Last year Bozeman Deaconess Hospital celebrated its 100 year anniversary. It started out with one doctor and now has over one hundred sixty care providers. Bozeman Deaconess has the most employees at 1300 in the Gallatin Valley.
The very first medical center was opened by Dr. Henry Foster on the corner of Lamme and North Tracy. In 1902 after Dr. Henry Foster died, the hospital was sold to Dr. J. F. Blare. In 1911 Bozeman Deaconess Hospital was born. It was friendship between the community and the Methodist Church. A deaconess was a woman who dedicated their lives to service. The deaconesses cared for patients and cleaned the hospital.
Over the years the hospital has seen many changes and growth. In 1955 the first x-ray was taken. Bozeman has grown so big that by 1969 an I.C.U. was built. In 1986 the Gallatin Valley had grown and a new hospital was built where it is today. The growth has brought many new technologies like CAT scan, MRI and cancer care.
I spent an afternoon talking to Bozeman Deaconess workers. Many of them have worked there for 12 years or more. The person who I spoke with that had worked there the longest was Don Mauerus at 28 years. My favorite person was Kendall Childs. She told me that helping people who were hurt or scared was her favorite part.
In speaking with Dr. Rex Spear and Joe Nivens the use of computers has changed health care. I’m proud to say my dad helped all this happen. Two things I got from speaking to these people were that services offered and technology has changed Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.