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We believe that true wellness comes from within.

January 9, 2020

It’s the light in the darkness, the sign pointing the way in the wilderness, and the helping hand in the moment of need. Pediatric mental health services are critical for our community, and Benefis Health System is expanding these services as part of its new Women’s and Children’s Center.

With nearly a quarter of Montana students giving serious thought to attempting suicide, we need to act now.

Pediatric behavioral health is too-often a neglected part of childhood wellness in Montana. The new center will increase the space dedicated to the mission of serving this need in our community, led by experienced providers specializing in pediatric psychiatry and pediatric neuropsychology.

“With the advent of the Women’s and Children’s Center, we’re speaking about creating a medical home and bringing in the neuropsychologists, child psychiatrists, and the pediatrician that’s generating the referral,” pediatric psychiatrist Dr. LaToya Floyd said. “We’re bringing them together in a collaborative way, because together, we’re stronger.”

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We believe that providing today, provides for tomorrow.

December 17th, 2019

Before the next generation of providers begins to care for the people of northcentral Montana, they are first students learning how to do right by their patients.

family playing with mother reading a book

Often, medical students are an afterthought when it comes to designing clinics – that won’t be the case in the new Benefis Women’s and Children’s Center.

Not only is our state facing a shortage of providers, but the average age of providers in Montana is currently 53 years old, indicating that the shortage will only worsen. Benefis is taking on a larger role in training future providers to support healthcare needs within our state, and the new Women’s and Children’s Center is being designed with space just for medical students and residents.

Right now, about twenty medical students a year crowd into a makeshift office as they study under Dr. Jeffery Palen and other obstetrics and gynecology providers at Benefis.

“Having a dedicated space for medical students will contribute to their well-being. That translates to better care for patients.”

–Jeffery Palen, DO, FACOOG - Obstetrics-Gynecology

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We believe that a soothing environment is a healing environment.

November 27th, 2019

An outdoor playground where physical therapy feels like fun. Art to help imagination take flight. A track for tricycles. Room to decompress.

family playing with mother reading a book

When children come into the new Benefis Women’s and Children’s Center, we want their eyes to shine and for nervousness to give way to interest and enthusiasm.

While the current space is limited and cramped, the new center will double the space for pediatric therapy services. Moreover, pediatric therapy services will be housed in the same location as all other pediatric services, allowing all caregivers to work more collectively and efficiently.

The outdoor therapy zone is expected to have a playground feel. Thoughtfully designed sculptural elements that kids can play on will serve therapeutic goals and be fun at the same time.

“It’s going to create a comfortable and attractive area.”

–Dani Grebe - Architect

The Center is also being designed with different comfort environments. For example, some children will want to be in open areas to talk and play with one another, while other children will prefer peace in more private spaces.

"A suspended art feature in the two-story main concourse near the pediatric therapies area will add to the magical experience," Grebe said.

These advancements are only possible with your support. We ask you to join us in helping care for those who will be the future of our community.

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We believe in lighting the path.

November 7th, 2019

Of all the paths young feet walk on during their journey to adulthood, the path that leads them to a future of good health is among the most important.

family playing with mother reading a book

The new Benefis Women’s and Children’s Center is dedicated to expanding pediatric services needed within our community. With this in mind, endocrinology is one of the specialties recently added to our other Benefis Pediatrics services.

With a focus on treating hormone imbalances within the body, endocrinologists help children suffering with diabetes, unusual growth rates, early or late puberty, thyroid problems, and more. As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, expertise in hormones and glands is needed now more than ever.

While Benefis Pediatrics has already added pediatric endocrinology, the Benefis Women’s and Children’s Center will offer expanded space for pediatric specialty services. In this case, the Center will make it more seamless for patients, providing well-rounded endocrinology care with an on-site team of nutrition, exercise therapy, and psychology experts to help kids plan for a longer, better life.

“Every patient is different, and we have to customize plans to them. Patients need an integrated approach.”

–Marwan Bakhach, MD. - pediatric endocrinologist

The designated pediatric space in the Center is being designed with children in mind, from elevator buttons at their level to colorful settings to make children more comfortable while visiting their healthcare providers.

Benefis Health System’s state-of-the-art Women’s and Children’s Center will affect generations of families and change the way women and children in our community access healthcare; however, it won’t be possible without your help. Please help today and be a part of something that will have a lasting impact on our community.

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We believe in building with intention.

October 24th, 2019

We are proud to unveil the design of the Benefis Women’s and Children’s Center.

This state-of-the-art outpatient treatment center will be an addition to Benefis East Campus.

The 48,000-square-foot building design aims to provide functional and calming spaces both inside and out for patients to gather, receive first-class healthcare, and experience pivotal moments. This specialized outpatient center will be the first of its kind in northcentral Montana. The building style complements the current East Campus buildings; internally the design reproduces the finishes in Benefis South Tower while introducing more natural materials and an open layout with natural light, providing an overall pleasant atmosphere. Along with that, certain areas of the building speak to the youthful spirit and activity of the pediatric patients who will receive care in the center.


The center will consist of three stories with women’s health on the third floor, pediatrics on the second floor, and lab/imaging and pediatric therapies on the first floor.

Services offered for women at the new center will include:

  • OB/GYN care
  • women’s wellness
  • fertility care
  • maternal-fetal medicine care
  • childbirth education
  • postpartum lactation support
  • screening mammography
  • and more

Services offered for children and teens at the new center will include:

  • occupational, speech, and physical therapy
  • psychiatry
  • neuropsychology
  • endocrinology
  • general outpatient pediatrics

"With the advent of the Women’s and Children’s Center, we’re speaking about creating a medical home and bringing in the neuropsychologists, child psychiatrists, and the pediatrician that’s generating the referral. We’re bringing them together in a collaborative way because together, we’re stronger.”

–Dr. LaToya Floyd, a child and adolescent psychiatrist

Our goal is to start construction on the Women’s and Children’s Center in Spring 2020. With your support, we aim to open the center in late 2021.

We believe that new stories begin every day. Today, we need your help to write a story that ends with a healthier generation of Montanans. Please give today.