A new $42 million hospital in White Sulfur Springs is set to break ground in July, and backers say it will meet the needs of the growing community for years to come.
Mountain View Medical Center will move from its current location at 16 West Main Street to a sprawling, approximately 10-acre facility on 6th Avenue, less than a mile away, allowing for expansion. The new center will be 45,000 square feet, 6,000 square feet larger than his current facility, Chief Executive Officer Rob Brandt said.
It was funded in large part by $38 million in USDA Rural Development loan funding.
“Without this loan, we couldn’t have done it,” Brandt said. “It was our only means and ability to make it happen.”
He said local taxes would not be used. Blunt said the USDA offers better rates than the market. He added that the necessary capital for the project has already been secured.
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“We’ve had a lot of support for this project,” Brandt said, adding that White Sulfur Springs is a tourism-influenced community and people who work at Bozeman are moving in.
The new facility is scheduled to open in early 2025. It was designed by Infusion Architects and Sletten Construction was chosen as the builder.
The new Mountain View Medical Center has 25 inpatient beds, including seven acute care beds, and will provide much-needed acute and nursing home care services to approximately 1,900 Ma County residents. said the person. Its design features a central circulation corridor that allows easy navigation, overflow patient waiting, and access to segregated public and patient departments. Brandt said the medical center also draws people from surrounding counties who live near White Sulfur Springs.
The current facility has served the community for nearly 70 years.
Brandt said Mountain View is a “unique animal” in that it offers many of the same services as larger hospitals, adding that it’s equidistant from Helena, Bozeman and Great Falls.
The goal is for residents not to have to travel for most services.
The USDA Rural Development Fund helps finance the construction costs and upgrades of furniture, fixtures and equipment.
Such loans have helped build medical facilities in rural areas of the region, such as the Beartooth Billings Clinic in Red Lodge and Livingston Healthcare in Livingston.
According to the hospital’s website, Mountain View began in 1952 when a group met to discuss building a hospital under a program that would qualify as a Blue Cross/Blue Shield facility. Initially he opened in 1953, but hospital officials had to negotiate to get a resident doctor. The hospital then opened for business in his 1957.
We currently have 46 full-time employees, 2 doctors and 2 physician assistants, for a total of 75 staff.
Brandt said the current building has undergone some remodeling and renovations, but has stalled due to lack of space.
“We need a space to care for the community,” he said.
Brandt said the new location will allow the hospital to move into a space where the campus has room to expand over time.
Senator Jon Tester (Democratic Montana) said the funding was a result of the 2018 Farm Bill.
“If we want rural Montana to remain vibrant, we must continue to invest in critical infrastructure such as hospitals and schools to strengthen our communities,” Tester said in a news release.
The goal of this project is to support the transition to more outpatient-centered care, replace existing outdated facilities that have been in use for over 70 years, and provide quality care to citizens in this rural area of Montana. keep doing it.
Funding will come through three USDA Rural Development Loans, Tester’s office said.
• $30,000,000 Rural Development Guarantee Loan
• $5,250,000 Direct Loans for Community Facilities
• $3,000,000 Direct Loans for Community Facilities
Many of Montana’s rural hospitals were built in the 1950s and 1960s with federal funds allocated by the Hilburton Act, according to a March 10 project announcement on the medical center’s website. .
“Hospitals in Montana are aging faster than any other hospital in the nation,” Bob Olsen, interim CEO of the Montana Hospital Association, said in a post. – An efficient approach to maintaining a safe environment for community health services. It is also a great opportunity for these hospitals to update their facilities to better meet the needs of their communities. This often includes a focus on outpatient services and the flexibility to adapt to changing community needs over time. ”
Alaina Morrison, president of the Marger County Chamber of Commerce, said she supports the hospital but could not comment on how the community feels.
“I’m always in favor of progress,” she said.
She said community concerns about higher taxes were not valid. Brandt said the new facility will not use local taxes.
Morrison said building a new hospital is definitely not negative.
“Even just building it would be good for business in terms of people staying and working here,” she said.
For more information, please visit https://www.mvmc.org/.
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