David Chen, MD, noted, "In the 44 years we've seen this program develop, it's clear this is only the tip of iceberg. Today marks the successes of the past and the many opportunities going forward. Your commitment both in time and resources will not go unrecognized."

Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital welcomed the MSU WWAMI program to the medical campus in early August, coinciding with the completion of Highland Park 5. The new building designates an entire floor for medical education, including Bozeman Health’s Education Department and the MSU College of Nursing’s new clinical experience facility space. In 2015, over 340 students from various training programs throughout the country were trained at Bozeman Health.

Bozeman Health Medical Office Building 5 Tour - WWAMI Classroom Space

In addition to the medical education space for WWAMI, the 88,000 square-foot, five story medical office building, is designed to house Bozeman Health clinics and departments, including Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, along with Physical Rehabilitation (out-patient physical, occupational and speech therapy), Education, outpatient laboratory and diagnostic imaging services and independent health providers. The fifth floor will be reserved for future expansion.

Highland Park 5 stands as a tangible symbol of medical education and training at Bozeman Health. Along with Bozeman Health’s highly skilled medical staff, it represents two significant elements of the commitment Bozeman Health has for the medical education in Montana. Twenty-five WWAMI graduates currently serve on the Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital medical staff and 65 Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital medical staff members serve as clinical instructors, preceptors or professional mentors for the WWAMI students.

Bozeman Health Medical Office Building 5 Tour - WWAMI Lab Space

To date, the WWAMI program has graduated over 750 students with over 40% returning to practice in Montana. The program was expanded to 30 students per year in 2013, and in 2015 with the start of the new integrated classroom and clinical curriculum, there are now 60 first and second year medical students completing their medical education at Montana State University.

Bozeman Health has been a vital part of southwest Montana for over 100 years and is embracing a new era of healthcare and building integrated systems of care for the benefit of all it serves. The organization is committed to a future of more convenient, more efficient, and more effective patient care for many decades to come.

Photos from the event can be seen here.

About Bozeman Health

Bozeman Health is a not-for-profit organization responsible for the operations of Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital, Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center, Bozeman Health Belgrade Clinic, Bozeman Health Medical Group, Bozeman Health Urgent Care, Bozeman Health Hillcrest Senior Living, and Highland Park Medical Campus and is governed by a community board of directors. As one of the largest employers in Gallatin County (and currently the largest private employer) the organization has over 1850 employees. Bozeman Health offers integrated, comprehensive services designed to meet the diverse healthcare needs of southwestern Montana.​