Like anything, a 40-year-old building shows signs of wear. Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is no exception.
Sweetwater Memorial has a list of projects on its maintenance list. One of those at the top of that list is a project to upgrade the hospital’s heating and cooling system at a cost of approximately $3.25 million. Cooling towers, chillers, pumps and the steam system all must be upgraded.
To help resolve those issues, the Sweetwater County Commission recently set aside $1 million to help cover the costs.
Commissioners Wally Johnson, Randy Wendling and Don Van Matre and outgoing Commissioners John Kolb and Reid West, could have used that money in a variety of ways for a variety of needs countywide. In their wisdom, they chose the county hospital – they understand the vital role Sweetwater Memorial plays in the overall health of the community.
These funds will go a long way in furthering the healthcare needs of its residents. This generous gift will help to maintain a building that serves to provide compassionate care for every life in Sweetwater County.
That act of support has not gone unnoticed by senior leaders and trustees at MHSC. The relationship between the County Commission and the hospital has grown strong and healthy over the last year. MHSC leadership and trustees this year look forward to continuing their solid relationship with commissioners, including the newly elected Roy Lloyd and Jeffrey Smith.
MHSC senior leaders CEO Irene Richardson, Chief Financial Officer Tami Love, Chief Nursing Officer Kristy Nielson, Chief Clinical Officer Kari Quickenden and Chief Legal Executive Suzan Campbell; and MHSC trustees President Richard Mathey, Vice President Taylor Jones, Treasurer Marty Kelsey, Secretary Ed Tardoni and Barbara Sowada
Southwest Wyoming anchors the longest known mule deer migration in the world. This region is also central in the nation’s energy development, and current federal “energy dominance” policy has sped up the leasing process. Despite the Interior Department’s recent order to protect these migrations, the Bureau of Land Management has nothing enforceable in place to ensure this happens.
My husband and I live, work and recreate in this area. One of the things we appreciate the most is the opportunity to enjoy free roaming wildlife. We are also aware that while wildlife face numerous challenges, mule deer are especially imperiled.
Strong lease stipulations specific to mule deer are needed for both migration corridors and crucial winter range. The good news is that Wyoming is leading the nation in migration science.
We already know where many corridors, stopovers, bottlenecks, and crucial winter range are located. The BLM can conserve some of the last and most impressive migration routes in the world by protecting only a few areas.
We ask the ask newly elected Governor Mark Gordon and the Game and Fish Department to take the lead by developing best management practices and insisting that the BLM defer leasing in those areas long enough to develop a permanent, science-based solution and get it right. Wyoming can devise approaches to keep not only the landscape of the corridors intact, but the intergenerational memory of those routes. We’d hate for mule deer to go the way of the buffalo.
Michele and Rob Irwin, Green River