Butte-Silver Bow County’s home-health program will no longer be one of three in the state run by local government.
But St. James Healthcare has expressed interest in purchasing the program.
Karen Sullivan, director of the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department, said the services simply don’t fit into the mission to protect the entire population of the area.
“It’s not a public health function,” she said.
The county health board agreed earlier this month and voted to close the program. Sullivan presented the changes to the commissioners Wednesday night. Shannon Holland, the hospital’s vice president of patient care services, also spoke to the council. She said St. James sees it as an opportunity to provide more services in the community.