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Southwest Montana Veterans Home (SWMVH)

The Southwest Montana Veterans Home (SWMVH) will be located in Butte Montana. Construction on the facility begins in April, 2019.  

The facility will be in a cottage format with a community center.  Each cottage will have 12 beds with a home-like atmosphere.  Care will be tailored to meet the desires of each individual in the facility.

A memory care unit (not part of the original submittal) to provide Alzheimer and Dementia care is being considered pending additional information and funding.

The facility will be located on 10 acres, donated by Don Harrington and his estate, between Continental Drive and Blacktail Loop.  The property has been transferred from Don Harrington’s estate to the State of Montana.

  • Admission Application
    Please send applications to Shaunda Hildebrand at PO Box 4210, Helena, MT  59604

More information and photos will be available as the project continues.

Men digging the first hole  Men with flagsShovels leaning against a bus

Additional Information:

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When will the SWMVH be built?

The target start of construction is April/May 2019, depending on weather. 

Butte-Silver Bow County has brought all utilities to the site.

When will the SWMVH open?

Construction will take approximately 18 months to complete. Target opening of the facility is late summer of 2020.

What is the cost of the Project?

When the application was submitted in 2011 the cost of the project was $13,750,000 with the VA (federal) portion being $8,937,500 and the state portion $4,812,500.

Due to inflation, the project cost is estimated to be $18.4M and the State has $5.3M of State funds authorized.  

The VA will be funding $9,721,250 and the State has $5,234,519 for construction of 3 cottages and the community center building.  HB5 of the 2019 Legislative Session has a funding request for the remaining 2 cottages’ cost of $5,000,000.

Is this going to be set up similar to the Eastern Montana Veterans Home (EMVH)?

Yes, EMVH is managed and operated under a contract that is managed by the Senior & Long Term Care Division of the department.  A contract liaison will be hired in SFY20 to help facilitate construction requirements for operation and the develop and coordinate the RFP process for vendor to operate the SWMVH.

How will this positively impact our other Veterans Homes?

There will be minimal impacts to EMVH and the Montana Veterans Home (MVH).  The positive impacts will be to Montana veterans needing a skilled nursing facility.  MVH currently has a waiting list of over 100 veterans and it is possible some of those waiting will be willing to enter the SWMVH rather than continue to wait for an opening.

SWMVH Progress Pictures

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