In 1922, Martin Barrett built the main building of "Barrett Hospital" in Dillon for $100,000. Joseph Shineberger and Margaret Roe also contributed $50,000 to create an endowed fund. The curtains were made by the Ladies of the St. James Guild, the table linens were sewn by the Methodist Ladies Aid Society and the Methodist Sunday School furnished canned fruit, vegetables and jellies. Hospital garments were sewn by the Ladies of St. Rose and towels for the operating room were hemmed by the Presbyterian Ladies. Other community donors furnished rooms, provided specific pieces of equipment and contributed financially to the construction and furnishings.
This is an accounting of the original Barrett Hospital grand opening in 1922, which is taken from "A History of Healthcare in Beaverhead County". This publication details the very first settlers to the county and the physicians who traveled through or set up in the Beaverhead, centennial, and Big Hole Valleys.â€¨â€¨The original Barrett Hospital served the community for 50 years, and a replacement facility was completed in 1972. It underwent several extensive renovations, additions and upgrades over the next 39 years.
Today, Barrett Hospital & HealthCare has a modern facility completed in 2012, with a team of Physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners, more than 40 nurses and more than 275 employees that provide services to more than 12,000 people in our service area.
Barrett Hospital & HealthCare is a Critical Access Hospital in Dillon, Montana. In 2012 we moved into our new state of the art facility.
Dillon is a picture perfect small town nestled on the high desert plain among surrounding mountains with an average of 325 days of sunshine yearly. Dillon was rated one of “America’s Prettiest Towns” by Forbes Magazine in 2010. At 5,102 feet of elevation, the area offers year round beautiful weather and sunshine. The community is an outdoor paradise for blue ribbon fly fishing, world class hunting, hiking-trailheads to national forests and wilderness, cross country and downhill skiing, horseback riding, PRCA rodeo weekends, the famous Ratpod and many other winter and summer activities.
Dillon is just a few hours away from the amenities of larger cities such as Bozeman, Missoula and Helena, yet far away enough to wave at strangers on the road and to be able to witness a universe of stars at night. The endless sky provides ample comfort and beauty, as do many of the surrounding attractions like Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.Great schools right up to the university level, champion sports teams, our own YMCA, award winning medical facilities; all under the pristine Big Sky!
Beaverhead County High School is one of the few schools in Montana to receive the distinguished Great Schools Rating of 10 out of 10. Our students test well above state averages in reading, math and science and their reputation for athletics and extracurricular activities is reflective of a community that embraces strong family values.
Dillon is a family place. Our community benefits from generations that settled here and continue to thrive. It is a place where people of all ages find the best in life, and where everyone feels like they matter. But you don’t have to tell people that, they can feel it. So bring your family, or start it here. Chances are you will stay.
Barrett Hospital & HealthCare
Dillon, Montana ranked
Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the United States by the NationalRural Health Association