Kalispell Regional Medical Center chosen for Coronavirus alternative care site

Posted at 6:05 PM, May 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 20:05:48-04

Kalispell Regional Medical Center is one of two locations selected to serve the region in the event of a drastic coronavirus case spike.

According to the hospital, Kalispell Regional Medical center was selected by the state's COVID-19 task force.

The alternative temporary facility will be built out on the vacant third floor of Montana Children’s Hospital.

The space will be constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under a Mission Assignment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Funding for this project comes from FEMA with no cost to the hospital.

This makeshift hospital prepares the area for a potential second wave of COVID-19 infections later this year, which could stress Montana’s hospitals.

Construction of the structure will start mid-to late May and will last two to three weeks.

There will be no impact to the staff and patients while construction is on-going.