“This is the funding opportunity most closely aligned with Bozeman Health’s mission statement; to improve community health and quality of life. Breaking down barriers to healthcare access and ensuring that a major medical bill doesn’t devastate struggling families is a cause we should all rally behind.” - Terry Cunningham, Volunteer & Donor
Building the new intensive care unit (ICU) focused on critical care for our growing population of adults and seniors and Southwest Montana’s first NICU for babies in vital need of specialized care that allows families to stay close to home.
Serving our communities’ vulnerable neighbors through mission-driven services and patient financial assistance.
Establishing funds to support new equipment and treatments in cancer care and cardiac care.
Helping accelerate the pace at which new specialties and healthcare services become available in Big Sky, in addition to enabling special equipment purchases and provide for emergency simulations and scenario-based training for BSMC employees.
The secret about the unparalleled quality of life we enjoy in southwest Montana is out—and people are moving to the region in record numbers. This population growth translates to an increase in every kind of medical need one can imagine, and Bozeman Health has expanded to meet those needs. But there are those in our community who find challenges in accessing the most basic medical care for themselves and their loved ones.
These neighbors deserve the same level of access to health screenings, diagnostic tests, behavioral health and mental health services, and expert medical treatment the rest of the community enjoys. Bozeman Health realizes that it can’t truly accomplish its mission – to improve community health and quality of life – unless it endeavors to do so for every member of our community. This isn’t a mission to help just some, but to help all. That’s why Bozeman Health never turns away those who are in need of healthcare but can’t afford it.
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Recognizing that our community’s most vulnerable members often put off routine medical and behavioral health visits and screenings, Bozeman Health has taken concrete actions to address this issue. We implemented programs that eliminate barriers to accessing the best care available in the community, including:
When we offer these opportunities, we reach our neighbors who might not otherwise receive such services. Sometimes, it’s a person who has not prioritized getting screened or immunized, but when it’s made available, they take advantage of the opportunity. Other times it might be someone who doesn’t have transportation or lives in a remote location where it’s not easy to access a healthcare facility.
Our community outreach efforts involve a secondary cost to the organization—a cost above that of outreach personnel, laboratory tests, and mobile medical equipment. Bringing healthcare resources to the most vulnerable members of our community means we’re likely to reach those who don’t have insurance coverage or can’t afford the diagnostic tests and treatments prescribed as a result of screenings.
A byproduct of running a successful outreach program is that Bozeman Health experiences an influx of patients who may need financial assistance to receive the medically necessary, often life-saving care they need. When a free mammogram screening yields a suspicious image, the patient needs to be able to focus exclusively on their journey toward diagnosis, treatment, and healing. The medical bill for treatment shouldn’t be another source of stress for the patient or their family.
While Bozeman Health’s Community Outreach and Access programs have clear positive impacts on community health, they come with a steep cost for the organization. In 2014 alone, Bozeman health absorbed $12 million in uncompensated care, of which nearly $8 million helped to reduce or eliminate costs for patients facing financial hardship. As our community continues to grow we expect the need for patient financial assistance to increase.
Bozeman Health’s mission is to improve community health and quality of life. We believe that means providing high-quality healthcare for every member of our community, regardless of their ability to pay. Uncompensated patient care has grown significantly since 2010, and funds for patient financial assistance will continue to provide needed services for the most vulnerable members of our community.
Bozeman Health has created the Community Outreach and Access Fund to provide for:
We believe that neighbors helping neighbors is an integral part of our community’s culture. Your generous donation to help fund Bozeman Health’s Community Outreach and Access initiative will have an immediate and tangible impact on our community’s most vulnerable members.
Bozeman Health cares deeply for our neighbors in this special place we call home. Please join us as we seek to provide the highest quality care across the communities we proudly serve. Caring Forward: The Campaign for a Healthier Community.