Beartooth Billings Clinic is a community-owned hospital that relies on: fees for services rendered, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and private insurance reimbursement. The hospital does not receive any tax dollars, subsidies from other health care institutions, or special government funding.
Because we’re a designated Critical Access Hospital, we are part of a large network of rural hospitals all across the U.S. who bring a special blend of services to the heartland of this great nation. Red Lodge, a “family town” of about 2,500, is the county seat for Carbon County, Montana, and is one of the most beautiful gateways to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton region.
In November of 2010, Beartooth Billings Clinic moved to its new medical campus located at the north entrance to Red Lodge on Highway 212, at 2525 North Broadway. This state-of-the-art health facility is a striking new criterion in rural medicine – it brings together the traditional services of a Critical Access Hospital and a physician practice.
The term “Critical Access Hospital” is a Medicare designation, meaning that Beartooth and other similarly-designated hospitals operate under certain flexible Medicare rules designed to improve their financial performance. Beartooth continues to do well as a Critical Access Hospital, serving as a leader in the region.
In 2002, Beartooth formed a management agreement with Billings Clinic, which grew into a Definitive agreement in 2009, allowing for the addition of three Billings Clinic representatives to our Governing Board. Together, in the spirit of partnership, we face an exciting future. As we grow and benefit from changes and improvements, Beartooth remains much the same: it is still a community hospital – your community hospital – and it receives no funding from any other hospital, nor from taxes.
Beartooth is one of only nine Montana hospitals to have received the 2014 Stroke Recognition Award from the Cardiovascular Health Program within the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). The Stroke Recognition Award singles out Critical Access Hospitals that demonstrate that they have the infrastructure and commitment to provide high quality care for patients with acute stroke.Receiving the Stroke Recognition confirms that Beartooth Billings Clinic meets high standards related to the utilization of evidence-based stroke order-sets and protocols, the availability of laboratory and radiology services 24/7 and administrative commitment to treating acute stroke patients.
Beartooth received a Quality Award from the Montana Health Research and Education Foundation Performance Improvement Network (PIN) for work performed over the 2013-14 reporting period to improve Emergency Department transfer communication with tertiary care facilities in Billings, thus improving the quality of care provided to patients.The receipt of the award required significant improvement in at least two of the measures within the communication study
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services once again re-designated Beartooth Billings Clinic (Beartooth) as a Montana Trauma Receiving Facility (TRF). Trauma facility designation is a title provided for by Montana statute and conducted every three years by the EMS and Trauma Systems Section of the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). Beartooth has maintained its TRF certification status since its original designation in 2008.
The recertification report cited Beartooth’s strengths in the trauma care environment, which are a committed Trauma Medical Director (Billy Oley, MD) and Trauma Coordinator (Chris Benton, RN); an excellent facility, collaboration of local fire, police, EMS and ski patrol; active participation in state and regional trauma system; disaster preparedness/decontamination facilities; excellent nursing and provider education; and finally, excellent injury prevention programs.
Association 2014 Karas Service Award was presented to Jim Noe, who has given so much of his time to voluntary service, not only to Beartooth, but to the community. He has served as an EMT with Red Lodge Fire Rescue, in addition to giving his time to a number of civic organizations as well as Beartooth Billings Clinic. Jim was elected to the Governing Board of the Memorial Hospital Association in 2005, serving faithfully for nine years. His tenure spanned the planning, financing, and relocation to the new Critical Access Hospital that serves us today.