SCL Health’s new clinic is operational in Butte | Local
As planned in May 2021, SCL Health Butte Downtown has been operational since November.
Located at 3636 Harrison Ave., the medical facility is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with plenty of parking to shop around. A primary care walk-in clinic is also open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“SCL Health was eager to improve its services to the Butte community and provide comprehensive care by adding another primary care option to the area,” said Chad Paul, Practice Administrator for SCL Health Medical Group-Butte.
As with just about any new business, there were a few issues, but they were rare.
“We did very well with very few issues,” said Paul.
During the phone interview, Paul couldn’t contain his excitement for the latest project and admits he’s excited about the new setup and it’s going well.
“We were very lucky,” he said. “SCL Health Medical Group is expanding its footprint to provide even more opportunities for patients to access care in the communities we serve.”
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Currently, the Harrison Avenue facility focuses primarily on family medicine with three providers on board – Dr. Danika Clark, Dr. Shenelle Schoenfeld and Micaul McClafferty PA.
Additionally, there are two registered nurses, two medical assistants, a lab technician and an x-ray technician. To complement the staff, a behavioral health specialist will see patients on referral from a primary care provider.
Within the 10,200 square foot clinic are electronic check-in kiosks, and exam rooms include recliners and flat-screen monitors.
Because the pandemic remains an issue, the clinic has a built-in negative pressure room for patients with COVID-like symptoms, as well as a main waiting area for other patients. And, of course, masks are mandatory for all patients and staff.
“We’re very polite and tactful about it,” Paul assured.
Same-day or next-day appointments can be made by calling 406-496-3600 or going online at www.sclhealth.org/butte-downtown.
“Increasing the number of primary and specialty care clinics ensures that our communities have access to high-quality, comprehensive care closer to home,” said Paul.
Another benefit of the new facility is that its opening also freed up space at the Rocky Mountain Medical Arts Pavilion. So much so that an indispensable gastroenterologist, Dr. Michael James, has been recruited. He started his practice last October.
Authorities are still looking for a qualified pulmonologist.
“We are excited to expand our services,” said Paul. “That’s why we do what we do — it’s our mission — better access to high-quality care and specialists.
In the future, virtual care will remain an option for patients.
These services may include a video visit with a provider, either by phone, tablet or other electronic device. A patient can also opt for an electronic visit, where the patient types symptoms into an online form with uploaded photos.
“A vendor reviews the information and provides further recommendations within two hours,” Paul explained.
Due to the pandemic, a small groundbreaking ceremony has been suspended until spring.
“When we opened the clinic in November, we expected some challenges due to the pandemic,” admitted Paul. “We look forward to assembling when it’s safe to do so.”
Looking ahead, SCL Health officials will remain on the “proven” path of continuing to evaluate opportunities for expansion.
“We look forward to providing high-quality, easy-to-access healthcare services to the community of Butte for years to come,” said Paul.