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St. Peter's Health

St. Peter's Health is investing $10 million in its new Townsend Clinic and plans to break ground in the spring of 2020.

Earlier this year, St. Peter's purchased a 3.29 acre parcel of land on Highway 287 between the Family Dollar and the Townsend Post Office.

It plans to open a 3,000-square-foot temporary clinic on the site before the permanent facility is built.

"It's closer to home for those patients" in Broadwater County, said Kendra Lenhardt, director of clinic operations at St. Peter's Health

The temporary clinic will offer scheduled and walk-in appointments with a primary care provider.

"The intent in the permanent structure is to have a primary care clinic, urgent care and specialists rotate through Townsend," Lenhardt said, adding that X-rays, ultrasound and a comprehensive lab would also be located in the health center.

"We're beginning the process of what that looks like," Lenhardt said about outfitting the new clinic. "We're bringing all key members of St. Peter's to the table."

Andrea Groom, vice president of communications at St. Peter's, said the temporary clinic would be separate from the permanent clinic, but might gain permanency itself.

"It's too early to tell if we'll be keeping it on the site," Groom said.

In April, St. Peter's Health and Broadwater Health Center in Townsend announced that they had signed a letter of intent to consider an institutional affiliation. That plan fell through, however, and the Broadwater Health Center's board of directors unanimously voted to pursue a partnership with Billings Clinic instead. 

Lenhardt said Broadwater Health Center's plans won't affect St. Peter's. 

"It doesn't change our long-term strategy to expand into rural communities," Lenhardt said.

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Crime and Health Reporter

Crime and health reporter for the Helena Independent Record.

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