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Helena, Montana WRITE Site (22 week)

Helena CHC
1930 9th Ave.
Helena, MT 59601

Phone: 406-443-2584
Fax: 406-457-8992

As the capital of the State of Montana, Helena is alive with both history and culture. Helena’s population, close to 28,000 residing in the city, is estimated to be about 71,000 when you add the populations of Lewis and Clark and Jefferson counties. Helena sits at an altitude of 4,058 feet. Ft. Harrison, located in Helena, is the VA hospital that serves all of Montana. Additional information can be found at www.helenachamber.com

Primary WRITE Preceptor:

William Snider, D.O., Family Medicine
Received a bachelorís degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Montana in 1990, and received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences: College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri in 1998. He completed a residency in family practice in 2001 at the Montana Family Medicine Residency in Billings, where he served as chief resident his third year. Dr. Snider enjoys full privileges at St. Peterís Hospital.
Email: wsnider@co.lewis-clark.mt.us

Site Contact: Helen Amundson
1930 9th Ave., Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406-443-2584
Email: hamundson@co.lewis-clark.mt.us

Helena CHC Physician:

Heather McRee, D.O., Family Medicine
Joined the CHC in September 2004. She received a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Montana in 1996, and her medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001. She completed a residency in family practice in Billings in 2004 at the Deering Clinic, where she served as chief resident her third year. Dr. McRee enjoys full privileges at St. Peter’s Hospital.

Parker Medical Clinic - Lincoln, MT
Phone: 406-362-4603

Justin Smith, M.D., of the Parker Medical Clinic in Lincoln, MT, an extension of the Helena CHC, is originally from Florence, Montana. He attended the University of Montana, earning a degree in microbiology and received his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Billings at the Montana Family Medicine Residency with his wife, Dr. Courtnay Crowell.
Email: jusmith@co.lewis-clark.mt.us

Courtnay Crowell, M.D., is originally from Houston, Texas. She has a BA from Austin College in Sherman, TX, received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and did her residency at Montana Family Medicine Residency in Billings.
Email: ccrowell@co.lewis-clark.mt.us

Participating Community Physicians:
Pediatrics: Tom Strizich, M.D. • Michelle Danielson, M.D.
Internal Medicine: Jay Larson, M.D.

CHC Clinic: The Helena CHC is a MT WWAMI WRITE site, a R/UOP site, and a TRUST site. WRITE students are based at the Helena CHC. During the 20-week experience students complete the family medicine component at the Helena CHC and Parker Medical Clinic in Lincoln; pediatrics at Partners in Pediatrics; and the internal medicine component at Internal Medicine Associates. These experiences will be completed in a longitudinal fashion based on a schedule to be completed by Dr. Snider. Special emphasis is given to participation in the following programs available at the Helena CHC: Healthcare for the homeless; chronic diseases/diabetes education; clinical counseling/mental health screening; medication assistance. As a CHC, Helena’s patient population tends to be the uninsured/underinsured who sometimes wait it out before seeking medical care, which can lead to more complicated cases. Many patients are from the rural outlying counties. Students have the opportunity to work with rural physicians, Dr. Justin Smith and Dr. Courtnay Crowell in Lincoln (50 miles northeast). The Helena CHC is fully staffed with two nurse practitioners and four mental health case managers/out reach coordinators, medical records, and laboratory.

Hospital: St. Peter’s Hospital, 2475 Broadway, Helena MT 59601, 406-442-2480, is an independent, community-based organization that partners with its patients, community, and medical staff to provide exceptional and compassionate healthcare. Established in 1883 by the St. Peter's Episcopal Church parish vestry and the Montana Episcopal Diocese, today St. Peter's Hospital is a sole provider, non-profit, licensed 99-bed facility. St. Peter's Hospital is known for comprehensive care and community service with a staff dedicated to the values of service, respect, stewardship, and accountability. The hospital serves approximately 80,000 residents of Lewis & Clark, Jefferson, Broadwater, Meagher, and Powell counties. The hospital's web site is www.stpetes.org

Directions:To get to the CHC from the Helena Regional Airport, go north on Skyway Drive to North Washington Street where you turn left; turn right onto Cedar Street to merge onto 1-15 going south to US 12 South, exit 192; turn right on Prospect Avenue (US 12 West); then left onto North Hannaford Street; then left onto 9th Avenue. Address is 1930 9th Avenue, located on the left (total drive time, 7 minutes). To see a map of where we are located and/or get directions from other locations, go to maps.google.com (for directions, click "Get Directions" in the upper left-hand corner where you can input the starting address).

Air Transportation: Flights into the Helena Regional Airport are available via Delta, Northwest, Alaska, and United Airlines or their partners.

Extracurricular Activities:
A charming, sophisticated and beautiful Victorian city, Helena is a unique blend of past and present. There are summertime street festivals and rodeos and winter time visits to the theater, museums, symphonies, and folk concerts. Its beautiful downtown; established in 1864 when prospectors struck gold at a place they called Last Chance Gulch, is rich in history and offers a variety of culture and entertainment. In the heart of the area is a pedestrian mall, a park-like outdoor shopping area of historic sites and a diverse array of unique shops, coffeehouses, and restaurants. Positioned in the Rocky Mountain foothills and nestled along the Missouri River Valley, Helena offers easy access to Glacier National Park to the northwest, the wide open prairies to the east; and Bozeman, home to Montana State University and the first year MT WWAMI program, sits 90 minutes away to the south.

City web site: www.ci.helena.mt.us; County web site: www.co.lewis-clark.mt.us

Weather Trends:
Helena’s coldest month is January when the average temperature is 9.9 ° F. In July, the warmest month, the average day time temperature rises to 83.4° F.

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