May 26 Oden: Wyoming Medical Center will remain committed to Casper
A few weeks ago, the Wyoming Medical Center Board of Directors announced that we had completed a strategic planning process to help ensure our hospital continues to be well-positioned in the rapidly evolving healthcare landscape. We also shared that, as part of the process, we were beginning to explore whether a partnership affiliation with a likeminded organization could be right for Wyoming Medical Center.
I am writing today to update you on that process, not only from my perspective as Board chair, but also as a mother, businesswoman and lifelong Casper resident.
Wyoming Medical Center has played an exceptional role in my family. My brother and I were both born here as were my own children. My husband’s life was saved at the hospital. But having good, quality, dependable healthcare is easy to take for granted. No one thinks of the hospital until you need the hospital.
Strategic planning is not new to this Board. As early as 2012, the Board was looking for a likeminded partner organization to grow medical services in Casper, expand access across the state, control costs and increase efficiencies. The difference in 2019 is we have a Board that recognizes the value in such a partnership, is motivated to push forward if a suitable partner is found, and that understands WMC’s value to such a partnership.
That’s true for every member of the Board of Directors. We work here. We have raised our families here. Our priority has been, is and always will be protecting the mission of Wyoming Medical Center: To advance the health and wellness of our region and community by providing excellent healthcare services.
To do that, the hospital must evolve along with the healthcare landscape. We have to look ahead and be visionaries. We will look for a partner that expands, not reduces, healthcare services in Casper and strengthens Wyoming Medical Center’s position in the region and across the state.
We’re committed to keeping you updated on this process. We invite you to visit www.wmcforward.org to learn more about the process and what it could mean for our community and state.