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.
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.
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
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.
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.