Heart Education

A full conference room.The International Heart Institute of Montana Foundation strives to further the education of both clinicians and the public with a wide variety of educational opportunities. The Foundation sponsors internationally-renowned continuing medical education programs for physicians and surgeons each year. It also provides many educational programs open to the community that allow for open forums between doctors and the public. In addition, IHIMF works in conjunction with the American Heart Association to provide CPR training and courses for healthcare professionals and the public. The foundation also works in conjunction with The University of Montana both in cutting-edge cardiovascular research and professional education. CurrentĀ programs include:

Professional Education
The Rocky Mountain Valve Symposium
Surgical Training Workshops

Public Education
AHA Training Center
St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center
The University of Montana
Annual Winter Heart Expo at St. Patrick’s Hospital

Nurse explaining prescription medication to senior patient, home medical health concept.Patient Education
This site has over 200 pages devoted to Clinical Research and Patient Education. Keeping it simple – we have divided it out into main categories from the list accessible on this page and the Clinical Research page.

Patient Care
The foundation is a part of the International Heart Institute of Montana located at St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center, a nationally-ranked Top 100 Heart Hospital.

St. Patrick Hospital opened in 1873 under the sponsorship of the Sisters of Providence. The present facility opened in 1984, the fourth St. Pat’s on this site above the Clark Fork River. In May 2000, we changed our name from “St. Patrick Hospital” to “St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center” to reflect our increasing involvement with national medical research and education. The hospital has 195 acute-care beds, and 18 transitional-care beds. In 2003, St. Pat’s admitted over 9,705 patients and provided more than 49,986 days of patient care. Approximately 95% of our patients come from our 17-county service area.

In November 1999, after imploding the old hospital called the Broadway Building, construction began for a new outpatient services building next to our present hospital building. The Broadway Building opened in March 2002, with two underground floors of parking and six stories of physician offices and outpatient services. Physicians include those from the Western Montana Clinic, the Montana Neuroscience Institute, and the Montana Cancer Center, among others. Outpatient services include physical, occupational, and speech therapy, diabetes services, and cardiac rehabilitation.

Please see the links below for more detailed patient services provided at our center.

International Heart Institute of Montana
St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center