310 Sansome Street
P.O. Box 729
Philipsburg, MT 59858
(406) 859-3271
info@gcmedcenter.org

James (Jim) Waldbillig

James (Jim) Waldbillig

Board chair Jim Waldbillig, lifelong (so far) resident of Philipsburg and Granite County, has the unique distinction of having been born in Granite County Hospital. The total cost was around $35—“I think my Mom still has the receipt”, he says jokingly. “I grew up understanding the importance of our local hospital and nursing home-my mother worked as a registered nurse there and my father, as a Granite County Commissioner, was instrumental in obtaining the Kellogg Grant that financed the construction of the original nursing home that took place in the 1970’s. My dad, along with Margo Bowers, hand-delivered the grant, traveling to Denver, Colorado by his own accord-no financial assistance was provided by the county. My grandparents were residents at the nursing home as well.”
Jim attended school in Philipsburg, graduating from Granite High School in 1979. He continued his education at Northern Montana College in Havre and Montana State University in Bozeman. He graduated from Montana State (Go Cats!!) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture in 1984.
Jim and his wife Jill, music teacher at Philipsburg Public Schools, married in 1991 and are the parents of three children-Zach is a first year diesel technology student at UM-COT; Austin, a sophomore and Marie, a freshman , both attend Granite High School.
Jim understands the importance of volunteer service for the betterment of all. He served as a volunteer for the local ambulance for four years, and has been a member of the National Ski patrol for 25 years. He has held a Winter Emergency Care (WEC) card, the equivalent of an EMT-Basic card, since 1987.
Jim served on the local school board for one term and was instrumental in the formation of the Fire Service Area. One major achievement of the FSA was the acquisition of a new water tender for fire control in the Fire Service Area and the town of Philipsburg. He has served as the chairman since the FSA was formed. Jim began his service on the Hospital Board in 2006 when it was still an advisory board, and continued on when the transition to a Hospital District occurred . Jim believes the biggest challenge for the Hospital District is maintaining an environment that provides adequate medical care for all in Granite County without breaking the bank.


Additional Information

Location:
Granite County Medical Center
310 South Sansome Street
Philipsburg, MT 59858
1 (406) 859-3271