The Western Montana Clinic officially came into existence on December 3, 1922, with the consolidation of two small physician groups, largely through the leadership of Dr. Harry C. Smith. Dr. Smith, described as a soft-spoken Missoulian with a dry sense of humor, had honed his above-average surgical skills as an Army surgeon in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. After visiting the Mayo Clinic, he was impressed with the potential advantages of group practice.
The four other founders were P. T. McCarthy, a graduate of Rush Medical College in Chicago, an able young surgeon who had graduate training at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston; J.F.S. Marshall, who practiced obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics; John T. Holmes, who favored general medicine and managed the laboratory and x-ray department; and W. J. Marshall, practicing ear, nose, and throat specialist. They established the first offices of the Western Montana Clinic on the second floor of the Higgins Building, just north of the present First Federal Savings and Loan at the northeast corner of Higgins and Main Streets.
The Western Montana Clinic has been providing care to Western Montana since 1922. We are a group of 62 healthcare providers in 14 specialties with close ties to other regional specialists and our local hospitals.
Our Mission is to provide you and your family with the same high quality care that any of us would expect for our families. We strive to do so by providing: A well trained staff concerned with your comfort and well-being. Physicians who are highly trained, Board Certified, well-respected in the community, and residing here because they feel it is the best place to live and practice medicine. Office and hospital care for patients of all ages. High quality ancillary services, ranging from basic laboratory testing to sophisticated CT and MRI Scanning. A commitment to the use of technologies such as a Secure Electronic Medical Record that allow us to organize and access information to provide the best possible care.