2017 Archive News
Godfrey selected as new Trustee to the Board
(October 20, 2017) The Sublette County Rural Health Care District Board of Trustees has selected its newest Trustee John Godfrey to fill the vacancy left from Kathy Anderson’s resignation. Mr. Godfrey will hold the seat until the next general election in November 2018. The Board of Trustees is the policymaking body of the health care district and has ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances. Read the press release
District Forges Forward For A Critical Access Hospital
(October 6, 2017) On Tuesday, the results of the community’s strategic planning sessions with an analytic report on the economic importance of keeping Sublette County healthy were presented by consultants Michael Curtis of the Neenan Company, Charles Ervin & Brian Haapla of Dougherty Mortgage, and Ann King White of BKD. The findings concluded the District’s lost revenues could be recouped with a Critical Access Hospital, giving better medical care services for the people of Sublette County. Read the report...
SCRHCD Committed to Fighting Breast Cancer
At Sublette County Rural Health Care District, we are committed to fighting breast cancer. We invite St. John's certified Mammography specialists to provide the women of Sublette County breast imaging services the first Wednesday of every month at the Marbleton Medical Clinic. Read more...
The Market Needs Strategic Master Planning Agenda
The Sublette County Rural Health Care District (SCRHCD) invites you to participate in a three (3) day strategic planning session as part of the Dougherty Mortgage/Neenan/BKD analysis being done for the Sublette County critical access hospital (CAH). This planning session will be coordinated and chaired by Michael Curtis of the Neenan Group. The purpose of the planning session is to make sure that we build the right CAH to meet the needs of our county. Click here for the agenda.
The RHCD Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of
Stephen "Buck" Wallace.
Dr Wallace had requested a yearlong sabbatical from the RHCD in May 2016. That was granted by the Board of Trustees with terms of leave being from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017. He is opting to not return to the RHCD. The Board would like to extend their gratitude for his service to the District and respects his decision to move on. During Wallace’s tenure with the District, his leadership and commitment to Emergency Medical Services enabled the District to obtain fast scan ultrasound services, right size the EMS service including the withdrawing of service from Sand Draw to operate more efficiently, extensive education with the EMS team to assure optimal patient outcomes in the field and support for paramedics and advocating for the role they play in rural communities. The RHCD wishes him the best in his next endeavor.
District is donating medical supplies to Belize
JULY 22, 2017 - The Director of Emergency Medical Services, Bill Kluck, was contacted by the Wyoming Office of Emergency Medical Services in search of donations for medical supplies to be sent to Belize. The Sublette County Rural Health Care District (SCRHCD) was happy to participate. “We had an opportunity to donate. It’s a pleasure to be able to offer support to another country who is not as privileged as our nation. We’re happy to help." said Bill Kluck, Director of EMS. The SCRHCD has three mass casualty incident (MCI) trailers in its inventory. Read more...
Dr. Kappenmann stays on with SCRHCD
JULY 17, 2017 - Dr. David Kappenman, MD, has signed a 3-year contract with the Sublette County Rural Health Care District (SCRHCD). Kappenman attended medical school at the University of South Dakota and completed his internship and residency at the Rapid City Regional Hospital Family Practice Residency Program. He is a board-certified family practice physician who joined the District in 2007 and has dedicated over 10 years to this community. Read more...
Collaboration meeting between Sublette County Rural Health Care District and St. John's Medical Center on June 28th, 2017
The Neenan Archistruction Group and Dougherty Mortgage to present their planned scope of work to the public –
Tuesday June 27th, at 7pm in the Lovatt Room in the Pinedale Library
June 26, 2017 - Sublette County Rural Health Care District, in conjunction with St. John’s Medical Center, has approved professional services from The Neenan Archistruction Company, Dougherty Mortgage, and BKD. These companies will use real data from our community, market and competitors to devise a customized facility plan that works for our patients and business plan. Through evidence-based design and Lean thinking, they create hospitable spaces that help patients heal and enable staff to be more efficient. From operational assessments and funding strategies to master planning, architecture and construction, Neenan’s team of in-house experts and strategic partners will guide us through an actionable plan for sustainable growth. This means our critical access hospital, once approved, will be properly sized with the right mix of outpatient and inpatient services to meet our business goals and serve the needs of Sublette County.
On Tuesday, June 27th, at 7pm in the Lovatt Room at the Pinedale Library, two representatives from the Neenan Archistruction Group and Dougherty Mortgage will present their planned scope of work to the Public. Please join us to learn more! Or click scope of work for an overview.
The Neenan Company has 18 years of service to critical access hospitals throughout the Western US. To learn more about them, and to see examples of critical access hospitals the Neenan Company has worked with, click here:
Sublette County Rural Health Care District has selected local Amanda Key as the District's Practice Manager
June 22, 2017 - The Sublette County Rural Health Care District (SCRHCD) organizational chart has the Health Care Administrator position at the pinnacle. This position is currently held by Malenda Hoelscher. Hoelscher has held the position since July 2013 and recently accepted the position of Executive Director for the Living Center at St. John’s Medical Center (SJMC) in Jackson, WY.
During the search for a replacement earlier this year, it became evident that without a firm plan for the hospital, and a salary commensurate to the job description, the interest of qualified candidates in the position waned. With recommendations from the operational analysis conducted by Eide Baily (overseen by the County Commissioners) the SCRHCD Board of Trustees decided to adopt a transitional organization chart. The SCRHCD will temporarily replace the Health Care Administrator position with a Practice Manager. Once the SCRHCD Board has a clear direction and possible timeline for hospital construction, the SCRHCD Board will pursue a Health Care Administrator that can successfully assist them and the community in the transition to hospital services, while maintaining the Practice Manager to oversee clinic operations. Amanda Key will be assuming her position on July 1st, with transition of leadership from Hoelscher to be completed by the end of July. Read more...
Fitzsimmons and Kappenman to answer questions about men's health
June 21, 2017 - The first annual Men’s Health and Safety Expo is a special evening dedicated to Sublette County men, complete with education, resources, and physician’s advice. Sublette County Rural Health Care District’s (RHCD) Medical Directors, Dr. Brendan Fitzsimmons and Dr. David Kappenman along with Physician’s Assistant, Brian Barton, will be available to answer anonymous questions for the “Ask a Doc” panel discussion at 6:30pm. Additionally, RHCD’s team members will be available to discuss with men who don’t have a regular source of healthcare about the district’s family health and urgent care services available at the Marbleton and Pinedale Medical Clinics.
The event runs 5 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28 at the Sublette County Library’s Lovatt Room in Pinedale. The evening will include Sublette County Rural Health Care District, Wyoming Cancer Resource Services, Southwest Counseling, Proactive Rehabilitation, Sublette County Public Health, and county wide health and safety information groups who have come together for Men’s Health Month to raise awareness of the health and safety resources and services available to the men of Sublette County. Free smoked pork sandwiches and coleslaw for men and their guests will be available along with a chance to win over $2,000 in grand prizes and giveaways. For information contact RHCD's Amanda Key at (307) 367-0018.
Malenda Hoelscher is taking on a new position at St. John’s Medical Center
June 9, 2017 - The Sublette County Rural Health Care District (SCRHCD) organizational chart has the Health Care Administrator position at the pinnacle. This position is currently held by Malenda Hoelscher. Hoelscher has held the position since July 2013 and recently accepted a position as Executive Director of Senior Living at St. John’s Medical Center (SJMC) in Jackson, WY.
The SCRHCD is losing a great asset. Hoelscher has achieved many accomplishments for the District during her time. Thanks to her leadership, she has:
An Update from the Rural Health Care District
June 5, 2017 - In recent years, we have all become aware that maintaining the current health care system in Sublette County is problematic due to mounting financial concerns. The Rural Health Care District (RHCD) operates two family practice clinics that offer primary, urgent and emergent care along with radiology and lab services. Along with the necessary supplies and equipment, EMS staff and the recruitment of highly qualified clinic staff to provide those services, there is simply a mismatch. The expense of providing care under this model exceeds the dollars we receive from tax revenue, private payers, insurance companies and governmental programs that provide reimbursement for this care. The RHCD Board of Trustees believes that a stronger affiliation/partnership with St. John’s Medical Center (SJMC) in Jackson, WY will help the RHCD maintain its health care system.
For many decades, the RHCD and SJMC have played important roles in providing primary, urgent, emergent and specialty medical care for residents of Sublette County, WY. In recent years, the collaboration between these two medical communities has been formalized and has grown, with St John’s providing valuable new services and offering administrative guidance for our clinic operations. Beginning in 2015, the RHCD and SJMC began working even more closely to address the medical needs of Sublette County patients. We have seen the addition of new services at no cost to the RHCD, including screening colonoscopy and mammography. These are essential cancer screening services that prevent unnecessary travel and inconvenience.
This Spring, the RHCD and SJMC signed a new non-binding Letter of Intent that captures the spirit of what we hope to accomplish moving forward. We will continue working together over the next several weeks to develop a management agreement to expand the current partnership. The goal is to help ensure the continuation of medical services in Sublette County and the financial sustainability of our clinical operations. This agreement will maintain the independence of the RHCD while will allowing access to the expertise and resources of that SJMC can offer.
Once a draft agreement has been finalized by a joint working committee, it will be available for both Boards to review with their attorneys and then be open to public comment. Comments will be reviewed and any necessary revisions will be made. A decision at that time by both Boards to move forward will be decided by a formal vote.
While SJMC is interested in helping Sublette County develop sustainable medical services, they want to do so with confidence that our towns and county need and desire this assistance. Representatives from SJMC will be meeting with our elected government leaders and other citizens over the next couple weeks to share thoughts and ideas.
The RHCD Board of Trustees appreciates your patience and participation as we explore this exciting possibility to ensure that quality, accessible health care continues to be available in our communities.