"Making healthcare and wellness immediately available to all communities across the Judith Basin and beyond will improve the overall health of everyone; young and old alike, which will have a lasting impact well into the future. This facility will draw people to the area and it will make it more appealing to potential residents, helping to grow the community." - Doreen Caquelin, Stanford resident and Basin Wellness Center member
Basin Wellness Center, Inc. is a group of local Judith Basin County residents who believe that the people of Judith Basin County and surrounding areas would benefit enormously if they had easier access to a wellness center.
Judith Basin is one of the few counties in Montana that does not have a medical healthcare facility, although it does offer physical therapy services through the CMMC Rehabilitation Department in Stanford.
This fledgling group of individuals has listened to the people of Judith Basin County who would like to see a wellness center, and we have decided to run with the idea. The group is pursuing the building and operation of “Basin Wellness Center” in Stanford, Montana.
Survey Results To test the waters for the idea, we sent out a county-wide (and beyond) survey in November 2018. The results were enthusiastic and promising, and indicated a desire for many types of service for the Center, with these being the top five: Group Exercise, Healthcare (including Physical Therapy, Massage, Primary Care and Chiropractic), Weight Room, Pool, and a Walking/Running Track.
This survey also showed that you were most concerned with improving your health, especially in the areas of heart disease, joint pain, diabetes, obesity, and osteoarthritis.
Proposed facility Our public facility would ideally include exercise equipment, a walking/running track, gym space (for sports and group fitness classes), a climbing wall,a meeting room for educational development, healthcare services (physical therapy, possible massage/chiropractic, and a space for visiting primary care providers), and potentially an indoor pool, if funding provides.
Additionally, the schools in our area would benefit greatly from the Center, as it will provide a variety of additional resources for fitness and athletics. The national childhood obesity rate is 18.5%, 37.7% of U.S. adults are obese, 49% of Americans have at least one of these three risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking), and 30% of United Stated adults do not engage in leisure time physical activity.
With the Wellness Center, when the gym is full, there will be another location to utilize. Children, and adults, will no longer have to go through a process to gain access to a fitness facility. By making these services readily available, we hope to promote the health and wellbeing of everyone across Central Montana. How to help We need your help in making this dream a reality. We have begun the grant-seeking process and are in need of funds to pay for grant writing, provide matching contributions where required if we are awarded grant funds, and explore the architectural and engineering aspects of the project.
If you feel equally strong that there is a need for a Wellness Center in our area, please help by contributing to our PayPal Giving Fund or to the account we have set up at Stockman Bank. You may also contact any of us if you have questions about the plans. Basin Wellness Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has been approved for 501(c)(3) status by the IRS.
"The Basin Wellness Center is an investment in the Judith Basin economy adding to our areas need for healthcare services, appeal as a visitor destination and a great place to live. Grant funding and donations obtained for this doable project will also allow the Basin Wellness Center to have continued economic partnerships with local contractors and an added value benefit to the retail businesses; having quite the positive impact. Continued efforts to create new jobs and continue to find ways to further economic development in our rural area is a common goal for all." - Judith Basin Chamber of Commerce