Billings Clinic | Great Hospitals in America 2015

Billings Clinic Hospital (Billings, Mont.). The Billings Clinic dates back to 1911 when Arthur J. Movius, MD, founded a general practice in Billings, Mont. His practice grew by one practitioner in 1915, then another in the 1920s and a fourth in 1930. By 1939, the group was five physicians strong, and they decided to found the Billings Clinic as a way to attract more business partners.

Originally called Billings Deaconess Hospital, Billings Clinic Hospital opened its doors in 1927 as a 58-bed hospital with 12 physicians and 16 nurses. The hospital added its first wing in 1952 and expanded its services during the '60s and '70s. In 1972, it hosted the first open heart surgery in Billings and was renamed the Deaconess Medical Center. Billings Clinic and Deaconess Medical Center merged in 1993 and was officially named Billings Clinic in 2005. It opened an emergency and trauma center in 2007 and a freestanding outpatient surgery center and an inpatient cancer center in 2009.

Today, the 285-bed hospital, Level II trauma center, 90-bed skilled nursing facility and medical staff of more than 350 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners help serve patients in a four-state region. Billings Clinic was the first Magnet organization in Montana and was ranked the No. 1 hospital in the state by U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 rankings. Billings Clinic manages 11 critical access hospitals in Montana and Wyoming. It also launched the state's first internal medicine residency program in 2013.

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