Community Partner Spotlight: Sheridan Memorial Hospital & Foundation
An update from Sheridan Memorial Hospital
Changes and new healthcare technology come fast. Thanks to Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s dedicated Board of Trustees and Leadership that is continually looking for ways to strengthen the options for our community and region, Sheridan Memorial Hospital is well prepared for the future.
Over the last twelve months, many individuals have been involved in the development of a new Strategic Plan for the hospital. The proposed projects are a direct reflection of a strong, growing healthcare system. This growth will enable physicians and staff to continue excellent patient care for our families, friends and neighbors — and for all those seeking care in our rural community.
An overview of the proposed projects includes the following:
- Medical Office Building (a Hospital funded project)
The Medical Office Building is described as the capstone for a strong healthcare future in Sheridan. Located on the east side of the main hospital campus, the new building will provide critical space needed to accommodate the significant growth recently experienced at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. All Big Horn Mountain Medicine primary practice physicians and staff will move into this more convenient and easier to access location. Other areas of specialty care that will also benefit from the expansion include: wound care; ear, nose, and throat; cardiac care; and diabetes education. [location]
- Intensive Care Unit Remodel and Expansion
(Foundation fundraising project)
The ICU is a high-priority strategic project which our hospital employees and physicians all strongly support. The existing unit was built in 1974 and has not changed much since that time, even though the expertise and knowledge of the staff has grown exponentially. The new ICU will expand patient rooms from 7 to 11, increase space for the physicians and nursing staff to more effectively care for critically ill patients and to accommodate necessary medical equipment. Each room will have a private bath and comfortable space for family and loved ones to be nearby. [location]
- Hospice Residence House (Foundation fundraising project)
In 2014, Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s Hospice saw a significant growth in the number of patients seeking Hospice care with their families. Currently in-home hospice is available. Our new Hospice Residence House will provide an additional option for families who may have certain limitations and can no longer care for a loved one at home. At the center of hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to quality, pain-free and dignified end-of-life care with the love and support of families and caregivers. [architectural drawing of building exterior]
- Transitional Care Unit (TCU) Expansion
(Foundation fundraising project)
Currently located in the main medical unit at Sheridan Memorial Hospital, the TCU assists patients with their transition to home after an extended acute or surgical stay. Additional TCU patient rooms will help the hospital accommodate more patients as they work with a team including physicians, nurses, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, and eventually plan for a healthy and successful transition out of the hospital. [conceptual design]
Sheridan Memorial Hospital maintains excellent business practices. In the past 10 years, the operational budget has doubled from $60 to $100 million. With this incredible growth, it should be noted that the hospital has no long-term debt. Today, while many smaller hospitals struggle, Sheridan Memorial Hospital is proud to acknowledge that it is debt-free. Much of this can be attributed directly to the strong culture of philanthropy throughout our generous community and within the hospital.
Major projects Sheridan Memorial Hospital completed over the past several years include the new Welch Cancer Center, Cardiology services including the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, implementation of federally mandated electronic medical records, urgent care, and growing internal medicine practices which include 13 physicians and practitioners. Two more physicians are expected this summer.
Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s leadership strives to advance healthcare in our community by increasing services through planned growth. We will continue to move our community into the future, providing excellent care to those who choose to live, work and raise their families in northeastern Wyoming.
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