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St. Vincent Healthcare Announces Region’s Only Dedicated GI Center Higher Level of Quality, Convenience and Patient Comfort

February 01, 2010

Billings, Montana, Thursday January 28, 2010 - Today St. Vincent Healthcare announced Montana’s only dedicated GI Diagnostic Center; a center that will take patient GI diagnostic and treatment care to an even higher level of quality, convenience and patient comfort. St. Vincent Healthcare held a dedication and press conference today at 3:45pm at the new center, located at 1144 N Broadway, Suite B.

Over the past 20 years, the number of Americans suffering from gastrointestinal disorders has risen by more than 36%. Health experts say this significant growth may be attributed to more hectic lifestyles, poor eating habits, lack of exercise and the overall aging of the population. Of the over 95 million Americans experiencing digestive problems, more than 10 million are hospitalized each year, causing health care costs to exceed $40 billion annually. Increased public awareness of digestive disorders including colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux and heartburn has created more discussion between patients and their physicians, in turn prompting more screening and treatment for patients. This increased patient need has prompted St. Vincent Healthcare to respond.

St. Vincent Healthcare GI Diagnostic Center and Billings Gastrointestinal Associates provide a comprehensive approach to total digestive wellness in a patient-focused environment. St. Vincent Healthcare’s 9600 square foot, 3 million dollar, comprehensive GI center includes four procedure rooms, 14 pre and post recovery bays with privacy glass doors on each room, the most state-of-the-art endoscopy equipment, digital imaging and the only EvoTech scope cleaning equipment in this region, making St. Vincent Healthcare’s GI Diagnostic Center the only location in the state with this level of technology.

Diagnostic and Treatment services available for patients who have gastrointestinal disorders such as:

  • Evaluation and Treatment of Abdominal Pain
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Polyps
  • GERD (heartburn)
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (Colitis, Crohn's Disease)
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Pancreatic Disorders
  • Dyspepsia (Indigestion)
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Liver Diseases
  • Esophageal Narrowing & Swallowing Dysfunction

The Center also includes 5200 sq feet of physician offices for patient convenience, privacy and a more streamlined experience. A private exit for patients after their procedures and readily available parking with easy patient drops off and pick up also makes this center unlike any other in the region.

For more information about the St. Vincent Healthcare GI Diagnostic Center, or for assessment and information about GI procedures and symptoms, please contact your personal physician or Nurse Advisor at 657-8778 or 1-800-762-8778.

About St. Vincent Healthcare

St. Vincent Healthcare is a comprehensive system of award-winning healthcare services located in Billings, Montana. St. Vincent is a regional destination hospital which serves a four-state area and more than 900,000 people each year. A comprehensive range of services include a Level II trauma Center, cardiothoracic and vascular medicine, comprehensive cancer services, family-centered maternal and child health – a Level III B NICU & Pediatric Intensive Care Unit – neurosurgery, orthopedics and the region’s most advanced diagnostic services. St. Vincent Healthcare is part of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. St. Vincent Healthcare’s quality, mission-driven, charitable healthcare has been in existence for more than 110 years. To learn more about St. Vincent Healthcare, visit www.svh-mt.org.