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Bozeman Health Breaks Records in Patients Served Through Outreach Programs, and Nears $14 million in Campaign Giving

11-20-2018

Bozeman Health Breaks Records in Patients Served Through Outreach Programs,and Nears $14 million in Campaign Giving
$2 million grant from Kendeda Fund helps drive innovation and outreach program expansion


At its monthly board of directors meeting, Bozeman Health Foundation announced that Bozeman Health has seen record-breaking growth in the impact of its community outreach programs.

“The growth we’re seeing is a response to increasing needs across the communities Bozeman Health serves,” said Jason Smith, the foundation’s executive vice president. “It also demonstrates the direct impact of philanthropy on Bozeman Health’s ability to meet its mission to improve community health and quality of life.”

The significant expansion of Bozeman Health’s community outreach and wellness-focused programs over the past 18 months has been made possible through Caring Forward Campaign gifts totaling more than $3 million, targeted specifically toward its Outreach and Access initiative. A $2 million gift from the Kendeda Fund will help provide charity care and expand programs such as health fairs and the Healthcare Connections mobile outreach bus. Kendeda’s grant represents the largest gift received thus far in the $15 million campaign, which was launched in April 2018.

“For more than a century, Bozeman Health and its team members have delivered exceptional, compassionate care in our hospitals and clinics,” said John Hill, Bozeman Health president and CEO. “Today, though, healthcare is about more than what happens when patients come to us. We’re proud to bring health screenings, vaccinations, wellness education and more out to families through entrepreneurial outreach programs. We’re exceptionally grateful to Kendeda Fund and all the donors – including many of our physicians – whose early Caring Forward gifts have helped us come so far so fast.”

“As Montanans’ healthcare needs grow, Bozeman Health is meeting the unique challenges faced by our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Kendeda’s Montana fund advisor Tim Stevens. “The Kendeda Fund is honored to support Bozeman Health’s efforts and we’re hopeful that others might be inspired to support the Caring Forward Campaign as well.”

Since beginning its efforts to raise significant support for Community Outreach and Access, specific examples of where Bozeman Health’s mission-driven programs have grown include:

  • In the first six months of 2018, Bozeman Health’s Healthcare Connections mobile outreach program saw a record 683 patients, a 56 percent increase over the same period in 2017.
  • In 2018, Bozeman Health increased the number of Healthcare Connections visits to targeted locations throughout its service area to 40, up from 33 visits during the 2017. Many of these new locations have been made possible through new partnerships with organizations such as HRDC, Bozeman Public Library, and the town of Wilsall.
  • Patient and community member attendance at Bozeman Health led health fairs in Bozeman and Belgrade has grown from just over 1,200 in 2017 to nearly 1,500 in 2018.
  • With vital support from the Kendeda Fund and other donors, Bozeman Health continued in 2017 to provide more than $16 million in uncompensated care to those in need, including more than $6 million in Charity Care to patients facing financial hardship.

About the Caring Forward Campaign
Launched in April 2018, the Caring Forward Campaign seeks to raise $15 million in support of four major priorities by the end of 2019: Enhancing Critical and Intensive Care (inclusive of both a new ICU and our community’s first-ever Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), Expanding Community Outreach and Access, Enabling Innovation and Excellence in Cancer Care and Cardiac Care, and Growing Big Sky Medical Center. Through the end of October 2018, generous donors have provided more than $13.6 million in charitable gifts and commitments. More information about the Caring Forward Campaign can be found at www.caringforwardmontana.org.
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About Bozeman Health
Bozeman Health is an independent, locally owned and controlled integrated healthcare delivery system serving Southwest Montana. As a nonprofit organization, governed by a volunteer community board of directors, Bozeman Health is the largest private employer in Gallatin County, with more than 2,000 employees, including 270 medical providers representing 50 clinical specialties. It is our privilege to deliver expert, compassionate health and wellness services across the care continuum, designed to meet the diverse healthcare needs of the communities we serve. Learn more about Bozeman Health at BozemanHealth.org.

About Bozeman Health Foundation
Bozeman Health Foundation is the not-for-profit supporting foundation for Bozeman Health. It leads campaigns and raises charitable funds for the benefit of patients and communities that Bozeman Health serves. Over the past 20 years, Bozeman Health Foundation has raised and stewarded nearly $35 million on behalf of Deaconess Hospital, Big Sky Medical Center, and Bozeman Health as Southwest Montana’s local health system. While Bozeman Health Foundation is proudly governed by a local, independent board of directors, underwriting support from Bozeman Health means that 100 percent of gifts received go directly to healthcare services that generous donors care about most. Learn more about Bozeman Health Foundation and the Caring Forward Campaign at CaringFowardMontana.org.