shodair genetics

About Shodair


Shodair is creating a healthy and hopeful Montana through specialized psychiatric care for children and adolescents along with a nationally recognized genetics program providing care for all ages.

Shodair Children’s Hospital became a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in 1987 and remains the only CMN hospital in Montana. Every penny of every dollar that is raised during a CMN fundraiser supports Shodair directly. Donated funds help cover costs for Montana families who cannot afford to.

In addition, Shodair first received Joint Commission accreditation in 1992, and has been continuously accredited since that time. Shodair’s education program is an accredited year-round school for elementary, middle, and high school students. Our team of educators are certified in special education and includes six teachers, six teaching assistants, a speech pathologist, a school psychologist, and a principal.

Our Vision

Where we want to be

To be Montana’s leading resource in children’s mental health, family well-being, and genomic care.

Our Values

What we stand for:

  • Non-Violence
  • Social Learning
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Democracy
  • Social Responsibility
  • Open Communication
  • Growth and Change
Our Strategy

Five Keys to Success:

  • Quality, People, Culture
  • Image and Community Involvement
  • Expanded Care Continuum
  • Partnerships and Affiliations
  • Financial Performance
Our Progress

How we measure success:

  • Rate of turnover, readmissions, seclusions, restraints
  • Genetic wait time, consultations, teleconsults, length of stay
  • Lab tests, partnership relationships
  • Operating margin, cash position, foundation support

Our Mission: “To heal, help and inspire hope”


Shodair Children’s Hospital began as a home for orphaned and abandoned children in 1896. As Shodair evolved to meet the needs of Montana’s children, it became the first facility in the state to treat children with polio, the first facility with a department of medical genetics, and the first with a chemical dependency unit dedicated to adolescents.

Since that time, Shodair Children’s Hospital has stayed in step with the ever-changing needs of Montana’s children while providing a safe, therapeutic, and nurturing environment to promote positive change.

Shodair is a nonprofit organization overseen by a board of community members.

Learn more about Shodair’s history


Thank you for your interest in Shodair Children’s Hospital, Montana’s premier provider of psychiatric treatment for children and adolescents, and comprehensive genetic services for people of all ages.

Shodair Children’s Hospital is proud to be accredited by The Joint Commission. This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to patient safety. As part of our commitment to a culture of safety, employees should know that they can communicate directly with The Joint Commission if a problem occurs that an employee believes has not been corrected. No punitive action is taken when an employee communicates directly to The Joint Commission. Anytime staff notes patient safety problems, they should be immediately brought to the attention of a supervisor who is responsible for documenting the concern and taking appropriate corrective action.

Specialized psychiatric and genetic care.

Shodair’s Medical Genetics Program

Services Provided: Shodair’s Medical Genetics Program provides Montana’s only comprehensive care for children and adults with genetic conditions. A team composed of a medical geneticist (MD who specializes in genetics) and a certified genetic counselor provide comprehensive services including diagnostic evaluation, care coordination, and risk assessment. In addition to ordering genetic studies the geneticist is also involved in the test analysis, allowing for seamless care integration that benefits the patients’ as well as their families. Finally, a licensed clinical psychologist provides neuropsychological assessments, as indicated.

Cancer Genetics
Shodair’s Cancer Genetics Program provides consultation and risk assessment for individuals with personal or family history that might suggest an increased lifetime risk of cancer. Ideally, a family history questionnaire (link) is completed by the patient in advance of the visit. This information allows for various risk assessments and the most accurate information, discussion, and recommendations.

Patients are seen in our monthly Helena Cancer Clinic and throughout the state via telemedicine. Visits include comprehensive consultation by a medical geneticist and genetic counselor.

Biochemical Genetics and Newborn Screening Follow up
Shodair’s Biochemical Genetics Program in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Colorado cares for children and adults with inborn errors of metabolism or mitochondrial disease.

Metabolic disorders are rare and often diagnosed in the newborn period through newborn screening (“heel prick test”). Symptoms of metabolic disease vary widely from mild to life-threatening.
Our specialized team provides comprehensive services including diagnostic evaluation, nutritional assessment and management, genetic counseling and risk assessment.

Genetics Laboratory
The Genetics Laboratory at Shodair Children’s Hospital provides answers to families through the diagnosis of rare and complex genetic conditions. Working in tandem with the Clinical Genetics program at Shodair, state-of-the-art genetic techniques are utilized to provide accurate, affordable diagnoses for patients of all ages. Traditional genetic technologies are complemented by cutting-edge techniques such as chromosomal microarray analysis and next-generation sequencing. Our staff is committed to assisting clinicians in selecting the appropriate testing for their patients, and providing the best possible support for our clients in understanding the results. In addition, assistance in the pre-authorization of genetic testing is provided to patients and ordering clinicians.

Information, Tools, and Resources to aid Primary Care Physicians in caring for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) and providing a Medical Home for all of their patients.