Northern Rockies Medical Center (NRMC) and Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) announced recently the signing of a non-binding letter of intent to enter into exclusive discussions to explore a deeper relationship. This letter of intent reflects a longer term commitment to ensuring that the citizens of Glacier County have expanded services and continued high quality health care.
“Our community Board members care deeply for the citizens of Glacier County and are committed to safeguarding access to quality health care. We have had a long-standing relationship with Kalispell Regional Healthcare and are excited about this opportunity to explore a more meaningful relationship. This is an important first step to ensure that Northern Rockies Medical Center remains positioned to continue to meet the health needs of our community while enhancing services,” said NRMC Chief Executive Officer Cherie Taylor.
Health care leaders say a key challenge for many rural hospitals is the ability to recruit and retain medical professionals while meeting the demands of an ever changing health care industry. Relationships with larger medical centers provide much needed expertise, support, and resources to help preserve rural hospital services.
“Entering into more formal discussions with NRMC will provide an opportunity to further design a road map with a common vision for success,” said KRH President and CEO Craig Lambrecht, MD. “In our meetings with the NRMC Board and the organization’s leaders, patients have always been at the forefront of our discussions in determining how to broaden access, enhance technology, and improve the health of the community. We couldn’t be more excited about the benefits of this potential partnership for the Glacier County community.”
Signing this letter of intent is the first step in a process that will take several months to complete. Both organizations will enter into a period of due diligence, negotiation and planning and expect that process to be complete in the fall of 2020.
Once completed and an agreement is reached, both Boards would be required to approve the agreement and associated timelines.
About Kalispell Regional Healthcare
Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) is a nonprofit, 354-bed health system located in the Flathead Valley of northwest Montana. The health system consists of three hospitals, nearly 40 provider clinics and a host of other health care services, including the nation’s first rural air ambulance service (A.L.E.R.T.), which it has sustained for more than 40 years.
Founded in 1910, KRH has provided exceptional care for more than 100 years to the communities it serves. More than 4,000 physicians, nurses, health care professionals and support staff work together to provide patients and their families with a positive, proactive, patient-centered experience.
KRH is especially well known for its programs in cardiovascular care, oncology, neuroscience and spine care, orthopedics, women’s health, pediatrics and behavioral health.