History

Four young doctors, already busy enough in their solo practices of frontier-type medicine, met under the leadership of Dr. E.M. “Pa” Larson, a general practitioner and surgeon, and decided to become a clinic of specialists. Thus, the Great Falls Clinic, the first group practice in Montana, and one of the first in the West, was born in 1917. Joined by a desire to improve medical care in North central Montana, these four general practitioners felt they could practice more effectively and efficiently through group practice. This pioneering tradition of medicine continues to thrive today at the Great Falls Clinic.


Our Founders

Dr. E.M. Larson, General Practice and Surgery Dr. P. F. Kearney, Obstetrics Dr. R. B. Durnin, Internal Medicine Dr. E. M. Porter, Orthopaedics


TimelinePatient Centered, Physician Led

 

1917
Great Falls Clinic opens
1928
Great Falls Clinic moves to the Strain Building in Great Falls, Montana
1952
Great Falls Clinic moves to 1220 Central Avenue in Great Falls, Montana
1984
Great Falls Clinic moves to new Main Clinic at 1400 29th Street South in Great Falls, Montana
1989
Great Falls Clinic recruits the first Pediatric Cardiologist to Great Falls
1992
Great Falls Clinic recruits the first Neonatologist to Great Falls
1993
Great Falls Clinic recruits the first Perinatologist to Great Falls
1994
Great Falls Clinic expands the Main Clinic in Great Falls
1995
Great Falls Clinic introduces the region’s first stereotactic breast biopsy
1996
Great Falls Clinic partners with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana
1999
Great Falls Clinic opens the Great Falls Clinic – Surgery Center at 1509 29th Street South in Great Falls, Montana
2000
Great Falls Clinic opens the Northwest Clinic at 1600 Division Road in Great Falls, Montana
2000
Great Falls Clinic introduces region’s first “open” MRI
2003
Great Falls Clinic implements the region’s first electronic medical record (EMR)
2004
Great Falls Clinic recruits physicians for its new Hospitalist program
2005
Great Falls Clinic opens new Specialty Center and Clinic Cancer Care at 3000 15th Avenue South in Great Falls, Montana
2006
Great Falls Clinic and Essentia Health partner acquire Central Montana Surgical Hospital at 1411 9th Street South in Great Falls, Montana
2009
Central Montana Surgical HospitaI officially changes its name to Great Falls Clinic Medical Center
2011
Great Falls Clinic, Great Falls Clinic Surgery Center and Great Falls Clinic Medical Center partners with Nashville based Symbion, Inc. to support continued growth and development of healthcare services in Great Falls
2014
Foot & Ankle Clinic of Montana affiliates with the Great Falls Clinic
2014
Groundbreaking for new Great Falls Clinic Medical Center replacement facility located at 3010 15th Avenue South

Meet Our Providers

Barry W. Cohan, MD

Clinical Research

Endocrinology

Craig Sweeney, DO

Anesthesia

Pain Management

Jorge L. Castriz, MD, FACC

Cardiology

Clinical Research

Heart Center

Kristine Kuper, MD

Pediatrics

Walk-In Care

Have a question for us?

If you want to contact us about a medical concern, the best way to do this is by phone 1-800-421-1649.

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