September 11, 2019
St. Peter’s Health has announced the location for its new clinic in Townsend, Mont. The regional community health system has purchased a 3.29 acre parcel of land between the Family Dollar and Townsend Post Office on Highway 287. A temporary clinic will open to patients by the first quarter of 2020, and a permanent facility is slated to open in 2021.
“We’re thrilled to be opening this new facility to better serve our patients in Townsend by bringing their care closer to home,” said St. Peter’s Health CEO Wade Johnson. “We’ve been serving Broadwater County for over a hundred years, and we have thousands of patients who drive into Helena for their care. Our new clinic will make it possible for them to continue receiving the same high quality care and access to important medical services, without leaving their local community.”
Initial plans call for the installation of a temporary medical modular facility while the organization constructs a permanent clinic. The temporary clinic will be housed in a new medical modular building with approximately 3,000 square feet of clinic space. Patients will be able to access walk-in and appointment-based primary care services as well as lab services, diagnostic imaging services like x-ray and ultrasound, and a variety of rotating specialty services that are to be determined.
St. Peter’s Health plans to break ground on the construction of a permanent facility in spring 2020, expanding the services to include urgent care, more specialties, and comprehensive laboratory and advanced imaging services as part of the initial phase. Altogether, St. Peter’s expects to invest close to $10 million during this initial phase.
According to Johnson, St. Peter’s has several doctors and other health care professionals in Helena who are looking forward to seeing patients in Townsend. The organization is already in the process of recruiting at least one primary care physician who will live and work full-time in the Townsend community.
“With our proximity to Townsend and history of providing care for these residents, we feel strongly that St. Peter’s Health is best positioned to invest in and support the local community’s needs,” said Johnson. “As we move forward, we will continue to engage the community as we expand and evolve the local health care services.”
St. Peter’s Health welcomes community feedback and questions. Inquiries can be sent to TownsendClinic@sphealth.org.