Community Medical Center
Community Medical Center is a 151-bed acute care facility located in Missoula, MT. The hospital sees more than 6,500 inpatients annually and provides more than 130,000 outpatient services each year. Community’s clinic, Community Physician Group, provides more than 100,000 patient visits annually. Community’s medical staff includes an estimated 400 physicians and allied health professionals. Community is Missoula County’s second-largest private employer, with about 1,100 employees and an annual payroll of $48.6 million. Community is a not-for-profit entity. The hospital’s responsibility and commitment to the community is extensive.
Due to Community’s non-profit status, the hospital operates a 24/7 Emergency Department. The cost of provision of care to Medicare patients is much more than the amount Community is reimbursed by the federal government for that care. This is a gap that Community accepts as a nonprofit. The hospital has policies that ensure that those who are unable to pay for their healthcare are still able to access that healthcare. As a non-profit, Community has supported organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, Watson Children’s Shelter, Missoula Family YMCA, United Way and Missoula’s Suicide Prevention Task Force. Community also works to provide health improvement events to the public, such as the Community Heart Check at Southgate Mall.
Community’s clinic, Community Physician Group (CPG), has more than 40 providers providing specialty and primary care to patients. New providers include family practitioners and midlevel providers who practice family medicine. CPG gladly accepts Medicare and Medicaid patients, as well as most major insurance. The provision of primary care through CPG and continual recruitment of new primary care providers is important; only two percent of physicians coming out of medical school today are going into primary care. Community has a primary care clinic on South Reserve and at Northgate Plaza on North Reserve, with extended evening hours for those who are unable to make medical appointments during the workday. Community Physician Group also has locations on the Community campus and in Stevensville.
Much has happened in Community’s diagnostic imaging department over the past several years. Diagnostic Imaging features a 64-slice CT Scan, the Montana Breast Health program, a new DEXA area, updated x-ray rooms, an upgrade in the nuclear medicine/angiography/special procedures areas, remodeled changing rooms and a new waiting area. Community’s Emergency Department has recently been renovated and includes a pediatric room for our younger patients. The Community ER is a Level III Trauma Center. Community’s CareFlight air transport program has extended Community’s service area –patients from as far as Libby, Dillon and Salmon, Idaho are transported back to Community.
One of Community’s core programs is pediatrics. Community’s affiliation with Seattle Children’s Hospital strengthens and enhances the provision of pediatric healthcare services in Western Montana. These services include western Montana’s only acute care pediatric unit and pediatric intensive care unit. Community also features a 24/7 pediatric hospitalist program, and Montana’s only board-certified pediatric surgeon. Recently, Community has also welcomed a pediatric intensivist. Community’s Pediatric Specialty Clinic brings to Missoula specialists from Denver, Salt Lake City and Seattle to work with children in the following areas: cleft/cranial facial, genetics, pulmonology, metabolic services, endocrinology, muscular dystrophy, nephrology, rheumatology, hematology, gastrointestinal and neurology.
Community’s Rehabilitation Institute of Montana (RIM) is the oldest accredited rehabilitation program in the state. RIMis accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The program features a full continuum of care and service – this care extends beyond discharge from the unit. Community’s WORCenter assists individuals with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining work. Community Bridges is an outpatient program specializing in brain injury rehabilitation through residential and day treatment programs and outpatient multi-disciplinary therapies. Community’s Home and Community Based Services program assists individuals with physical disabilities to live in the least restrictive environment by providing case management, education, advocacy and coordination of in home services. Of the 18 individuals in the state certified to work with brain-injured individuals, 11 are employed at Community. Community dedicates a unit specifically for orthopedics, which means orthopedic patients are not placed in a medical/surgical setting. Nurses on the orthopedic unit are orthopedic certified. Community’s orthopedic unit features one of the lowest lengths of stay in the nation, along with a very high rate of direct discharge to home (versus discharge to entities suchas assisted living facilities or nursing homes). Community’s innovative orthopedic pain team ensures that patients are up and walking the same day as surgery, working with therapists so that these patients heal faster and go home sooner.
Community partners with Montana Cancer Specialists to bring oncology to the Community campus. Community has also partnered with Billings Clinic to bring Montana’s only gynecologic oncologist to Missoula, so that western Montana women with gynecologic cancers do not have to leave for Spokane or Billings for their care. Community’s Montana Breast Health program brings the latest in technologies for patients, including digital mammography, ultrasound-guided biopsy and stereotactic biopsy. This program works to ensurea full continuum of care to breast patients. An interdisciplinary team of radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, oncologistsand plastic surgeons work to incorporate their specialties for this care model. This model also includes a breast health navigator, a doctor of pharmacy, oncology-certified nurses, a licensed clinical social worker, and American Cancer Society representatives.
Community’s Surgical Services include anesthesiology, pain management, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatric surgery, general surgery, ophthalmology, oral surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, podiatry, urology, vascularsurgery and neurosurgery. Community’s women’s and infant services include a board certified perinatologist who works exclusively with women with high-risk pregnancies or facing roadblocks to becoming pregnant, such as women with high blood pressure or diabetes. Community employs two board certified neonatologists who oversee the hospital’s 20-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In December of 2011, Community opened the new 14,000 square foot Women’s and Newborn Center. This new addition gives moms and their new babies the region’s most up to date postpartum facility. Community’s other programs also include cardiac services, including diagnostic and interventional catheterization, a wound care program, and a 24/7 adult hospitalist program.
St. Patrick Hospital
St. Patrick Hospital is a not-for-profit medical center founded in 1873 by the Sisters of Providence. The 253-bed hospital offers general surgery, cardiology, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, women’s care, bariatric (weight-loss) surgery, cancer radiation and chemotherapy. St. Patrick Hospitalis affiliated with Providence Health & Services, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services including 27 hospitals, 214 physician clinics and health and educational services spanning five states across the Northwest.
St. Patrick Hospital was the first facility in Montana to have a da Vinci robot for surgeries with significantly less pain, blood loss, scarring and a much faster recovery time than with traditional surgical methods. Our imaging services include PET, CAT and MRI. St. Pat’s is affiliated with The University of Montana in cancer, heart disease and neuroscience research.
St. Pat’s is the only Level II Trauma center in western Montana verified by the American College of Surgeons and Montana Trauma Systems. We were the first Accredited Stroke Center and Accredited Chest Pain Center in the region. The Life Flight program offers rotor wing, fixed wing and ground transport for adult and pediatric medical and trauma patients. The hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditationof Rehabilitation Facilities. We provide inpatient psychiatric treatment and outpatient and partial hospitalization in adolescent addiction treatment. St. Patrick Hospital is home to western Montana’s most advanced healthcare as demonstrated by our numerous awards. We have received the Premier Award for Quality, The Thompson Reuters Top 100 Hospitals Award and have been acknowledged as the number one hospital in the nation for the lowest readmission rate for cardiac heart failure in 2010 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Providence Medical Group
Providence Medical Group is a group of over 40 clinics located in Missoula and surrounding communities. Our main campus is located at 500 W. Broadway inside St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Affiliated with St. Patrick Hospital and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, Providence Medical Group physicians and providers work as a team to provide the most efficient and effective care for our patients. Our goal is to work with patients to improve their health through prevention, early diagnosis and chronic disease management. We provide comprehensive care to patients at all stages of their lives. Providence Medical Group offers expertise in a full range of healthcare services. We serve western Montana with eight primary care clinics located in Missoula, Stevensville, Florence, Frenchtown, Polson, Ronan and Seeley Lake. Our specialty clinics offer quality care in cardiology, cardiac surgery, weight-loss surgery, infectious disease, nephrology, occupational medicine, psychiatry, acute and chronic pain management, senior care and wound care.
Providence Medical Group provides the highest level of care to our patients with a Mission-driven commitment to compassion for all. We are dedicated to building a strong connection to our patients through outreach medical servicesand technology. We also believe in maintaining an excellent level of satisfaction among our patients, physicians and staff and in growing responsibly to meet the health needs of the communities we serve.
To find a clinic near you, go online to: providenceclinics.org/mt_Health_Services/Clinics_Near_You or call 406-543-7271