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Respiratory Screening Facilities adjust, add locations

The Respiratory Screening Facilities were launched in March to protect the population, patients, staff and visitors from exposure while allowing for the continuity of operations and patient care at hospitals and clinics. To prepare for the possible influx of tourism this summer, we’ll be adding two new Respiratory Screening Facility locations—one in Columbia Falls, beginning June 8th, and one in West Glacier, beginning on June 15th. We will also be converting the Whitefish screening facility into a pre-operation COVID-19 screening for designated patients.

Patients seeking weekend medical care at a Respiratory Screening Facility can visit the Kalispell location at 1287 Burns Way or the West Glacier Clinic.

Patients also can continue to call our 24-hour call centers at (406) 890-7272 for adults or (406) 890-7273 for children, for advice about seeking additional medical care, and whether testing for influenza and COVID–19 is indicated.

“When we established these Respiratory Screening Facilities, we designed them to scale up or down depending on the demand for services,” said Doug Nelson, M.D. “While the numbers of patients visiting the facilities has slowed down, we can quickly scale back up should there be an increased need.”

There are four site locations—in Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Eureka, and West Glacier. All locations are staffed by Kalispell Regional Medical Center and North Valley Hospital staff and are identified with “Respiratory Screening Facility” signage. 

Following are the adjusted locations:

Kalispell Screening Facility
1287 Burns Way
Kalispell, MT

Hours of Operations:
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Columbia Falls Screening Facility
1675 Talbot Road
Columbia Falls, MT

Hours of Operations:
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Eureka Screening Facility
304 Osloski Rd.
Eureka, MT

Hours of Operations:
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

West Glacier Clinic Urgent Care/Screening Facility
120 Going to the Sun Road
West Glacier, MT

Hours of Operations:
DAILY 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dr. Nelson further explained that it is still important for the community to practice precautions for the health and safety of others. Community members are reminded that the best way to prevent the spread of illness is through preventive measures including:

  • Washing hands thoroughly and often.
  • Covering your cough.
  • Avoiding touching your face.
  • Staying home if you’re sick.
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are ill.
  • Wear a mask in public areas

Visit www.krh.org/COVID-19 for up-to-date information and care resources.