A radiation technician sanitizes equipment in the emergency room at Community Medical Center on Wednesday. The facility is in the midst of $13.5 million expansion and remodel.
Jim Gillhouse, chief operating officer at Community Medical Center, stands inside a portion of the building under construction on Wednesday.
Health care is the largest industry in Montana, accounting for a larger share of total state jobs and total wages paid than any other sector, according to a new report.
Hospitals in particular support roughly 12% of the state’s private sector employment and 13% of total private sector wages, per the study from the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana.
“Hospitals are a huge economic driver,” said Patrick Barkey, the