The International Heart Institute of Montana Foundation has an active clinical research program with extensive capabilities for conducting a wide range of surgical, interventional, heart failure, and electrophysiology studies. Housed inside St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center, this program is fully integrated with all hospital services, including state-of-the-art cardiac surgery and interventional capabilities. The program also features a comprehensive, advanced treatment clinic for congestive heart failure.
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.
The program features active, experienced research investigators, and efficient, knowledgeable clinical research coordinators. All research nursing staff have extensive cardiac nursing experience, as well as experience in OR and ICU settings.
To initiate or place a trial, please contact Timothy Descamps, Executive Director at 406-329-2676.