avre, Montana –Northern Montana Health Care announced plans to remodel their existing Behavior Health Services Building into a Women’s & Family Health Center. Plans were announced to their Corporate Board last night at their bi-annual meeting. The 3.5 Million Dollar project should take one year to complete.
The 15,000 square foot building was built in 1990 to serve as a Chemical Dependency Unit for Northern Montana Hospital. The building had also been used as a Behavioral Health Science Unit, and currently is unused. The proposed project will combine the OB/GYN and Family Medicine practices from the current Northern Montana Medical Groups West and East.
“Having these two specialties under one roof will serve the community better.” said Wendy Wertheimer, RN, Director of Clinic Nursing. “The concept is that of a family wellness center. All of the Family Medicine and OB/GYN providers will be in the same space. This will allow the providers to practice more as a traditional group practice model rather than being in two separate buildings as they currently are. This clinic will also be physically connected to the hospital which will be extremely convenient for those family medicine and OB physicians who are frequently called out of the office to the hospital for deliveries.”
The Northern Montana Medical Group West Clinic will benefit from the extra space by expanding the current Orthopedic Surgery and Internal Medicine practices.
Clausen & Sons, of Havre, will be the General contractor for this project. The current orientation of the building will change to the west side to allow for additional parking for the clinic’s patients. The look of the remodel will resemble the recent Northern Montana Medical Group West clinic remodel. Work on the project will begin immediately.