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.
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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.
2017 Pinedale Health Fair
September 22, 2017
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Special Board Meeting
October 2, 2017
Marbleton Town Hall
A formal public report from Neenan 3 day strategic community planning sessions.
Pinedale Medical Clinic
625 E Hennick Street
Pinedale WY 82941
Pinedale WY 82941
Marbleton-Big Piney Clinic
103 W Third Street
Marbleton WY 83113
Marbleton WY 83113