Ernest Health Inc. has postponed the ground breaking for Montana Rehabilitation Hospital, which had been scheduled for July 26.
In a statement, the company said, “In the spirit of community and value for our healthcare partners, we are postponing the ground breaking in order to revisit communication and information for the support of this valuable project. During this time, the company is committed to addressing concerns by some community members of creating competition among current healthcare providers in Billings.”
The statement added, “Our goal for this project has always been to offer complementary services to the existing rehab providers in this community and reflects the tremendous bed need for Billings, the state of Montana as well as northern Wyoming. Ernest Health, Inc. continues to be very excited about this project and is committed to serving the needs of the community.”
The company has proposed a 17,000-square-foot, 20-bed hospital at 3528 Gabel Road, adjacent to its existing Advanced Care Hospital of Montana.
Ernest Health Inc., an Albuquerque, N.M., based healthcare provider, owns and operates post-acute care facilities New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Montana, Wyoming and South Carolina.