The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train, and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations. The AHEC program taps the resources of academic medicine to address local community health needs. The strength of the AHEC Network is its ability to creatively adapt national initiatives to help address local and regional healthcare issues. The Western Montana AHEC was established in 2008 and is part of the Montana AHEC (originally established in 1985). WMT-AHEC is located in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Montana-Missoula and serves Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Sanders, and Ravalli counties.
None of the training that our students experience would be possible without partnerships from area hospitals and clinics. We have longstanding relationships and training opportunities for students in rural and suburban areas across Montana, as well as out of state. Our partnerships with Missoula's local area hospitals and clinics are integral to the experiential education our students receive.
Community Medical Center is a hospital with core competencies in primary care, women’s care, pediatric care, oncology and rehabilitation services as well as a full spectrum of services any patient may need in their lifetime. Community Physician Group health professionals provide comprehensive primary and specialty care in 14 locations in and around Missoula with 24/7 coverage (and Nurse On Call services) to promote health and resolve health problems when they arise.
Established in 1873, St. Patrick Hospital is home to some of the northern Rocky Mountain region's most advanced health care. Providing comprehensive care to a 17 county area, the hospital has 253 licensed beds and admitted more than 7,900 patients providing over 37,902 days of patient care in 2011. The hospital is home to physicians in all areas of medicine providing highly advanced and deeply compassionate care to all patients.
Partnership Health Center ensures that accessible, comprehensive primary health care is provided to the medically underserved population in our region, through a partnership of community resources. PHC provides a full range of primary care services including check-ups, care for chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, care for injuries, immunizations, on-site pharmacy services, mental health services, women's health care, prevention and wellness educations, nutritional counseling, dental services and referrals to specialists in the community through medical case management.
Kalispell Regional Medical Center provides high-quality primary care and comprehensive outpatient services as a fully integrated and aligned health care system that provides high quality and low cost primary, specialty and tertiary medical care for the people we serve. KRMC is committed to providing the complete spectrum of health care - preventing illness, educating the health care professionals of tomorrow, researching new ways to fight disease and working in our community to build a healthier Montana.