Whitefish residents – and visitors – enjoy a wide variety of top-quality options when it comes to caring for the health of themselves, their families and employees.
The Flathead Valley boasts two modern medical campuses, both of which provide excellent patient care, utilize state-of-the-art medical technology, and do it all in a comfortable setting … with outstanding food! And with 2.5 physicians for every 1,000 residents, Flathead County is ranked 3rd in the state for its physician-to-patient ratio.
North Valley Hospital
North Valley Hospital first opened its doors in Whitefish in 1905, and the hospital has provided cutting-edge technology and top-quality healthcare to Northwest Montana ever since. From top-to-bottom, the staff at North Valley Hospital – from physicians, surgeons, nurses, technicians and support staff all the way up to the CEO – are committed to providing superior patient care … and they’re doing it.
The hospital’s Imaging Department is equipped with digital mammography, CAT Scan, MRI, Ultrasound and X-Ray; the surgical suites are fully equipped for general, gynecological, breast, urological, orthopedic, cosmetic, reconstructive and endoscopic surgeries; and North Valley Hospital’s Birth Center is the only facility in the Northern Rockies that offers a water birth option – a safe, effective method of reducing pain during labor that’s more relaxing for mom and newborn.
North Valley Hospital has 25 in-patient beds and a full Emergency Care Department, and the NVH “family” has grown to 43 active physicians, 67 courtesy/consulting physicians, and 30 Allied Health Professionals. In addition to the hospital/medical office complex in town, North Valley operates a pair of seasonal “urgent care clinics” to serve the needs of our active population – the Base Lodge Clinic at Whitefish Mountain Resort (December thru April), and West Glacier Clinic (Memorial Day thru Labor Day). North Valley Hospital is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community-based critical access hospital, and adheres to the Planetree patient-centered care philosophy.
Kalispell Regional Medical Center
Kalispell Regional Medical Center (KRMC) has been a center of health care excellence in the Flathead Valley for more than l00 years. KRMC is both a community hospital and a regional referral center, offering the area’s most advanced health services and medical technology. A comprehensive inventory of sophisticated diagnostics and treatment techniques is matched by equally specialized, highly-skilled professionals whose experience is respected throughout the area and the nation. But beyond medicine and technology, caregivers at KRMC touch the lives of patients and their families while patients are hospitalized, as well as after they go home.
KRMC is the flagship hospital of Northwest Healthcare, the most comprehensive collection of health care services in Northwest Montana and the largest private employer in Flathead County. In addition to KRMC, other members of the Northwest Healthcare family include Brendan House, The Summit Medical Fitness Center, The HealthCenter, and many other medical services and physician offices.
There are many options available for those who want to work less and play more … but still have all the services they need to stay in good health during retirement. There are several senior living apartments/condominium options in the Whitefish area, as well as assisted living options and nursing homes. The Whitefish Community Center is the base for congregate meals and Meals on Wheels deliveries for the Whitefish area, and offers an array of exercise, social and health screening activities.
The Wave Aquatic and Fitness Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of the Whitefish community. Facilities at The Wave include an Aquatics Center which features three different pools, a Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam rooms. In the Fitness Center where you’ll find top of the line equipment, first class free weights, weight machines, and a wide array of cardiovascular equipment. Built by volunteers with mostly private funds raised right here in Whitefish, The Wave opened in 2005, and is one of the largest facility of its kind in Northwest Montana.