NBC Montana has confirmed that Frenchtown Family Medicine is closing its doors after more than 15 years in the community. A marketing official with Providence Health and Services, which operates the clinic, confirmed the news, but could not provide further details.
One patient tells NBC Montana that she called the clinic for more information, and was told that the clinic is closing on January 17th. She says she was told that one of the main doctors at the facility will move to a Missoula location. It is not known at this point what will happen to other staff members’ positions.
The clinic has served Frenchtown and surrounding areas for more than fifteen years. Residents from communities like Huson and Alberton visit the clinic as an alternative to driving all the way to Missoula for healthcare.
NBC Montana spoke with several area residents about the closure.
“I just transferred all [my kids’] records here and got all their shots and everything out here,” said Huson resident Sam Bolles. Bolles says she had been taking her kids to Missoula doctors before transferring over to Frenchtown Family Medicine for convenience, but now she’s back to square one.
“It's frustrating. It's sad. Just trying to figure it out is going to be a pain in the butt,” said Bolles.
Frenchtown resident Darrick Bova told NBC Montana that he takes his kids to Frenchtown Family Medicine as well.
“It's really close to where we live and now we have to drive into town to take our kids to the doctor,” said Bova.
NBC Montana also spoke with the owner of Granite Pharmacy in Frenchtown. The pharmacy is right next door to Frenchtown Family Medicine, but is owned and operated independently. He says the pharmacy will likely see an impact to their business, but they will stay open. There are already many customers, he says, who see doctors in Missoula but then return to Frenchtown to fill their prescriptions, and there are a lot of folks in the community that support the local business.