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Bozeman Deaconess On Track For Big Sky Hospital

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BIG SKY, Mont. -

Bozeman Deaconess Health Services is right on target to open a hospital in Big Sky next year.

This comes just days after Billings Clinic announced they will no longer move forward with efforts to build a clinic there.

Bozeman Deaconess Health Service officials said construction on the acute care hospital is set to begin in June in Big Sky's Town Center.

"We are scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2015," said Cheryl Ridgely, Bozeman Deaconess Health Services Chief Strategy Development Officer.

Monday evening, Bozeman Deaconess Health officials informed the Big Sky community the progress they've made on the Big Sky Medical Center.

People in Big Sky got to see the final design of the hospital tonight, which will include a heli-stop for air ambulances, a mobile MRI and a CT scanner.

Ridgely said they looked at the future growth of the town of Big Sky as they designed the hospital.

"We're planning growth, especially in our outpatient services," said Ridgely. "For example we've structured the facility and designed the facility for eight inpatient beds, but we are going to open with four beds."

The plan also calls for a shell space on the second floor with expansion possibilities to the east and west of the building.

Bozeman Deaconess Health professionals said they've wanted to build in Big Sky for years and decided to go forward with their plans, even though the Big Sky West Yellowstone Health Care Direction Committee selected Billings Clinic to build the new clinic over them.

But, in a turn of events, Billings Clinic announced Friday it will not build a hospital there.

Ridgely said she isn't surprised.

"We've been planning this facility all along, we've been proceeding on course so we've never had any deviation to build a facility here," said Ridgely.

Ridgely said the hospital will update the Big Sky community about every three months on the progress of design and construction.

She also added it was just a coincidence Monday's meeting was held just three days after the announcement from Billings Clinic.

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