A $1 million lead donation by Billings philanthropists Bill and Merilyn Ballard brings RiverStone Health a major step closer in its capital campaign to break ground on a new primary care clinic this spring. The donation brings the total raised to within $4 million of the campaign’s goal of $11 million.
RiverStone Health rolled out an $11 million capital campaign to build a new primary care clinic by announcing a $1 million federal grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant bolsters an additional $5 million in savings and early pledges already secured for the project. The rest is expected to come from private donations.
By Bob Marsalli, John Felton, David Mark.
Community Health Centers see every person who walks through the door, regardless of their ability to pay or their insurance status. Montana’s 17 Community Health Centers serve more than 100,000 patients at more than 60 sites across the state providing services ranging from medical to mental health and dental services.
In 30 years, RiverStone Health Clinic has provided more than $40 million in charity care and 13 percent of all residents in Yellowstone County now depend on the clinic for access to healthcare. Most of the doctors who have graduated from the Montana Family Medical Residency, housed at RiverStone Health, practice in Montana. More than 20 of them practice in the Billings area.
RiverStone Health, Yellowstone County’s public health agency, has earned national accreditation, a status held by fewer than 50 public health departments in the nation. It is the first health agency in Eastern Montana and the second in Montana to have earned national accreditation. Out of 3,000 public health departments in the country, RiverStone Health is among the first 44 that have voluntarily sought — and earned — accreditation.
RiverStone Health clinics in Billings, Bridger, Joliet and Worden have each received a national seal of quality, recognition for transforming the way they deliver care. The clinics are the first in the region to be recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. They are revolutionizing healthcare into “what patients want it to be” improving access, health outcomes, communication and patient satisfaction.