Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:52 PM by Judy Slate - MTN News
BIG SKY - Big Sky is getting its own hospital and the Big Sky Medical Center will offer more than just convenient care.
Rain and snow didn't keep a large crowd of Big Sky residents from flocking into a tent to celebrate the beginning, the groundbreaking, of their new medical center.
Chairman of the Board at Bozeman Deaconess, Terry Cunningham said, "Instead of taking an unpredictable ride in an unpredictable canyon with construction and bad weather, you're going to be able to get diagnosed right here in Big Sky."
The new medical center will be part of Bozeman Deaconess' health services and will offer a wide range of diagnostic testing and eventually expanded primary care for everyone.
"So whether you're a big operator or a lift operator, this is your hospital," Cunningham said.
Big Sky resident Babs Vanyo said, "I think the whole community has sort of said the right words - game changer."
And that is because in addition to healthcare in Big Sky, "It brings professionals into the community, who'd like to be here full time, encourages all families to stay and raise their children here," Vanyo said.
A win-win for the community, the Big Sky Medical Center will cost $20 million, which will include employee housing. It's set to open in the late summer or fall of 2015.