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Kalispell Regional Healthcare opens first-of-its kind pediatric facility in Montana

Finding local, high-quality specialized medical care for a seriously or chronically ill child can be one of the most daunting challenges in an already gut-wrenching scenario. For many families in Montana, that used to mean traveling out of state, causing more stress and financial hardship in an already difficult situation.

Not anymore. That’s because Kalispell Regional Healthcare, one of the largest and fastest-growing health systems in Western Montana, has announced the opening of Montana Children’s, the first children’s pediatric facility of its kind to open in Montana. Montana Children’s began treating patients in its new $60-million, three-story, 190,000 square-foot facility on July 1, 2019.

Montana Children’s brings together all the high-level pediatric specialists, some not found anywhere else in the state, to serve patients in an advanced facility designed especially for children and their families. More than 100 pediatric/family medicine primary care providers and more than 40 pediatric subspecialties, including cardiology, critical care, dentistry, endocrinology, gastroenterology, maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology and hematology, psychiatry, radiology, sleep medicine, surgery, among others, are members of the pediatric medical staff.

The new facility’s first floor opened on July 1 and the second and third floors will open in later phases in the coming years. The first phase includes a 12-bed pediatric unit, a 6-bed pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and a 12-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). All rooms are designed for maximum privacy with a home-like comfort and large enough to accommodate overnight family members who want to be with their children. The NICU has dedicated sleeping rooms for parents who want to be close to their babies but need rest away from the sounds of medical monitors. Both the PICU and NICU each have a dedicated family room equipped with a seating area, TV, full kitchen, washer, dryer and showers to provide families with the comforts of home.

“Our staff has eagerly awaited the day that we can welcome children into the new facility and care for them in an environment built especially for their needs,” says Jason Spring, administrator of Montana Children’s. “We are leading Montana in providing services that traditionally kids and families have had to travel out of state to get and are incredibly excited to share this facility with the community. Montana Children’s isn’t just a health care facility, it is a place where children can feel at home, feel at ease, and feel cared for — in an environment made just for them.”

Set on the campus of Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, Montana, the new children’s facility will eventually house many pediatric physicians, including the largest team of pediatric subspecialists in the state of Montana.

“Before the pediatric program started at KRH in 2015, thousands of children were forced to leave the state annually to seek pediatric specialty medical care,” says Federico G. Seifarth, MD, FAAP, FACS, pediatric surgeon and medical director of Montana Children’s. “Our new hospital will serve families across Montana. By providing care to patients close to home we aim to make children and families more comfortable and allow access to pediatric specialized care to everybody.”

For more information on Montana Children’s, please visit montanachildrens.org.