A row of Bozeman Health staff and city leaders turned dirt Friday in an empty field that will be a $20 million clinic and surgery center in west Bozeman.

A lineup of speakers including Bozeman Mayor Cyndy Andrus and health care providers praised the idea of care close to home at the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Bozeman Health Neighborhood Care and Surgery Center.

The building at Huffine Lane and South Cottonwood Road will include same-day surgeries, physician offices and primary care.

Bozeman Health President and CEO John Hill said the idea for the site came from a health needs assessment that showed people want an easier way to access care.

“For more than 100 years, Bozeman Health has made a commitment to this community, to the region, to meet the growing health care needs and today is yet another example of that commitment,” Hill said.

Dr. Brennan Dodson with Bozeman Health said he believes the center could become a regional model in quality care and value without unfair costs.

“We’ve seen in the U.S. an unfortunate continued downward trend in value in our health care dollar, patients are paying more to get less,” Dodson said, adding physicians aren’t OK with that trend.

There are more surgery centers opening across the nation as a growing number of people look for ways to avoid overnight hospital stays and the prices that come with that.

Bozeman commissioners approved the building earlier this month. Plans have the outpatient surgery center on the first floor, specialty services on the second and primary care on the third floor.

Builders expect to begin construction sometime this summer. Bozeman Health’s Chief Advancement Officer Jason Smith said the goal is to open the center by fall 2020.

Bozeman Health owns the land. United Surgical Partners International, the nation’s largest ambulatory provider, will manage the same-day surgery center.

The project is one of two plans to bring a new same-day surgery service to town.

Billings Clinic is laying the groundwork for its proposed $40 million center and multispeciality clinic. Last week, hospital officials said they’re still deciding what will go inside the building, partially based on feedback from people who live near Bozeman.

Billings Clinic plans to open the building in the fall of 2021. The clinic’s designs still need to work through city approval.

Katheryn Houghton can be reached at khoughton@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2628. Follow her on Twitter @K_Hought.

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