Take no prisoners?

Montana State Roundup

Published November 1, 2002  | November 2002 issue

Northwest Montana hospitals are in a building and renovation boom. While many of the state's 60 hospitals were built in the 1950s and '60s, new technology and increased health care demands are driving the infrastructure upgrade. However, the building boom is occurring mainly in northwestern communities, reflecting the population growth in that part of the state reported in the 2000 census. For example:

  • Kalispell Regional Medical Center has a $45 million expansion plan.
  • Whitefish's North Valley Hospital plans to build a new hospital for up to $21 million.
  • In Ronan, the St. Luke Community Healthcare Network began a $5 million expansion in 1998 and built a satellite clinic in Polson in 2001.
  • St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson dedicated $11 million to remodeling.

And, as a result of a reportedly high rate of lung abnormalities linked to asbestos exposure from the W.R. Grace vermiculite mine in Libby, St. John's Lutheran Hospital is building a $3.5 million expansion, driven by the need for facilities to treat asbestos-related disease.

Kathy Cobb