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Licensure and Accreditation: Community Medical Center is licensed (No. 8223) as a hospital by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, and is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Services and Specialties: Services at Community Medical Center include:

  • 24-hour, physician-staffed emergency department
  • acute medical and surgical hospital
  • adult intensive care
  • pediatric intensive care
  • obstetrics
  • neonatal intensive care
  • pediatrics
  • laboratory services
  • radiology services
  • nuclear medicine
  • respiratory therapy
  • Joint Reconstruction Center
  • The Montana Heart Center
  • Montana Breast Health
  • Community Rehabilitation Center
  • primary care and specialty providers

Community Medical Center is the only facility providing obstetrical and newborn care in Missoula County. In addition, it is one of only three facilities in the state offering high-risk obstetrical care and neonatal intensive care. It is a referral center, receiving mothers and infants from throughout western Montana and Idaho. Maternal and neonatal emergency transport services are available.

Community Medical Center is the only hospital in western Montana that has a separate Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for kids.

Community Medical Center's Rehabilitation Center is the largest, most comprehensive and longest-standing program of its kind in the state of Montana. It is noted for its brain and spinal cord injury, as well as stroke and orthopedic rehab programs. It includes a residential and transitional living and day treatment program for brain injury survivors.

Location: Community Medical Center is located on a 45-acre campus in Missoula, Montana. Missoula is a thriving community of 90,000, nestled in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Missoula is the region's major medical and retail center, with a cultural diversity unique to a city of its size, as well as unlimited outdoor recreation for every season. It is home to The University of Montana. Missoula is the focal point of five valleys, and major north-south and east-west highways pass through. Missoula International Airport is served by daily flights on several national airlines.

Governance and History: Community Medical Center, a not-for-profit corporation, is owned by the community of Missoula and is governed by a 17-member Board of Directors. A ten-member Senior Leadership Team oversees daily operation, assisted by a Leadership Council of Directors and Managers. Steve Carlson is chief executive officer and president.

In 1922 Dr. Will Thornton and Dr. Charles Thornton established the 42-bed Thornton Hospital. A Community non-profit corporation was formed in 1947, and the proceeds from a fund drive were used to purchase the existing private hospital facility, which was renamed Memorial Hospital. The name was changed to Missoula Community Hospital in 1960 and to Community Medical Center in 1988. The new hospital facility was opened in April 1972. Physician office centers were built in 1978, 1983, and 1995. A 32-bed addition for inpatient comprehensive medical rehabilitation was added in 1990. An outpatient surgery center opened in 1999. Community Physician Group Walk-In Clinic located at Northgate Plaza provides care on a walk-in basis for minor illness and injury.

Beds: Community Medical Center is licensed for 146 acute-care beds, which includes:

Medical/Surgical 48
Medical/Surgical - Pediatric 14
Obstetrics 21
ICCU - Pediatric 4
Neonate ICU 16
Rehabilitation 12

Insurance Plan Affiliations: Most insurance plans are accepted, and Community Medical Center is approved for participation in Medicare and Medicaid. Check with you insurance plan carrier to confirm your coverage.

Geographic Service Area: Community Medical Center provides its services to everyone. Sixty-five percent of all inpatients come from Missoula County, with another 21% from neighboring Ravalli (to the south) and Lake (to the north) Counties. Another 11% originate from other western Montana counties, with 1% from the rest of Montana and 2% from out of state.

Patients Served: Almost 6,000 inpatients are admitted to Community Medical Center each year. Over 151,000 outpatient services are provided annually, and more than 97,000 visits are made to our physicians.

Staff: Community Medical Center employs over 1,100 people (868 FTEs), with an annual payroll of over $38 million.

Medical Staff: Community Medical Center's Medical Staff includes 300 physicians and 57 allied health staff.

Community Health Improvement: The Community Health program at Community Medical Center meets our mission to "...improve the health of the people in our region through exceptional care and service" by evaluating the health and social needs of the community, developing programs to address those needs, and demonstrating our social responsibility to the Missoula community. Our current projects focus on school health services and health education, as well as efforts to increase access to healthcare for the un- and underinsured, to maximize their health and quality of life. The Community Health program collaborates with other local providers and agencies to improve the health of the community.