In Deer Lodge, healthcare administrators, doctors and local community leaders gathered at the future site of a new $18 million hospital.
Hospital CEO Alan Bird, representatives for Senators Baucus and Tester Congressman Rehberg, and Hospital Board Members were present at the groundbreaking for the new Deer Lodge Medical Center. A large crowd gathered to see the event, complete with a helicopter landing, and probably drawn by the promise of the BBQ.
The groundbreaking is the symbolic first step after many years of discussion and preparation.
The new privately funded facility will cover 40 thousand square feet, allowing more local surgeries and improved technology.
The Medical Center should take around a year to build.