Community Medical, Providence to build new rehabilitation hospital

Community Medical, Providence to build new rehabilitation hospital

Community Medical Center and Providence St. Patrick Hospital have announced a joint venture to build and operate a new patient rehabilitation hospital in Missoula.

The new, freestanding facility will help meet the community’s growing need for specialized rehabilitation services. Upon completion of this project, Community Medical Center will transition its existing inpatient rehabilitation program to the new rehabilitation hospital, and Providence St. Patrick Hospital will provide additional clinical services and administrative support.

“Community Medical Center, named the #1 Rehabilitation Hospital in Montana by U.S. News & World Report, is a leader in inpatient rehabilitation for patients throughout western Montana and northern Idaho. With Montana’s growing and aging population, we recognized the need for additional capacity and specialization,” said Bonnie Stephens, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Community Medical Center. “A standalone rehabilitation hospital will allow more patients to receive intensive rehabilitation services right here in Missoula. We are excited to partner with Providence St. Patrick Hospital to leverage our shared resources to best serve patients in the region as they recover from illness or injury.”

The new rehabilitation hospital will provide intensive nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy services to adults recovering from conditions such as stroke, neurological disease, brain or spinal cord injury and other debilitating diseases or injuries. By investing in advanced technology, adaptive units, multidisciplinary therapy gyms and more, the partners will be able to provide highly specialized care that meets the unique needs of each patient.

“Our goal has been to expand access to specialty care in the Missoula community, and today we are taking a significant step forward,” said William J. (Bill) Calhoun, CEO of Providence Montana. “Through our partnership with Community Medical Center, we are not only establishing a new facility, but we are expanding a system of care that will provide our patients with the individualized rehabilitation care they need.”

When completed, the rehabilitation hospital will be the first freestanding rehabilitation hospital in Missoula.

About Community Medical Center

Community Medical Center is a health care delivery system for adults and children located in Missoula, Montana and is part of Lifepoint Health and Billings Clinic. Community Medical Center is proud to be the only hospital in Montana to earn the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for advanced certification in perinatal care, Western Montana’s only Chest Pain Accreditation, and the Cancer Center is accredited by the Commission on Cancer for advanced clinical care, scientific research and technological invention. For more information about Community Medical Center, call (406) 728-4100 or visit For more information about Lifepoint Health, visit

About Providence St. Patrick Hospital

Providence has a long tradition of caring for Montanans since the Sisters of Providence arrived in 1864. St. Patrick Hospital is a regional tertiary care center that operates the region’s only Level II Trauma Center and Centers of Excellence for cardiac and stroke programs. St. Pat’s offers general acute inpatient services, surgical specialties such as cardiac and orthopedics, labor and delivery, cancer treatment, and neuroscience services. The hospital is the anchor hospital in the largest health network in Western Montana, which includes more than 40 clinics, 2,500 employees, and a Critical Access Hospital in Polson, Montana.