Broadwater Health Center to join Billings Clinic

The Broadwater Health Center Board of Directors has voted unanimously to pursue a partnership with Billings Clinic to help stabilize and advance local health care for the community of Townsend and Broadwater County. "Our Board recognized the depth and breadth of experience Billings Clinic has as a Montana-based health system with multiple affiliated critical access hospitals" said Brad Campbell, Chair of Broadwater Health Center's Board of Directors. "They have an impressive and proven track record of delivering on their commitment to help sustain care in smaller communities like ours - at a time when rural hospitals across the county are threatened".

A community governed not-for-profit organization, Billings Clinic is Montana's largest health system and is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Billings Clinic is affiliated with twelve critical access hospitals in Montana and northern Wyoming and is a co-owner of Community Medical Center in Missoula. They also have branch clinics in multiple locations and are expanding in Bozeman with planned construction of the first phase of a new medical center on a 58 acre site in west Bozeman.

"Billings Clinic has great success keeping health care in rural communities - bringing in specialists to provide care close to home and helping return patients to their home communities after hospitalization" Campbell shared. "We are excited to have those capabilities in Townsend, along with Bilings Clinic's long standing experience with clinical integration in small communities."  Keith Cook, Billings Clinic board member, stated "One thing we know will ensure BHC's future success is continued community engagement and involvement. We look forward to working closely with the BHC board and all community members to help us partner for success."

The two organizations have signed a Letter Of Intent with a plan to finalize their arrangement in the next 90 days. During this time, Billings Clinic will help support BHC's operations. "Our initial plans include growing the medical staff, seeking new opportunities for expanded clinical services and assessing facility needs" said Dr. Clint Seger, Chief Medical Officer of the Region for Billings Clinic. "The Townsend area has so many opportunities to have a thriving hospital and clinic."

During the 90 day period both parties will work closely together to help stabilize the organization. Broadwater Health Center's Board has been exploring partnership opportunities with several organizations over the past year and recently invited Billings Clinic into the discussion. "We believe this gives us the best opportunity to have an increased level of home town care for the patients we serve" Campbell added. "Our discussions have also included ways to collaborate and coordinate with our neighboring health care organizations."