Dec 23, 2013 7:52 PM by Keele Smith - KBZK News

Study Shows Average Wait Time at Bozeman Deaconess Emergency Room

A recent study shows the average wait time at the Bozeman Deaconess emergency room is 36 minutes.

That's the average time from when a patient checks in to actually seeing a doctor.

The study is based off of last year's data and since then, Bozeman Deaconess has opened a new emergency room.
Officials say now, the average wait time is probably closer to 20 minutes.
They say they're doing a good job on getting labs drawn and treating patients for pain quickly but there's still room for improvement.

"It's the complete process of arrival time to discharge," Emergency Department Nurse Manager Angela Jennings said. "We do need to make that shorter and we are working towards that. That's a strategic goal for the hospital."

Here's how Bozeman Deaconess compares to other hospitals in the state and a link to the main article on

Benefis (Great Falls) 55m
Community (Missoula) 45m
St. Patrick's (Missoula) 43m
Northern Montana (Havre) 39m
Bozeman Deaconess 36m
St. Peter's (Helena) 26m
Holy Rosary (Miles City) 24m
St. Vincent (Billings) 22m
St. James (Butte) 15m
Billings Clinic 15m
Provident St. Joseph's (Polson) 12m
Central Montana (Lewistown) 10m
Kalispell Regional 8m

For the ProPublica article on wait times at the emergency room, click here.


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