Efforts by Bozeman Health to expand access to excellent health care throughout
Gallatin Valley haven’t ended with the opening of the new Big Sky
Medical Center. BSMC physicians also offer their medical expertise in
the southern end of the county on a weekly basis.
Every Tuesday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, one of the five BSMC doctors holds clinic
within the offices of Community Health Partners (CHP) in West Yellowstone.
Drs. Phil Hess, Jeremy Mitchell, Kirk Weber, Mark Siemer and Maren Dunn
Chandler are the only physicians currently practicing medicine in the
town, joining Erin Bevan, FNP, the full-time nurse practitioner on staff at CHP.
“CHP is doing a very good job with the resources they have available,”
said Dr. Mitchell. “We provide additional support for the services
already there. We offer assistance with complex cases, or provide more
advanced primary care than a nurse practitioner may typically offer.”
According to CHP director Buck Taylor, Bevan handles the vast majority
of patients that come through the door at CHP, and her care is complemented
by what the BSMC physicians can offer. Since there are no other medical
services in West Yellowstone, Dr. Mitchell said he and his colleagues
see some patients who should be seen in an emergency department, and have
sent several patients by ambulance up to Big Sky.
“We see a lot,” he said, “from bloody noses to big lacerations,
fractures to acute gall bladder.” Along with healthcare, offering
health education is also part of the goal, and the physicians spend part
of their time with patients toward that end. They also stay in regular
communication with Bevan, who calls or texts the BSMC providers with questions,
and sends patients up to Big Sky for further treatment.
“I went into medicine to help people,” Dr. Mitchell added,
“so it’s nice to do outreach to very rural areas that have
limited health care.”