Washakie Medical Center Brought Back to Life with Joint Contributions

People in Worland got a chance to explore their newly remodeled hospital Tuesday night, as they helped celebrate the 27 million dollar renovation and expansion of the Washakie Medical Center.

When the hospital opened all of its doors, inside and out, hundreds came.

The people who live in and around Worland saw improvements and additions to practically every corner at the medical center.

“Almost everything is new.”

Washakie Medical Center CEO Jay Stallings said the two year, 27 million dollar project produced a new surgical suite with two state of the art operating rooms and one endoscopy suite for less invasive operations.

Also, two new labor and delivery rooms were added, with couches that fold out into beds and recliners that make even dad more comfortable.

“We have new patient, in-patient rooms, pharmacy, lab, just about everything that is clinical is brand new here,” said Stallings.

He added even the chapel is new and the two year project was completed through a public private partnership with Washakie County, who owns the building, and ANB Bank which loaned the money for the renovations and non-profit hospital administration, Banner Health.

But was it worth it?

“I’ve been asked that a lot. And my response is simply why would we do anything other than our best in providing care, facility and technology to the people and community of this basin?”

Wyoming’s Secretary of State, Ed Murray thought so as he came to the open house.

“Having quality healthcare is an important component of economic stability and growth and diversification.”

Now, the 55 year old county hospital has an attractive new entry, serving Wyoming’s Washakie County of around 10,000 people.