On August 15, 1910, at the request of the community, the Milwaukee Railroad and the doctors associated with the railroad, the Presentation Sisters assumed management and operation of the County Hospital in Miles City. In 1915, the Sisters purchased the hospital.
A vision of a truly integrated healthcare delivery system began to take shape in 1989 when Holy Rosary purchased 58-acres of land on the south side of Miles City with plans for the development of an efficient healthcare campus. Construction on the one-story facility began with groundbreaking ceremonies in October 1993. Extended/acute care operations and physician practices moved from several sites in and near Miles City into the newly constructed Holy Rosary Healthcare in October 1995. A remarkably smooth transition was the result of many hours of planning and preparation by a dedicated team of staff, physicians, board members, volunteers and community members.
In keeping with the New Covenant process, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System took over sponsorship of Holy Rosary Healthcare on April 1, 1997. In 1998, Holy Rosary Healthcare became part of the SCLHS Montana Region, which provides leadership to the three Montana affiliates of SCLHS: Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City, St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings and St. James Healthcare in Butte.
Holy Rosary is currently licensed by the State of Montana and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. Holy Rosary has 25 acute care and 86 extended care beds and 24 physician offices. Walk-in Care is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m and Urgent Care is open weekend & holiday from noon to 6 p.m.
Today, Holy Rosary Healthcare serves several eastern Montana counties, which cover over 20,000 square miles or approximately 13% of Montana. More than half of the people receiving healthcare in Miles City, which has a population of 11,000, are from outside Custer County. Therefore, Holy Rosary Healthcare's impact on the healthcare delivery system reaches far beyond city and county lines.
As Holy Rosary strives to meet the healthcare needs of residents in eastern Montana, continued analysis and careful decision making will ensure access to efficient and effective health care delivery. This is in keeping with the Creed of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System and the Mission of the SCLHS Montana Region and Holy Rosary Healthcare.