Health Care: Live, and Live Well

Healthcare is essential. It is essential for healthy people, healthy communities, and there is simply no substitute for living in the most beautiful place while also having access to top-notch medical services.

The health care industry is the leading employer in Flathead County with broad growth and economic gains. The presence of quality health care providers stimulates our local economy and is a primary focus for families and individuals looking to relocate to our valley.

Comprising the health care system in Kalispell, Montana and the Flathead Valley are two acute-care hospitals (Kalispell Regional Medical Center and the HealthCenter), a skilled nursing facility, multiple fitness facilities, a mental health facility, a substance abuse facility, and more than 20 primary and specialty care physician clinics. Core health services in the Flathead Valley consists of cancer, cardiovascular, emergency care, family health, neuroscience and spine care, orthopedics, pediatrics, prevention and wellness, gastrointestinal, and surgery.

Kalispell Regional Healthcare is the valley’s primary medical services provider and its core facility, Kalispell Regional Medical Center, is the largest hospital and health care facility in Northwest Montana. Located in the heart of Kalispell, KRMC been consistently expanding specialty care, including a recent $64 million of new construction for a Women’s and Children’s Center, Gastrointestinal Center, and expansion of the Emergency Room. In addition to the recent expansions on its Kalispell campus, KRH expanded further in 2016 and acquired North Valley Hospital just north of Kalispell in Whitefish, which offers some of the finest medical facilities and patient-centered care of any resort community in the nation.

The Kalispell Regional Healthcare system and the many other health care providers across the Flathead Valley have grown to meet the preventative, acute, and rehabilitation needs of the area’s population, affording our residents the opportunity to stay local for most major health care needs. To add to our areas increasing health care network, economists are predicting a 21% increase in health care jobs between now and 2024, creating approximately 1,300 new positions.

Flathead County ranks in the top 2.7 percent in the nation for healthy residents and increased life expectancy rates. Additionally, according to a 2016 study by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Flathead County falls below average and less expensive when it comes to the cost of health care.

Kalispell is also an age-friendly city that empowers citizens of all ages and abilities to remain active and engaged in the community. World-class facilities like Heritage Place Healthcare Community and Immanuel Lutheran Communities provide a variety of services for our aging citizens.

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