Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Expands Emergency Department to Meet Community Need

Rebecca Bontadelli, MD is the Medical Director of the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Emergency Department in Polson, Montana.
Rebecca Bontadelli, MD

Polson, MT—Providence St. Joseph Medical Center recently concluded the expansion of its emergency department.

The expansion is a response to increasing community need, growing the department from four rooms to six and adding 300 square feet. The building contractor was Nelson Homes of Polson.

"We are always available 24/7 to see patients in our ED, and now we have the capacity to evaluate, stabilize and treat more patients in a safe, monitored setting," says emergency department medical director Rebecca Bontadelli, M.D.

Emergency department visits at St. Joe’s have been steadily increasing each year for the past five years, with about 5,400 visits on pace for this year. 

“We are happy to be able to expand our emergency department capabilities to meet the needs of the community,” said Lynn Baushke-Weddle, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center interim administrator. “With the expansion, and hiring additional night nursing staff, we are able to see patients more quickly.”

St. Joe's treats a variety of patient emergencies, including traumas from car and water-related accidents, heart attacks, strokes and breathing difficulties.

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