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Published on January 06, 2016

Open House set for Bob and Penni Nance Pediatric Unit at Billings Clinic

Public invited Saturday, January 16, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Billings, MT— Billings Clinic invites the public to an open house at the new Bob and Penni Nance Pediatric Unit on Saturday, January 16 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. A presentation and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 11:45 a.m. The unit is located on the second floor of the east wing of Billings Clinic hospital above the cafeteria. The state-of-the-art 8800 square foot pediatric inpatient unit features seven private rooms and provides a dedicated space for children staying in the hospital to receive treatment for illness or injury. The location and design of the unit also brings together Women’s & Children’s services at Billings Clinic into a dedicated hospital wing.

Evidence-based design went into construction of the new unit. A team of doctors, nurses, and leadership staff traveled to children’s hospitals around the country during the development process. Artwork, water features and sounds give the space a sense of nature. Wall accents of blue, aqua and green are inviting and fun with warm amber cherry and light oak flooring. LED lights located above each bed allow the child to choose a unique color to shine in their room. There are two 90” interactive televisions, one at the entrance to the unit and the other inside the unit on the wall near the nurse’s station.

In addition to creating a healing environment, the unit is equipped with security measures to protect young patients. The unit has separate procedure rooms and a family consult room.

The Bob and Penni Nance Pediatric Unit is named after a deeply committed philanthropic couple who have been stalwart supporters of Billings Clinic over the last 40 years. “The generosity of the Nance family has touched almost every aspect of our organization. We are deeply grateful, not only for their generous financial support over the years, but also for the gifts of their wise and visionary leadership,” said Nick Wolter, MD, CEO of Billings Clinic.

Bob and Penni Nance have both served on the Billings Clinic Board of Directors.  Bob Nance was the Chair of Deaconess Hospital during integration when the hospital merged with the Billings Clinic medical group in the early 1990’s forming today’s integrated, community governed, not for profit health care organization. Penni Nance is currently a member of the Billings Clinic Board of Directors and presides over the Quality Committee.

The entire cost to build and equip the Nance Pediatric Unit was 100% funded by philanthropy. “It took a village of donors committed to the health and well-being of children to make this possible.  In addition to the wonderful support of the Nance Family, gifts from generous community members, Billings Clinic physicians and employees and proceeds from the Billings Clinic Classic made this exceptional and creative space for our young patients possible,” said Jim Duncan, President, Billings Clinic Foundation.

Fundraising for the Nance Pediatric Unit is part of the $9.3 million effort underway at Billings Clinic Foundation to help fund a number of transformational projects across Billings Clinic’s downtown campus.

Billings Clinic has the most comprehensive group of pediatricians, pediatric hospitalists and pediatric specialists in the region. Specialties include urology, neurology, pulmonology, cardiology, endocrinology, oncology/hematology, ENT, dermatology, and ophthalmology. 


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