Big Sky Providers Reach Out In West Yellowstone

03-23-2016

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.”

In The News

Read our blog to see the latest happenings!

View Details

Featured Events

Sign up for a class or event.

Read More

Our Physicians

Search our physician directory.

More Info