BOZEMAN – During an Aug. 31 presentation on the state of its integrated health system, Bozeman Deaconess Heath Services President and CEO Kevin Pitzer announced that BDHS has changed its name to “Bozeman Health.”

From its beginnings as a single hospital, Bozeman Health’s service area now extends throughout southwestern Montana. The health system is comprised of several specialty treatment centers; a network of physician and urgent-care clinics; outpatient treatment facilities; retirement and assisted-living facilities; as well as a new hospital in Big Sky opening in December.

“Bozeman remains prominent in our new name. It is where our health system was born and remains the nucleus of our regional service area and our system’s hub from which we reach out to other cities and towns across southwest Montana, as we are now doing in Big Sky, Belgrade and beyond,” Pitzer said, adding that the new name signals change and progress.

“We are now more than one hospital in one community,” he said. “Our service area extends throughout and beyond our eight-county region. As our service area has grown and evolved, so has our organization.”

The updated organizational structure will include a new parent company that Bozeman Health’s existing community board of trustees created and will govern.

Pitzer says the name change and new organization is summarized by three basic purposes: to honor Bozeman Health’s mission by continuing to improve community health and quality of life through education and prevention; to improve convenience and access in communities across the region; and to promote quality, accountability, and reliability across its integrated health system.

Under the new parent company, Bozeman Health is organized into five divisions: corporate services; Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital; Bozeman Health Medical Group; its real estate development corporation; and the Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center.

The integrated health system also includes Bozeman Health Hillcrest Senior Living with independent and assisted living facilities; a clinical research group; and two urgent care locations.

“Bozeman Deaconess Health Services has done a lot to improve access in West Yellowstone by bringing services closer and supporting [Community Health Partners],” said Pierre Martineu, the executive director of the West Yellowstone Foundation. “They’re helpful, progressive, and proactive; I’m confident this restructuring to Bozeman Health will lead to more convenient, accessible care in southwest Montana.”