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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What exactly is a Community Health Center?
Community Health Centers are local, non-profit, community-owned health care centers operating in communities across the nation. For nearly 40 years, the national network of health centers has provided high quality affordable primary care. Also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers, they are located in areas where care is needed but scarce.
2. I have health insurance benefits, why would I want to go to Partnership Health Center?
Partnership Health Center is your community health center--we offer health care to everyone in our community. By supporting Missoula's community health center, you'll receive high quality health care at great savings. Partnership Health Center offers comprehensive medical care for the whole family, dental care, and pharmacy services.
3. How do I know if I my salary is too high to qualify?
There are no income restrictions to receiving care at Partnership Health Center. Depending on your family income and family size, you may qualify for discounts on our sliding fee scale.
4. Developing a relationship with my doctor is important to me, can I choose which doctor I see?
Yes! We encourage you to be a full participant in your own health care. We have over 35 providers, including a growing number of Medical Residents practicing at PHC under the University of Montana’s Family Medicine Residency Program. Below is a list of our current providers. Open panels may vary. Please call 258-4789 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Partnership Health Center Providers:
  • Dr. Darin Bell
  • Danielle Chapin, PA-C
  • Dr. Kevin Chin, DO
  • Lila Erickson, PA-C
  • Dr. Todd Fife (Seeley Swan Health Center)
  • Dr. Colleen Harrison
  • Dr. Nerissa Koehn
  • Dr. Kate Krebsbach, DO
  • Winslow Lewis, PA-C
  • Doug Marbarger, PA-C
  • Dr. Marc Mentel, DO
  • Dr. John Miller
  • Dr. Elizabeth Paddock
  • Lynne Rogers, FNP
  • Dr. Ned Vasquez

U of M Family Medicine Residency Providers
  • Dr. Nick Blake
  • Dr. Nicole Breen, DO
  • Dr. Jesse Charles
  • Dr. Harshida Chaudhari
  • Dr. Amy Consson
  • Dr. Michael Druschel
  • Dr. Benjamin Grass
  • Dr. Felicia Lucas
  • Dr. Daniel McCarthy, DO
  • Dr. Tim Ochoa, DO
  • Dr. Justin Perry
  • Dr. Saul Rivard
  • Dr. Nicole Russell
  • Dr. Megan Svec
  • Dr. Sarah Watson, DO
  • Dr. Emma Wright
  • Dr. Sarah Zuger
5. My husband has a chronic medical condition that requires monitoring by a physician, is this beyond the scope of care provided at Partnership Health Center?
No. At Partnership Health Center, we provide care to many patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses. In fact, Partnership Health Center has participated in the National Diabetes Collaborative for the past three years. This has provided our practitioners with the best and latest information in diabetes management, and has strengthened Partnership Health Center's ability to provide chronic disease management for a wide array of illnesses.
6. How long does it take to get an appointment with a doctor?
The current waiting time to see a provider is about 2 to 4 weeks. Once you have been seen as a New Patient & established Primary Care with a provider, Partnership Health Center has a number of Same Day Appointments available for established patients. If you call when the phones open at 8am Monday & Wednesday-Friday, or at 9am on Tuesday, there is a good chance we can see you the same day. If you have a child under the age of 18yrs who needs to be seen, bring them in. We will work them in, no matter their status as a patient at PHC. If you are an adult and need to be seen in the short term as a New Patient, please call or come in. We may have a cancellation open for you.
7. I hear so much about the demand for dental services and the long wait to see a dentist at Partnership Health Center. Should I bother trying to make a dental appointment at Partnership Health Center?
Partnership Health Center was awarded a Federal Oral Health Expansion Grant that effectively doubled the size of our dental clinic in 2005. Currently PHC has five dentists and three hygienists. Urgent appointments are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 7:15am. You do not have to be an established PHC Dental patient to be seen for an emergency appointment, they are walk-in only. If you’d like to schedule a New Patient Comprehensive Exam for ongoing dental treatment, call 258-4185 on a Monday or a Tuesday to schedule. These appointments are generally booked out about 4 weeks due to high demand for dental services on a sliding fee scale.
8. My daughter's medications are expensive. Can Partnership Health Center's pharmacy provide any savings?
As a patient at Partnership Health Center, you qualify for certain medicines at costs reduced 25% to 50% depending on the medication. Our pharmacy also has a number of medication assistance programs that can provide other discounts.
9. What if I need specialty care?
Partnership Health Center has a strong relationship with specialists in private practice and will refer you to specialists as necessary. The sliding fee scale does not apply to charges rendered at a private clinic. However, PHC also rotates a few specialists through its’ clinic that may see you at PHC on the sliding fee scale upon an in-house referral.
10. My child is starting day care, can Partnership Health Center provide her with the right immunizations and a physical?
Yes! Partnership Health Center provides physical exams to people of all ages, and provides immunizations for children of all ages, adults, as well as seasonal flu shots.
11. I am currently happy with my family's doctor's office. However, my mother-in-law is on Medicare and having a hard time affording her health care costs. Can Partnership Health Center help her?
Yes, however, your family member will need to transfer their primary care to PHC. All of our discounted services begin with primary care. As a Federally Qualified Community Health Center, Partnership Health Center can provide assistance to Medicare beneficiaries.
12. Where is Partnership Health Center located?
Partnership Health Center is conveniently located in downtown Missoula, at 401 Railroad St. W. PHC is easily accessed from I-90 via the Orange St Exit. PHC is also just blocks away from the Mountain Line Transfer Station also located downtown.
13. When is Partnership Health Center open for business?
  1. Medical Clinic hours: 7:30-6pm M, W-F (phone lines open at 8am); 9am-6pm Tues
  2. Lab hours: 8:30am-4:30pm M, W-F; 9am-4:30pm Tues
  3. Dental Clinic hours: 7:15am-5pm M, W-F; 9am-5pm Tues
  4. Pharmacy hours: 8:30am-6pm M, W-F; 9am-6pm Tues

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