BOZEMAN — When a child needs special medical care, the last thing a parent wants to think about is driving hundreds of miles to get it.
“Bozeman Health’s partnership with Seattle Children’s will provide pediatric subspecialty providers that will reside in the Bozeman area. They will see patients at Deaconess Hospital and also serve in outreach roles in southwestern Montana, if not statewide,” said John Hill, CEO of Bozeman Health.
For children who need special care, they will soon have it here in Bozeman.
“If we really want to have the strongest community possible, people have to invest in it,” said donor Tim Sheehy.
And that’s exactly what this man and his wife did: the partnership to provide the pediatric services was made possible by Tim and Carmen Sheehy.
“The community has made us successful, so we’re reinvesting that back into the community,” explains Sheehy.
Through a $4 million donation from the couple, Bozeman Health will be able to provide specialized pediatric services ranging from surgery to behavioral health.
The Sheehys have four children of their own and say they are happy to be able to invest, especially since they started their business from scratch.
“We hoped we would have enough money to support just our family and a handful of employees, and of course hard work and a great team allowed us to be much more successful than that,” Sheehy said.
The expanded services may be offered in the current hospital facility or in an expanded portion of the facility that is still on the hospital campus.
Some services can be seen as early as October, but many of the services are being integrated in phases.