Northern Montana Health Care will undertake a $3.5 million remodeling of the existing Behavior Health Services Building, converting it into a Women's and Family Health Center.
The plans were announced to the corporate board last week at its bi-annual meeting. It is expected to open about one year from now.
The 15,000 square foot building was built in 1990 to serve as a chemical dependency unit for Northern Montana Hospital.
The building, which had also been used as a behavioral health science unit, is currently unused.
The proposed project will combine the OB/GYN and family medicine practices from the current Northern Montana Medical Groups West and East.
"Having these two specialties under one roof will serve the community better," said Wendy Wertheimer, director of clinic nursing.
"The concept is that of a family wellness center," she said. "Eleven of the family medicine and OB/GYN providers will be in the same space.
"This will allow the providers to practice more as a traditional group practice model rather than being in two separate buildings as they currently are." she said.
The building is connected to Northern Montana Hospital, making it easier for family medicine and OB doctors who are often called out of the office for deliveries, she said.
Northern Montana Medical Group West Clinic will benefit from the extra space by expanding the current orthopedic surgery and internal medicine practices, Wertheimer said.
Clausen & Sons of Havre will be the general contractor.
The current orientation of the building will change to the west side to allow for additional parking for the clinic's patients.
The look of the remodeled facility will resemble the recent Northern Montana Medical Group West clinic remodel. Work on the project will begin soon.