Community Medical Center has opened a new general care and walk-in clinic in Frenchtown.

After another clinic in the area closed down, the hospital was approached by businesses and some of its own patients asking it to establish a practice in Frenchtown.

“There was definitely a community need, and it made sense,” said Dr. David Lechner, chief medical officer for CMC.

The new clinic, which started seeing patients last week, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Right now, the clinic has a family nurse practitioner four days a week, with family practice doctor James Quirk in one day each week, or as needed. The clinic accepts both appointment and walk-ins.

“We’re excited to re-establish a primary care clinic there,” Lechner said.

For patients who live in the area and were traveling into Missoula for their general care, Lechner said switching to the new clinic is as easy as walking in the door and speaking with staff. If they are already inside the Community Medical Center system, their electronic records can be brought up in the new clinic.

CMC regularly brings specialists to a similar, although larger, satellite clinic in Stevensville, to conduct clinics, and Lechner said that is an option he sees as possible for Frenchtown as the hospital assesses what the need in the community is.

Lechner said the new clinic is an important way of providing medical service not only to Frenchtown, but to the rural communities west of it.

“It’s a great service for their town, we hope to be there for a long time,” he said.


CLINIC LOCATION, HOURS

Community Medical Center’s new clinic in Frenchtown, officially called CPG Frenchtown Primary Care and Walk-In Clinic, is located at 16862 Beckwith Street, suite Q. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for appointments or walk-in care.

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