Bullhook Community Health Center originated in September 2005 as a section of the Hill County Health Department, funded by a federal Healthy Communities Access Planning Grant. This grant allowed the Health Department’s Bullhook Clinic to offer medical and care management services to the community with a sliding fee scale. Patients were able to access coordinated and holistic care with other providers in the community. On July 1, 2007, a federal Community Health Center Grant was awarded to the board of directors for a new organization, Bullhook Community Health Center, Inc.
Bullhook Community Health Center provides healthcare services that help reduce the financial burden placed on the community when uninsured and underinsured residents cannot get the needed healthcare or cannot pay for the healthcare they do get.
Our Mission Statement
Inspiring a healthy community through patient-centered care.
- We are a community leader in healthcare.
- People trust us.
- We respect all cultures.
- We are financially viable.
- We are committed to utilizing healthcare efficiently.
- Our providers are champions of patient-centered care.
- Our staff is competent, caring and happy
Community Health Centers are required to serve all residents of their service area with charges on a sliding fee scale based upon ability to pay. CHCs provide comprehensive health care - this includes primary health care and preventive care for infants, children & adults; some urgent care; mental health/substance abuse; dental; and pharmaceutical services.
CHCs must be either a public or non-profit facility that is governed by a Board of Directors. At least 51% of the CHC s Board of Directors must be composed of members who are patients at the center. This means that the community has a voice in the services offered, helps to assure quality of care, and determines the future of the Bullhook Community Health Center. Click here for more information about the impact CHCs have on our communities.
Our Community Health Center is funded in part by federal grant dollars, patient income, and donations. Because we are federally funded, we are able to offer medical and dental care to our community on a Sliding Fee Scale, making access to excellent health care possible for every family on the Hi-Line. We also have a voucher system that may be used to offset some healthcare costs.
What does our logo mean?
It is a Medicine Wheel. - The medicine wheel, originating from Native American traditions, is also referred to as Sacred Hoop. The medicine wheel represents the sacred circle of life, its basic four directions, and the elements, fire, earth, water & air.
At its most fundamental level, the Medicine Wheel teaches that in order to live a good life, we must show up and engage in it. We must be mindful of how we treat each other, Mother Earth, as well as being responsible and accountable in all our commitments. Mindfulness, which means staying in the present and acting in non-judgmental ways, creates an entrance to our souls, where our life's journey starts on a path of seeking the truth of our existence. Medicine Wheel equation: Courage + Mindfulness + Hope + Accountability = Physical, Spiritual, Emotional + Mental Resilience!” (Shannon Thunderbird, M.A.)
In Native American spirituality, the Medicine Wheel represents harmony and connections and is considered a major symbol of peaceful interaction among all living beings on Earth.
Why are we called Bullhook Community Health Center?
We do accept most major insurances as well as Medicaid. To find out if we accept your insurance, please call us today!
How it all began.
Bullhook Health Center originated in September 2005 as a section of the Hill County Health Department, funded by a federal Healthy Communities Access Planning Grant. This grant allowed the Health Department’s Bullhook Clinic to offer medical and care management services to the community with a sliding fee scale. Patients were able to access coordinated and holistic care with other providers in the community.
On July 1, 2007, a federal Community Health Center Grant was awarded to the board of directors for the new organization called the Bullhook Community Health Center, Inc.
The Bullhook Health Center originated in September of 2005, as a section of the Hill County Health Department, funded by a Federal Healthy Communities Access Planning (HCAP) Grant. This grant allowed the Health Department’s Bullhook Clinic to offer medical and care management services to the community with a sliding fee scale. In addition, the clinic was able to offer medical, dental, vision, mental health, and travel vouchers and education to Hill County residents.
The Bullhook Clinic was founded by an active consortium. The consortium members included health and social service providers, faith based representatives, educational consultants, and members of the Hutterite community. Governance was transferred to a consumer representative board at the time the clinic was established. The consortium is still actively involved in the administration of Hill County’s health care future.
In January of 2006 the Bullhook Clinic received notification that the HCAP grant funding, for their second year of operation, would be cut from the Federal Budget. The budget cut forced the Bullhook Clinic to reorganize internally - reducing the number of non-medical staff. The Federal Budget changes required the Bullhook Clinic to cut six staff members and the outreach program, reduce wages, and increase job duties in order to keep providing services. The clinical section and care management section were able to keep operating.
Even in the face of adversity, the Bullhook Clinic staff and Board of Directors were determined to continue providing quality low cost health care services to the residents of Hill County, Montana. In December of 2006 the Bullhook Clinic staff applied for a Federal New Access Community Health Center Grant as a free-standing clinic.
In July of 2007, the Bullhook Clinic became the Bullhook Community Health Center when a Federal Community Health Center Grant, authorized under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act, was awarded. The Community Health Center grant came at just the right time because of the previous funding cuts the clinic was almost to the point of having to turn people away and help them find other health-care providers. The grant award helped solidify the clinic’s position.
The New Access Community Health Center Grant award allowed the organization to become a free-standing, non-profit entity, under the governance of a patient majority board of directors. At its’ new location, the Bullhook Community Health Center has expanded its’ services to the community with the addition of two Family Nurse Practitioners. Primary Care, health and wellness exams for infants through seniors, sports physicals, and assistance with management of chronic illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure are offered at the clinic.
Beyond medical care, the clinic’s care managers help patients develop life-long self-care plans. Care managers also help patients navigate the care system of medical and social services based on each patient’s needs. As a result of the care managers’ work, patients can prevent illness or progression of illness and avoid the physical, emotional, and financial hardships linked to illness.