By Crystal Leach Bozeman Deaconess Foundation

When residents of Big Sky dial 911,
the highly skilled paramedics from
the Big Sky Fire Department provide
prompt emergency medical response
and, when necessary, direct transportation
to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital’s
emergency services department.
Updated last in 1999, the Bozeman
ER is again expanding to accommodate
the growing number of patients. In fall
2010, Bozeman Deaconess Foundation
set an unprecedented $9 million goal to
help fund the $15 million ER expansion.
The capital campaign is now in
the home stretch, with $500,000 left to
reach the goal.
“Fast, efficient emergency care is
absolutely essential in any community.
For everyone who lives here or visits,
whether they ride horses, fish the
rivers or ski the mountains, a trip to
the ER is never out of the question,”
said Robyn Erlenbush, co-chair of the
“As a community, we have to ensure
all of our residents and visitors are well
taken care of in the event [of] an emergency
medical situation. This project
will do that.”
Construction on the new 25-room facility
began in spring 2011, and should
be complete in late 2012 or early 2013.
The existing 10-room ER is providing
Level III trauma care throughout
Contributions can be made to Bozeman
Deaconess Foundation by mail at 931
Highland Blvd., Suite 3200, Bozeman,
MT 59715, at whatdoyouexpecttoday.
org, or by calling (406) 585-1085.