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I support the partnership between Community Medical Center and Billings Clinic RegionalCare. Greater hospital competition and health care options will lead to more innovative, efficient and affordable care. A recent Journal of the American Medical Association article stated that for-profit hospitals do not translate into higher costs for patients. Community Medical Center will begin paying taxes to support essential services in the Missoula area, a function of great benefit to our community. Best of all, Billings Clinic’s affiliation with the Mayo Clinic will continue to put Missoula on the map as a great place to get quality care, start a business and raise a family.

I’m glad to hear that Billings Clinic RegionalCare is committed to continuing Community’s current charity care policy and to preserving the jobs of employees in good standing. A Montana-based provider that sets a standard for excellent care across the state is the right choice for the hospital’s future, and the involvement of RegionalCare in the joint venture means greater investment in the staff, physicians and patients across western Montana who rely on Community Medical Center.

If you agree, please join me in submitting comment in support of the sale to Montana Attorney General Tim Fox: https://dojmt.gov/consumer/for-consumers/cmc-public-comments.

You can also learn more and ask questions about the process at communitysfuture.org.

Cola Rowley,

Missoula County Commissioner-Elect,

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