Community Medical Center (CMC), part of Lifepoint Health, is pleased to announce the investment of $17.9 million dollars to build a new cardiovascular center. The project, which includes a new 19,015 square foot expansion and renovation of the current heart and vascular center, is slated to break ground this fall and will take approximately two years to complete.
“This is truly an exciting time for Community Medical Center and the entire region we serve. This project ensures patients in Missoula and the surrounding areas have greater access to timely cardiac interventions. The new building and growth of our cardiovascular service line is a demonstration of our commitment to expanding access to services and investing in new technology and capabilities to meet the needs of our growing community, “ said Bob Gomes, Chief Executive Officer of CMC.
The new, expanded center will be located adjacent to the current heart and vascular center on the Community Medical Center campus off South Ave. It will include a distinct non-invasive cardiovascular diagnostic testing area, space for two cardiac catheterization labs, ten new exam rooms and expanded physician office and clinical support areas. It will house most of the services offered by Billings Clinic Heart and Vascular, a partnership between Billings Clinic and Community Medical Center to provide full-time interventional and clinical cardiology services, including 24/7 STEMI coverage, electrophysiology and cardiac ultrasound services.
Community Medical Center is the only hospital in Western Montana that is an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the American College of Cardiology. CMC’s Cardiologists provide interventional & non-invasive heart and vascular care to patients in Missoula. They also provide preventive care and management of chronic heart conditions from satellite locations in Deer Lodge, Polson, Ronan, Superior & Stevensville.
“This new, modern facility will not only ensure we can address the growing need for cardiovascular services and technologies in our communities, it also helps us to attract top physicians to our program to serve the heart care needs of our patients and our community,” said Billings Clinic Heart and Vascular interventional cardiologist, Dr. Douglas Waldo.
“At Community Medical Center, our mission is making communities healthier. Part of that mission is providing increased access to healthcare technologies to the communities we serve. In addition to the announcement of our new cardiovascular center, we are excited about our expanded and remodeled Emergency Department, which is set to open this summer. Along with these facility expansions, we are also expanding our services and hiring new physicians and support staff,” said Community Medical Center CEO, Bob Gomes. “We are proud to be part of this community and want to ensure we not only meet the current needs of Montanans, but also to ensure we are well placed to meet the future demand.”
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