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When Chet Huntley dreamed of creating a world-class resort in Big Sky, he probably didn’t consider its distance from medical care. After all, Huntley was born in a small Montana town in 1911, when healthcare in rural Montana communities was still nearly nonexistent.

But times have changed, and healthcare needs, options and expectations also have changed considerably since the first skiers hit Big Sky slopes in 1973. The opening of Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center (BSMC) in December 2015 represented important healthcare enhancements for people who live, work and visit Big Sky and southern Gallatin County.

For the first 20 years of mountain operations, save for the Big Sky Fire Department, medical care was more than 50 miles away. Dr. Jeff Daniels became the community's first local physician when he opened Medical Clinic of Big Sky at the base of the resort in 1994. Dr. Daniels and his staff were available around the clock for emergencies.

In 2003, Bozeman Health (then known as Bozeman Deaconess), began planning for a medical facility in Big Sky, in consultation with resort and business owners in the community. Two years later, Bozeman Health opened a retail pharmacy in Big Sky to meet community needs. Also in 2005, the Board approved purchase of land for the future Big Sky medical facility, and closed the deal for two acres in 2007.

As the community grew, the Board and the Simkins family, owners and developers of Big Sky’s Town Center, recognized the property wasn’t large enough to accommodate medical center expansion that likely would be needed in the future. The Simkins generously offered to swap a 7-acre parcel just east of Town Center for the hospital’s two-acre lot.

Dr. Maren Dunn Chandler brought family medicine to Big Sky in 2011 when she opened Gallatin Family Medicine to serve a town full of young families who previously had to drive to Bozeman for routine medical care. Gallatin Family Medicine joined Bozeman Health in 2015 as an affiliate provider.

The ceremonial groundbreaking for the new medical center took place on the blustery afternoon of September 30, 2013, and construction began in earnest the following spring. At the end of an intensive building effort, the new facility celebrated its grand opening with an open house on December 9, 2015, and served its first patients on opening day, December 12, 2015.

Today, five doctors are on medical staff at BSMC and its family medicine clinic. Also under the same roof are the Big Sky Pharmacy and Lone Peak Physical Therapy, making BSMC an integrated medical facility meeting many of the community’s health needs.

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