RECEIVING CARE AT THE BIG SKY MEDICAL CENTER SHOULD COVID-19 MAKE AN APPEARANCE IN BIG SKY

In speaking with friends here in Big Sky either on the phone or keeping our distance in public, some of the discussions revolved around how protected are we in this small rural community if one of us were to be diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. What does our local Big Sky Medical Center – the “hospital” to some of us –have on hand or do we have to immediately get to Bozeman – now the epicenter of the disease in Montana.

I spoke with Lauren Brendel, public information officer for Bozeman Health, to find out what is available to those of us here in the Upper Gallatin. Big Sky Medical Center is one of two hospitals within the Bozeman Health integrated health care delivery system.

She sent me this information. I have edited it for clarity.

Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center is well- prepared to care for the people of Big Sky area. Any Big Sky or surrounding area resident or visitor can continue to use BSMC services, whether needing to see a primary care provider or needing urgent care in the emergency department. We ask that, as much as possible, people first call before coming to BSMC for care so that we can ensure they follow proper precautions to help keep themselves and our employees and medical staff safe.

BSMC has in place a Drive-Thru COVID-19 test site. Patients with an existing order from a provider can visit the Drive-Up COVID-19 Test Sites at Big Sky Medical Center’s emergency department ambulance bay. The Drive-up COVID-19 Test Site is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drive-up Test Sites perform nasal swab testing for COVID-19 and other respiratory infections, as well as oral swab for strep testing for individuals with an existing order from a provider.

If a resident or visitor doesn’t have a local provider, Big Sky Medical Center can absolutely accommodate their healthcare needs. If a resident or visitor does have a provider at Big Sky Medical Medical, they can continue to utilize their healthcare provider for their healthcare needs. If an individual has respiratory illness symptoms, they can call Big Sky Medical Center to schedule an appointment with a provider, visit b2VirtualCare.com for a virtual visit, or they can contact the COVID-19 Hotline to speak with a nurse by calling Big Sky Medical Center and selecting the COVID-19 option on the phone tree.

Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center primary care providers are available to address healthcare needs. We know that a wide variety of health concerns along with urgent and emergency conditions continue to present for community members, unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please call with any questions so our care team members can help to make sure your health concerns are addressed right away.

Reach the team at Big Sky Medical Center by calling 406-995-6995.

Big Sky Medical Center’s Facebook and Instagram accounts post information every day. http://facebook. com/bigskymedicalcenter and on Instagram @ bigskymedicalcenter.

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