WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience (WRITE)


Hardin, Montana WRITE Site

St. Vincent Physician Network Hardin Clinic

16 North Miles Ave, Suite 101
Hardin, MT 59034

Phone: 406-665-2205


Bighorn Valley Health Center

10 4th St W, Hardin, MT 59034

Phone: 406-665-4103

Located 50 miles east of Billings, Hardin is surrounded by the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian reservations. Hardin’s population is about 3500. Hardin is the county seat for Big Horn County – population close to 13,000. Additional information is available at http://www.thehardinchamber.org/


Primary WRITE Preceptors:


David Mark, M.D., Pediatrician, Internal Medicine
CEO for Bighorn Valley Health Center. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.
Email: david.mark@bighornvalley.org



Ashley Quanbeck, M.D., Family Medicine
A practioner at the Hardin Clinic, Dr. Quanbeck graduated from University of North Dakota School of Medicine in 2007. She completed her residency at Billings Montana Family Medicine Residency in 2010. She started in Hardin in 2010.

Email: ashleyqmd@gmail.com


Participating Healthcare Providers:

St. Vincent Healthcare, Hardin Clinic:
Dr. Gary Ostahowski, M.D. (FM) Kim Caprata PA-C, Shannon McGinity, FNP

Big Horn Valley Clinic  (FQHC): Dr. James Upchurch, M.D. (FM), Nicole Turnsplenty, FNP


Clinic: St. Vincent Physician Network (Hardin Clinic) is dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare to every member of our community. Our provider team is comprised of family practice physicians and a physician’s assistant. Providing quality, hometown care is a priority of our providers and we see over 19,000 patients each year. Our team takes time to know you and your family, to answer any questions you may have regarding your care and coordinates specialized care if it is needed..

Website: www.svh-mt.org/services-and-departments/primary-care/clinics/hardin-clinic/

Hospital: Big Horn County Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital, serving patients in three contiguous counties. Services include OB, emergency medicine, general surgery, geriatric care, laboratory and diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy. The hospital’s web site is www.bighornvalley.org

Nursing Home: Part of Big Horn County Memorial Hospital, Heritage Acres Nursing Home complex includes long term care beds and assisted living and independent living apartments.

What to Expect:
Students will work with Hardin Clinic physicians for majority of family medicine experience, including OB, psych, chronic care, and peds patients. Will work at Big Horn Valley Health Health Center for internal medicine. Daily rounding at hospital will occur with preceptor and other providers. Surgery is possible and is covered by the FM physicians. ER work is with mid-levels, with physicians providing back-up coverage.Areas of interest in and around the community: Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument (“Custer’s Last Stand”) and Big Horn County Historical Museum. Outdoor recreation abounds and includes hunting, fishing, and hiking in the surrounding rugged landscape. Of particular interest is the Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area.

Hardin is 50 miles east of Billings. To see a map of where we are located and/or get directions from other locations, go to Google Maps.

Housing: Provided

Weather Trends:
Hardin has a semi-arid climate with windy cold “dry” winters and hot, wetter summers.