“You look through the door of the ICU and you see the clutter and congestion. You see the new ER and just say ‘WOW.’ Open space, privacy, generous room for the equipment that can actually remain in the room. Our ICU patients also deserve this.” - Bob Braaksma, Campaign Steering Committee Member
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.
Designed and staffed to handle the toughest cases, the intensive care unit (ICU) is a place where every heartbeat is monitored, where tubes are wires connect flesh to machine, where technology assists in moving air and fluids in and out of the body and where family members hold each other close and whisper prayers of hope.
“If you or a loved one comes to the ICU, it could quite literally be the worst day of your life,” critical care physician Dr. Andrew Sullivan said.
Being able to receive critical care locally is vitally important; nothing is more stressful than having a family member life-flighted to a distant city in their time of greatest need. If you find yourself in the ICU at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital, you’ll be taken care of by some of the finest physicians and caregivers in the region. Yet, even the most highly-trained doctors and nurses with cutting edge critical care equipment can be constrained by a factor that plays a vital role in patient care: space.
The current ICU at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital was constructed in 1986. Composed of eight 150-square-foot rooms, the ICU was well suited to meet the needs of the community during that era, but the demands on our ICU have changed:
Current Intensive Care Unit
Current Emergency Room
A new ICU is considered Bozeman Health’s most urgently needed facility improvement. Why?
ICU volume is closely tied to Emergency Department volume. Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital has seen a 36% jump in ED visits in a five-year span.
Current plans include 20 acuity-adaptable rooms with ample space for expanded rooms, monitoring stations, and a large family waiting room. The size of each patient room will double from 150 square feet to 300 square feet to accommodate the next generation of life-saving equipment and the collaborative healthcare delivered by interventionists, specialists and nurses today.
During a time when families are making life and death decisions, it is important to provide them with privacy and space. The new ICU will also reduce the stress levels for the families of critically ill patients by providing them with a well-appointed family waiting room and consultation area.
Your support for a new ICU at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital will have profound positive impacts for patients and their families during their most difficult time. The ICU is where lives hang in the balance and your donations to this priority will ensure that residents of Southwest Montana receive the best possible care on their worst possible day.
The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is where a healthcare facility’s youngest
and most fragile patients receive critical care. It’s the place where new moms and
dads shed tears of joy, and begin their long and rewarding journey as a family. Yet,
while every prospective parent imagines walking blissfully out of the hospital with
a healthy baby in their arms, the reality for many families can be quite different.
A myriad of medical complications can affect any pregnancy and any newborn—
many with life-changing impacts.
With a record number of babies being delivered at Bozeman Health Deaconess
Hospital, it has become essential to provide for the critical care needs of our
community’s newest and most fragile members.
“Everyone is in full agreement we need a NICU,” Bozeman Health Family Birth Center
Manager Susan Connell said. “The acuity has grown. Every couple of weeks we
deliver a baby we have to stabilize and transfer to a higher level of care.”
Today, Bozeman Health is without a NICU. Our current Family Birth Center was
built more than 25 years ago, when 600 babies were delivered on an annual basis.
In 2016, the birth center delivered almost 1,300 children. But when complications
arise during a pregnancy, during childbirth, or following a premature birth, we’re
often required to send new parents and their sick babies far from home to receive
vital neonatal care. The size of our community, and our expectations regarding
quality medical care, are both increasing rapidly, and Bozeman Health must keep
pace to advance our mission:
The population of southwest Montana has grown dramatically over the last
decade. We must invest in our community’s future. Why?
With more and more babies being born at Bozeman Health Deaconess
Hospital the time for a NICU is now. The new facility will meet the
healthcare needs of our most fragile patients by providing a venue for
complex neonatal evaluation and treatment. For new parents realizing their
hopes and dreams upon the birth of a child, there is simply no medical need
For our neighbors facing serious neonatal health care needs, a NICU
may be the place they see their baby nursed through the early stages of
development. Rest assured, every child will be cared for by a highly trained
and professional staff, with all the warmth and compassion that has come to
define Bozeman Health.
With a record number of births at the Family Birth Center in 2016, and a rising number of neonatal intensive
care cases commensurate to our growing population, our community’s need for a NICU could not be
more pressing. As more and more families make southwest Montana their home, the need for specialized
neonatal care will only increase.
Your generous support of this vital priority will help our community take the next step in caring for
tomorrow’s generation, today.
Bozeman Health cares deeply for our neighbors in this special place we call home. Please join us as we seek to provide the highest quality care across the communities we proudly serve. Caring Forward: The Campaign for a Healthier Community.