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Riverton Medical District gaining ground in funds for nonprofit hospital

Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 11:36 PM CST
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FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

The Riverton Medical District is a diverse group of community members that have been engaged in planning and fund-raising for a nonprofit hospital to come to Riverton. What looks like nothing more than a field across from the Hampton Inn in Riverton, could be the location for Riverton Medical District’s hospital, bringing essential medical services back to Riverton.

“Our hospitals here in the county are owned by a for-profit private company called LifePoint, who is owned by an even bigger company called Apollo Investment Group, and all decisions about our healthcare are made back east,” stated Corte McGuffey from the Riverton Medical District. McGuffey said a local nonprofit hospital would allow locals to have a say in the health care that’s offered here, and the cost of that health care.

“When the decisions are about dollars and not about healthcare, then the healthcare suffers,” added McGuffey.

The Riverton Medical District was formed over two years ago to bring services that have left, back to Riverton and the county. According to Corte, the district is now comprised of retired physicians, current physicians, lawyers, the former CFO of the hospital in Riverton, accountants, and business owners.

“While we’ve dedicated, two and a half years of our lives to build a hospital, we’re also smart enough to know we don’t know how to manage and run a hospital. That’s why we’ve enlisted the help of a management company to come help us do that,” stated McGuffey.

The plan is for a 35 million dollar, 60,000 square foot facility. Their plan is to apply to the USDA Community Facilities Program for a loan. That loan requires a down-payment of at least 10 percent. “We’re getting closer all the time, and we’ll just keep working until we get there,” emphasized McGuffey. More fundraisers will be held in the coming months to reach their goal.

They hope to have the loan submitted by the spring, and if all goes well, the group hopes to break ground on the hospital by the end of the year. However, McGuffey noted that one thing he’s learned through this process is that bumps and snags occur, and plans could always change.

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