Surrounded by the natural beauty of Western Montana's Bitterroot Valley, Discovery Care Centre is a premier assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing facility in Hamilton, Montana...

About Us

As the premier assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing facility in Hamilton, Discovery Care Centre provides compassionate and personal skilled care 24 hours a day. We specialize in providing rehabilitation services onsite to help our residents regain their independence and return to their homes.

Bill Watkins and his family founded discovery Care Centre in 1990 with a mission to provide compassionate care and enrichment opportunities for our residents as they transition through life's journey. The physical buildings have been expanded twice to meet demand in the years since, and the population of our residents has more than quadrupled.

Many of our department heads and staff members have been with us for more than 10 years, including a few key members of management that have been with us since our inception. As a locally owned facility, we maintain extensive relationships with the local medical providers (including surgeons, ophthalmologists, dentists, otologists, urologists, orthopedists and general practitioners), pharmacies, medical equipment providers and hospital personnel.

Our natural surroundings of the beautiful Bitterroot Valley in Western Montana, provides an idyllic setting for our residents in their quest for recovery or care. We provide the necessary care and support to permit senior citizens to keep their dignity even as their bodies inevitably decline with age. We emphasize preserving their maximum level of independence, while providing the necessary support for comfort and optimum health.

Our Team

  • Administrator: Rick Bucheit, RN
  • Medical Director: Dr. Lawrence Brouwer, MD
  • Director of Nursing: Nerissa Hawkinson, RN
  • Director of Assisted Living: Amanda Zech
  • Activities Director: Ruth DellaSilva
  • Maintenance: Jerry Steele
  • Social Services: Cara Johnson
  • Business Office Manager: Krista Hall
  • MDS Coordinator: Christy Farley, RN
  • Dietary Manager: Vicki Paddock
  • Housekeeping Manager: Tazia Conkling

At Discovery Care Centre, our goal is to provide the highest level of care. We employ a staff that makes our residents feel at home, but at the same time are highly qualified to provide the best service. It is the blending of exceptional care with warm hospitality that sets Discovery Care Centre apart. We are pleased to provide all of these services under one roof, making us unique in the fact that our residents do not have to leave our facility if their level of care changes. The ability to have our residents stay with us during these situations provides them a sense of security and allows them to develop relationships with staff and other residents, making any change an easier transition. We strive to make Discovery Care Centre relaxed and enjoyable. We welcome you to come visit and tour Discovery Care Centre today!

Woman's face

"May I please extend my gratitude and thanks to all the nurses and staff that cared for me during my 3 week stay at Discovery. There are so many good dedicated people working to help others. I cannot name them all, but they will know who I mean. The smiling faces and encouragement mean so much, and made my recovery process so much easier. Thank you all!!"

Man's Face

"Thank you- two small words for what I would like to express. It hardly begins to cover the scope of the feelings of gratitude we have for all you have done for Alfred over the years and all the advice & assistance you have privided. Thanks for all you do."

Woman's hands

"For 11 years our Mother was a resident of Discovery. We found the staff to be very professional and friendly and that gave us peace of mind that our Mother was being well cared for at all times. If there were concerns about Mom, we immediately heard from a staff member. We will always be grateful for the TLC that Mom received at Discovery."

Woman's face

"The care that mom receives in the memory care wing at Discovery Care Center is beyond our expectations. The angels who work in the wing are so professional and efficient, and yet caring, loving and welcoming. The wing is aptly named - the Forget-Me-Not wing - as the staff make it so easy to stay connected to our loved ones. So they not only take care of our beloved mother, better than we could ourselves."