McLeod StreetPioneer Medical Center (PMC) is a 25 bed critical access hospital. The PMC includes a rural health clinic, hospice, ambulance service, public health, and assisted living facility. 

 Our Mission:

 Sustainable excellence in patient and resident focused care.

 Our Vision:

Grow to become the trusted healthcare provider and employer of choice in Sweet Grass County.

 Our Values:








History of Pioneer Medical Center

Access to health care services has long been a priority of the residents of Sweet Grass County.  The original hospital and nursing home were built in 1950 and 1965 as separate entities and individual and group donations were the key to building and operating these facilities. In 1992, the hospital closed due to financial reasons, but reopened in 1995 in the same location as the nursing home.  In order to reopen the hospital, a major expansion to the nursing home’s physical plant was required. The expansion was financed through a general obligation bond, nursing home reserves, donations from the Sweet Grass Health Care Foundation and a Community Development Block Grant.  In 1998 and 2001, expansions also added a rural health clinic and assisted living facility.  These expansions were largely funded by medical center reserves, local donations, revenue bonds and a USDA rural development loan.

Since 1995, Pioneer Medical Center has continued to add staff and services to grow to meet the health care needs of Sweet Grass County residents.  Currently, the Pioneer Medical Center is the second largest employer in Sweet Grass County with nearly 150 employees. The total economic impact attributable to PMC operations is estimated at over $8.5 million dollars.

About Big Timber, MT

Big Timber, Montana, a community of nearly 2,000 people, is located in the Yellowstone River Valley in south-central Montana with the Crazy and Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains nearby.  Big Timber is the county seat of Sweet Grass County.  The town is located on I-90, a busy transportation route and Montana’s only east-west interstate highway.    County population is about 3,800 people.  The town has an active business district with over 160 businesses.  The economy has a solid agriculture and ranching foundation.  Also, Stillwater Mining Company, the largest private-sector employer in Montana, mines platinum and palladium in the area, providing many jobs.  Opportunities for outdoor activities (hiking, fishing, hunting and boating) are plentiful with the mountains 15 minutes away and the Yellowstone and Boulder Rivers and high-mountain lakes not far from town.  The community has excellent schools, clean air and no congestion, pollution, or big-city crime.  Big Timber is a friendly town where people still wave at each other when driving down the street.  Billings, the largest city in Montana [population 100,000], is 80 miles away.

For more about Big Timber and the surrounding area, visit:

Big Timber, MT Profile

Big Timber/Sweet Grass County Chamber of Commerce

Big Timber and Sweet Grass County Montana Visitor Guide

Sweet Grass County High School

Sweet Grass County Schools

***You can now pay your PMC Bill Online. Click here to access the link.