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Building the new intensive care unit (ICU) focused on critical care for our growing population of adults and seniors and Southwest Montana’s first NICU for babies in vital need of specialized care that allows families to stay close to home.
Serving our communities’ vulnerable neighbors through mission-driven services and patient financial assistance.
Establishing funds to support new equipment and treatments in cancer care and cardiac care.
Helping accelerate the pace at which new specialties and healthcare services become available in Big Sky, in addition to enabling special equipment purchases and provide for emergency simulations and scenario-based training for BSMC employees.
At a ceremonial groundbreaking event on April 11, 2018, Bozeman Health announced plans to enhance critical care services, build a three-story patient care tower, and bring the region’s first neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) to Deaconess Hospital. Together with Bozeman Health Foundation, Bozeman Health also officially launched Caring Forward, a $15 million charitable campaign that will help fund this and other significant investment in the health of Southwest Montana.
In 1986, Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital moved from its location at Lamme Street and North Tracy Avenue to the current location on Highland Boulevard. During the past 30 years, while needed healthcare services have been added through the addition of medical office buildings, physician offices, and expanding the Deaconess Hospital emergency department, the core facility of Deaconess Hospital has not changed. As Bozeman and Southwest Montana have grown, demand for services has grown, and expanding the Deaconess Hospital footprint is necessary to continue delivering on Bozeman Health’s mission of improving community health and quality of life. This $75.5 million investment will commence in 2018 and final phases will be completed in 2020. The new three-story patient care tower, currently designed to be approximately 30,000 square feet, will include a new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on the second floor and support services on the first floors. Its third floor will remain as shell space to allow for potential future expansion.
Deaconess Hospital’s current ICU features just eight rooms at only 150 square feet per room, making it challenging for care providers and needed equipment to all be in the room at once. Current room size also limits the number of family and friends that can be with their loved one at any given time. The new ICU will feature 20 rooms at approximately 300 square feet each —double the size of current ICU rooms—making it more comfortable for patients and their families, as well as ensuring our critical care teams are able to better provide life-saving care and monitoring services with all the equipment they need in the room.
Today, Bozeman Health is without a true NICU, requiring that concerned parents and their sick babies travel far from home at a time when they need to be cared for near family and friends. The Level III NICU will allow providers to care for the tiniest and most vulnerable patients born as early as 26 weeks, and give parents the support of having family and friends close by. The new NICU will be located in medical office building 4—Bozeman Health’s future women’s and children’s tower—which will undergo significant renovations as part of this project.
In addition to the new ICU and NICU, support services such as sterile processing, materials management, and administrative departments will renovate and expand to better meet the needs of clinical teams and units. Along with this, renovating the main entrance at Deaconess Hospital will ensure patients and families know where to go, and will increase the size of the cafeteria and conference room space.
Construction on the patient care tower, new main entrance, and expansion of support services is planned to begin in late 2018, with completion estimated for 2020.
“For more than 100 years, Bozeman Health has always made it a priority to meet the growing healthcare needs of Southwest Montana. Today is yet another example of that commitment. As we embark on this investment into the health of our community, I’m so proud to be part of the Bozeman Health team. We are committed to transforming care to ensure each person has access to the best possible care close to home. Every day I’m excited to come to work to help fulfill our mission, to be inspired by our vision, and to ensure Bozeman Health remains your valued partner in health and wellness,” stated John Hill, Bozeman Health president and CEO.
In announcing the launch of Caring Forward John Parkes, campaign co-chair, shared that Bozeman Health has already received contributions and pledges totaling $11.2 million toward its $15 million goal, which includes leadership gifts from Kendeda Fund, the Charles and Peggy Stephenson Family Foundation, Tom Hayes, the Ruth and Vernon Taylor Foundation (MT), and several leading physician groups. Parkes also announced that, beginning today, the first $250,000 in new gifts and pledges received will be matched dollar for dollar by Bozeman-based Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply.
Caring Forward Campaign gifts are supporting four Bozeman Health priorities:
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the early generosity shown by our leadership donors for Bozeman Health and the Caring Forward Campaign,” said Rich Deming, Chairman of Bozeman Health Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Philanthropy has played a vital role in how we’ve grown in the past, and we’re excited to rally our community and new supporters behind us as we take these next big steps forward for local healthcare,” he continued.
Bozeman Health has a 100+ year local heritage of always caring for the poor, the vulnerable, and everyone within southwest Montana. The dedicated care team at Bozeman Health works every day to fulfill the mission to improve community health and quality of life for residents and visitors seeking care in the region.
Continued private charitable funding through Bozeman Health Foundation is essential to insuring financial stability and maintaining local, nonprofit leadership of our healthcare system. The foundation raises private funds for two purposes. First, contributions are sought for capital projects, specialized equipment and expanded services that provide patients advanced treatments in their home community. Second, we continue to build our program and endowment funds so that our resources will ensure a perpetual impact on causes that matter to us and our revered donors.