Logan Health Chester

Logan Health Chester provides a variety of health care services to Liberty County and the surrounding area. Our medical staff includes expert providers, and consulting doctors. We are a 25-bed critical access hospital facility that is Medicare and Medicaid approved. We are staffed 24 hours a day by licensed nurses.

We are a very important part of the economic, employment, and social structure of the area we serve. We are proud to provide stability to Chester and the surrounding area by employing 112 Chester and surrounding area people.   We provide a valuable resource in providing our area with quality, reasonable, and expert care close to home.

Because of the tremendous support we receive from our community, our directors, our exceptional staff, and talented medical providers, we believe we continue the tradition of being an exceptional rural hospital in Montana.

Our History
Leadership
Community Health Needs Assessment

Logan Health Chester is a 25-bed critical access hospital that serves communities along Montana’s Hi-Line.  Emergency services are available 24/7 and we are designated as a trauma receiving facility by the State of Montana.  20 of our beds are considered non-skilled beds (long term).  The remaining beds are reserved for inpatients or skilled patients.  Skilled patients are those that require skilled services such as Physical and/or Occupational Therapy after a serious illness or surgery.  We have 4 additional beds that may be used as observation beds for those patients just needing an overnight stay.  We offer colonoscopies, echocardiograms, physical and occupational therapy.  Logan Health Chester  also offers full lab and radiology services including MRI, CT, Ultrasound, DEXA scans and mammograms. Logan Health Chester  is dedicated to quality and remarkable care for every person, every day.

Medical Staff

Patrick Armstrong, PA-C

Family Medicine
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Tim Blair, FNP-BC

Family Medicine
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Gladys Young, MD

Family Medicine
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Darren Young, PA-C

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Emergency Department

Logan Health Chester's emergency room services and on call medical provider services are available 24 hours a day. Our medical providers have each obtained certification in adult and pediatric life support and advanced trauma life support. Logan Health Chester is a designated Level IV Trauma Center, the 2nd facility in the state to receive this designation.

Trauma Receiving Facility

As a Trauma Receiving Facility, Logan Health Chester provides initial evaluation, stabilization, diagnostic capabilities, and transfer to a higher level of care as needed.  A trauma-trained nurse is immediately available, and an Advanced Trauma Life Support provider is available upon the patient's arrival to the Emergency Department.  A transfer agreement exists with Benefis, a Level II Trauma Center, when conditions warrant a transfer.

Cardiac Stabilization

Logan Health Chester offers cardiac stabilizing, thrombolytic capabilities and transport through the Liberty County EMS. We also have the ability to provide ambulatory cardiac monitoring to our patients. Holter monitoring, EKG's and cardiac stress tests are also provided with a physician's order.

Ambulance Services

Logan Health Chester's service are run by the county fire department using volunteers certified in advanced first aid or as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). The ambulance is available 24 hours a day by calling 911 or 759-5171.

Inpatient Services

Inpatient services are available at Logan Health Chester 24 hours a day. We provide cardiac monitoring, intravenous therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy consultations, and pharmacy services. Our acute care rooms are beautifully decorated to provide a comfortable healing environment.

Long Term Care

Logan Health Chester has 21 dedicated long term care beds which are home to skilled and intermediate care patients.  These rooms are primarily single occupancy, and have recently been remodeled.  Nursing staff is on site 24 hours a day, with a medical provider on call and readily available at all times.  Meals and snacks, laundry, and housekeeping are provided.  Organized activities take place seven days a week, and a Restorative Care Program promotes maintaining and improving function.  Visitors are welcome and encouraged to participate in the life of their special person.

Skilled Swing Bed

What is a Skilled Swing Bed?  Medicare permits certain small rural hospitals to use its beds as needed, either for acute care or skilled care, hence the term “Swing Bed,” as physicians may “swing” patients from one level of care to another while staying in the same facility. Be aware that Swing Bed programs differ from one facility to another. 

If you find yourself needing time to recover from a surgery, illness or injury, a Skilled Swing Bed program allows you to recover in a hospital setting versus a nursing home. In the hospital, you have easy access to skilled nursing care, rehab, and therapy programs. The goal of a Swing Bed program is to assist you or your loved one with your recovery and become as independent as possible before discharge. The Logan Health Chester Swing Bed program aims to provide this high quality care close to home. 

The staff and medical team at Logan Health Chester  are committed to providing quality skilled nursing care post-surgery or hospitalization.  As often in rural areas, our patients receive surgical interventions a long distance from home.  We have the ability to help these patients rehabilitate close to loved ones in a quality caring environment.  

We offer uniquely structured team-based medical care.  Patients are rounded on daily and providers meet on a daily basis with care teams to discuss each patient’s individual needs and goals.  This continuity of care enables our patients to recover and flourish knowing our team is behind them every step of the way. Moreover, our nurse to patient ratio is 1:3; enabling our expert nursing staff to better care for our patients in a safe environment.  In addition, our physical therapy department works closely with team members to ensure patients are getting the best therapy possible on a consistent basis.

Our skilled nursing suites offer large, newly remodeled rooms complete with private bathrooms and comfortable space for family. No visiting hour restrictions and a home-like environment make the transition from surgery to home a positive and enriching experience.  

If you or a loved one is undergoing surgery or other treatments and will need recovery time in a hospital, please contact our Skilled Swing Bed program at 406-759-6982 and more information.  We are committed to providing quality compassionate care close to home for all our community members across the region.  

Therapy

Liberty Medical Center’s therapy team is an integral part of both the outpatient and inpatient spectrum of care.  Our therapists add a multi-disciplinary approach to our services at LMC through professional, efficient, and quality care. 

Physical Therapy

According to the American Academy of Physical Therapy, Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.

Occupational Therapy

According to the American Academy of Occupational Therapy, occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. 

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:
  • An individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • Customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  • An outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan. 
Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science. 

Our Therapy Staff
Kevin Criswell
DPT
Kerry Mattson
PTA
Sally Scott
DPT
Krista Keiper
OT
Alicia Riggin
PT Aide

Radiology

Logan Health Chester's radiology department provides a full array of on-site 24 hour diagnostic services.  Logan Health Chester uses Phillips PACS technology. Patient images are captured and stored electronically, eliminating the need for film. This also results in sharper, clearer images than films used in the past.  These images are immediately available for interpretation by a radiologist.  Furthermore, your healthcare provider can easily consult with a surgeon or specialist for a rapid diagnosis and treatment plan all from their respective offices.

Laboratory

The Laboratory Department provides services in blood bank, chemistry, coagulation, hematology, immunochemistry, microbiology, microscopy, point-of-care testing, serology, special chemistry, urinalysis and EKGs. We also offer drug screening, breath alcohol testing, and therapeutic phlebotomies by appointment. We are staffed 24 hours for inpatient and emergencies.

Open:
Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm

Contact Info:
315 West Madison
Chester, MT 59522
(406) 759-5181

Additional Information: 
When you come for your lab test, be sure to bring the order from your provider and your insurance card. Fasting: The lab defines fasting as no food or drink (water is OK and encouraged) for 12 hours before the blood is drawn. Patients may still take their medication unless your provider has told you otherwise. Candy, gum, mints and coffee, should not be consumed if your labs require fasting.