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  • Sweetwater Memorial breaks ground on lab expansion

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|May 30, 2024

    Hospital leaders and local dignitaries broke ground Thursday on a laboratory renovation and expansion project. Once completed, it will provide a new outpatient setting for Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County's current main laboratory, curbside access and an enhanced patient experience. "We are so excited about the laboratory renovation and expansion project," said MHSC CEO Irene Richardson. "The layout will allow our patients to access the laboratory without having to enter the main building... Full story

  • Hospital receives grants, doctor joins committee

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Apr 11, 2024

    Cancer center receives WBCI grant A grant for $7,350 recently was awarded to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County's Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center by the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative. The grant provides money for a Navigation and Wellness Program. The program includes helping breast cancer patients with gas cards, hotel vouchers, and offering classes to patients and survivors to help with physical, mental, emotional and social well-being. Those classes will include a six-week yoga... Full story

  • Grant helps hospital purchase state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment

    Deb Sutton, Sweetwater Memorial Marketing Director|Mar 28, 2024

    The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted $551,594 to the Memorial Hospital Foundation to purchase six new ultrasound machines for the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County as part of a statewide ultrasound initiative across Wyoming. The initiative includes nearly $13.9 million to help Wyoming hospitals and health centers purchase ultrasound imaging devices and boost sonography and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) training opportunities across the state. "The Leona M. and... Full story

  • Local doctor among authors of oncology group call-to-action

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Jan 18, 2024

    A new call-to-action published January 9 in the journal Cancer details practical steps for the oncology research and clinical care communities to expand access to clinical trials and enable patients to participate closer to their homes. The paper, authored by members of an American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Task Force including Dr. Banu Symington, oncologist/hematologist at Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center, illuminates the importance of enabling patients to receive trial related... Full story

  • Sweetwater Memorial has new chef manager

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Jan 11, 2024

    Preparation and communication is the secret to cooking for large groups of people, according to Robert Adams, the new chef manager at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Unidine, the hospital's contracted food service provider, made a good choice with Adams, said Chief Clinical Officer Kari Quickenden. "We are excited to have Chef Rob on board," Quickenden said. "He is committed to taking our meal service and retail programs to the next level." Adams said he grew up with a love of cooking.... Full story

  • MHSC offers new technology for knee and hip replacement

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Jan 4, 2024

    Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County now offers Mako SmartRobotics, an advancement in joint replacement surgery that will transform the way total knee and hip replacements are performed. Mako SmartRobotics consists of three unique components – 3D CT-based planning, AccuStop haptic technology and insightful data analytics. The technology can help surgeons plan for better outcomes like less pain and quicker recovery times compared to manual surgery, helping patients get back to the things t... Full story

  • MHSC staff retains executive leaders

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Dec 14, 2023

    The Medical Staff of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County recently elected new officers for the coming year. During a recent meeting, the medical staff elected to retain General Surgeon Brianne Crofts, MD, as chief of staff, and Hospitalist Alicia Gray, MD, as vice chief of staff. Anesthesiologist Steven Croft, MD, will continue to serve as secretary/treasurer. The MHSC Medicine Department elected Radiation Oncologist Joshua Binks, M.D., as chairman, and Pulmonologist Rasheel Chowdhary, MD,... Full story

  • Sweetwater Memorial welcomes new trustee

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Nov 22, 2023

    Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County's Board of Trustees recently welcomed its newest board member, Nena James. The Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, Nov. 7 unanimously appointed James to fill the unexpired term of Taylor Jones, who was elected to a seat on the County Commission. During a Friday morning Special Board of Trustees meeting, board attorney Geoff Phillips administered the oath of office. In her application, James said Sweetwater County has been her home... Full story

  • Sweetwater Memorial Hospital hires new hospitalist

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Nov 9, 2023

    There is no better feeling than helping a child recover from an illness, said May Poundstone, M.D., Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County's new adult and pediatric hospitalist. Poundstone recently joined hospitalists Dr. Alicia Gray and Dr. Ahmad Bashirimoghaddam, and pediatric hospitalists Dr. William Sarette and Dr. Janene Glyn. "We are so excited to welcome Dr. Poundstone to our hospital family," said MHSC CEO Irene Richardson. "She is very happy to be here and is looking forward to working... Full story

  • Hospital Chief Nursing Officer earns national certification

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Nov 9, 2023

    Working with patients, nurses and employee teams at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is what brings a smile to Ann Clevenger's face. It's what prompted the MHSC Chief Nursing Officer to seek national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center for Nurse Executive Advanced Board Certification. "I love the opportunity to work with the individuals and teams at MHSC, as well as patients," Clevenger said. "I love the opportunity to guide compassionate, quality, and safe... Full story

  • Three Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County nurses honored with state awards

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Nov 9, 2023

    Three Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County nurses were honored during the Wyoming Nurses Association's recent Nursing Summit and Convention – Nursing the Wyoming Way. The 2023 WNA Nursing Award winners were announced during the September event in Cheyenne. They include Registered Nurses Julie Leavitt, Robyn Owens, and Kaylee Laws. "MHSC is extremely proud of our professional nurses who continue to go above and beyond for the patients in our community," said MHSC Chief Nursing Officer Ann C... Full story

  • Third general surgeon joins MHSC

    Deb Sutton, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Marketing Director|Sep 28, 2023

    One of the numerous advantages of joining the general surgery team at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is the hospital's commitment to securing a da Vinci Robotic System, according to General Surgeon Kyle Hoffman, M.D. He recently joined Dr. Brianne Crofts and Dr. Augusto Jamias at the General Surgery Clinic of Sweetwater Memorial. "Dr. Hoffman will be an excellent addition to our general surgery team and we are thrilled that he will be joining our hospital family," said MHSC CEO Irene Ric... Full story

  • MHSC nurse receives national certification

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Sep 14, 2023

    Growing up in southwestern Wyoming among a wide variety of demanding industries led one of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County's nurses to strive for national certification. Registered Nurse Robyn Owens' job at the Family & Occupational Medicine Clinic of Sweetwater Memorial is as varied as her expertise, which now includes national certification through the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses. "I embarked on this certification because I grew up in this area and I was able to see... Full story

  • Clinics have new practice coordinator

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Sep 14, 2023

    Relationships – with staff and patients – are the best part about working in a healthcare clinic, says Misty Cozad, the new Practice Coordinator for the Family Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Sweetwater Walk-In clinics at 3000 College Drive. "From registration to providing care, everyone in the building is continuously building relationships with patients and with each other," Cozad said. "Each of us makes a difference in a patient's life, if only for a brief moment." Cozad's position is... Full story

  • Dedication to care is recognized

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Sep 14, 2023

    A dedication to high-quality care earned Kara Jackson, Quality Director at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, recognition as a finalist for the Norman S. Holt Award for Nursing Excellence during the Wyoming Hospital Association's Conference Aug. 30-31. "Being nominated for this award is such an honor. I am so grateful to my team, our leadership team, and our staff at the hospital," Jackson said. "What we do here requires collaboration and determination and we look forward to continuing to... Full story

  • MHSC receives UW Nursing award, hosted five UW BRAND students this past year

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Sep 14, 2023

    Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County recently was honored with the 2023-24 University of Wyoming Community Partner award from the Basic BSN and BRAND nursing programs of the UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing. "We are very appreciative of the support of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County this past year," said Sherrill J. Smith, Dean and Professor at Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing. The hospital is "an outstanding community partner who works with our school to bring all of our students'... Full story

  • Memorial Hospital program saves patients $4.5M

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Aug 31, 2023

    ROCK SPRINGS — Patients of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County saved $4.5 million during the last fiscal year thanks to one program – Patient Financial Navigation. The program was created to help patients and their families address financial needs and to help reduce barriers and stress related to healthcare costs, visits, and treatment. Patient Navigators Melida Marin and Megan Benedict work directly with each patient to explain and assess obstacles and needs. They help patients understand out-of-pocket expenses, health insurance coverage, a...

  • MHSC #1 statewide in social responsibility

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Jul 27, 2023

    Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is Wyoming's most socially responsible hospital, according to the Lown Institute's 2023 list of America's most socially responsible hospitals. MHSC scored high in all measures of health equity, value of care, and patient outcomes, earning an overall "A" grade. "Being socially responsible is what our hospital, our community's hospital, stands for," said MHSC CEO Irene Richardson. "Our mission is 'Compassionate care for every life we touch.'" "This... Full story

  • Hospital manager joins mental health board

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Jul 27, 2023

    Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County's Melissa Bates recently was appointed by the Sweetwater County Board of Commissioners to serve on the Board of Directors of Southwest Counseling Services. "She has a very strong background in mental health," Commissioner Island Richards said during the June 20 meeting. "With her position at the hospital, she brings a wealth of information in this field and would be a good fit for this board." Bates is the Behavioral Health Manager, working with the... Full story

  • MHSC laboratory has new director

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Jul 27, 2023

    Aimee Urbin has been promoted to Director of Medical Laboratory Services at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Urbin first began working for MHSC as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in 2018. She later worked as its Point-of-Care Coordinator. Most recently, she served as Assistant Director under Laboratory Director Mary Fischer for more than a year. "I am very grateful to have served our hospital, community, and our patients as Director of Laboratory Services," said Fischer, who plans to... Full story

  • Hospital welcomes new board member

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Jul 27, 2023

    Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County's Board of Trustees welcomed its newest board member, Craig Rood, at the beginning of July. Rood, a Wyoming native who has lived in Sweetwater County for more than 50 years, will fill the seat vacated by Ed Tardoni, a trustee of more than six years who retired from the board at the end of his term. Rood is the Director of Public Relations and Government Affairs for Project West, a greenfield trona mine and refinery. He has served with the Memorial Hospital... Full story

  • Hospital CFO is president-elect of state board

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Jul 13, 2023

    Maintaining a secure financial base for Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is the No. 1 priority for MHSC Chief Financial Officer Tami Love. Giving her MHSC team, as well as other hospitals around the state, the tools to carry out that mission is important. The Wyoming Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (WHFMA) is one way to help achieve that goal. In fact, Love was elected in March as president-elect of the WHFMA and began her term with a Volunteer Leadership Meeting... Full story

  • Sweetwater Memorial awards three scholarships

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Jun 29, 2023

    Three Sweetwater County high school graduates are Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County scholarship recipients. Ashley Anderson, Benjamin Bae, and Shania Flores all received scholarships. Two of the scholarships were awarded by the MHSC General Medical staff. Bae, a Rock Springs High School graduate, and Flores, a Green River High School graduate, each received a $3,000 scholarship. The hospital contributes $1,500 and the medical staff contributes $1,500 to each scholarship. Anderson received a... Full story

  • Hospital welcomes new staff members

    Deb Sutton, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Marketing Director|Apr 20, 2023

    Hospital has new Emergency Management Coordinator Stevie Nosich is Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County's new Emergency Management Coordinator. Nosich, the hospital's environmental safety officer, accepted the additional responsibilities in February. She replaces David Beltran who recently retired. Tami Love, MHSC Chief Financial Officer, said Nosich is a perfect fit for the job. "Stevie has always gone above and beyond in all of her prior positions," Love said. "We are excited to have her ent... Full story

  • MHSC will award three college scholarships

    Deb Sutton, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Marketing Director and PIO|Jan 12, 2023

    The deadline is March 31 for Sweetwater County graduating seniors to apply for three Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County college scholarship opportunities. The purpose of all three scholarships is to provide financial assistance to students who choose to pursue post-secondary education within the healthcare field. Sweetwater Memorial’s General Medical staff will award one scholarship to a high school senior from Sweetwater County School District No. 1, and one scholarship to a high school student from Sweetwater County School District No. 2... Full story

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