In order to achieve our vision, we know that seeing beyond the horizon and working with others is critical. Today, healthcare is experiencing a time of unprecedented change and transformation as hospitals and health systems across the country – and especially here in Wyoming – are being forced to do more with less. Meaningful affiliations and a willingness to embrace innovative collaboration are required to succeed in ensuring our healthcare future is as bright as possible.
Given the challenges of our industry, the WMC Board has been engaged in ongoing work to strategically plan for the future and ensure our hospital continues to be well-positioned to care for our patients and communities for generations to come. To move healthcare forward, the WMC Board has thoughtfully considered the options and opportunities available to us, including whether an affiliation with a likeminded organization would be the right way to achieve our vision for the future.
By taking the next step to conduct mutual due diligence, WMC and Banner Health will be able to more thoroughly determine what the terms of a potential affiliation could look like and how we can further our commitment to providing local, high-quality healthcare our patients need and deserve.
The following criteria will continue to guide us as we move through this quiet period of mutual due diligence:
Advanced clinical coordination
Our employees are vital to advancing care in Wyoming, and we understand the critical role our physicians play in delivering care. As we work through this process, protecting our employees and maintaining a strong physician community will be of the utmost importance. The Board continues to be committed to expanding clinical services here in Wyoming as well as maintaining our status as a regional trauma center.
Improved business infrastructure
We aim to invest in innovative technologies, as well as the training and development of our workforce, to enhance the care we deliver and keep with the pace of change.
Long-term commitment to our community for quality healthcare
Local, high-quality healthcare access is key to ensuring Wyoming is a great place to live, work and raise a family. As we drill down into the finer details, we will remain a trusted community partner that continues to be focused on expanding services that are close to home.
Local customization and respect for our history and who we are
Wyoming Medical Center is Casper’s only full-service, non-profit hospital. With a mission-centered calling at our core, we will continue to care for all of our friends and neighbors in need.
Banner Health’s national reputation, Western roots – including three hospitals right here in Wyoming – and non-profit mission make them a natural partner for WMC to explore. We are excited about Banner’s interest in investing in the future of healthcare in our region and further building on its history of taking care of people in Wyoming.
Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest non-profit healthcare systems in the country. The system owns and operates 28 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine, academic and employed physician groups, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services; including Banner Urgent Care, family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com.
Signing the LOI is the first step in the process. WMC’s Board of Directors and Banner Health are simply in a period of mutual due diligence to conduct research and hold detailed conversations to determine the specific terms that may be ultimately included in an affiliation. The work during this quiet period of mutual due diligence is expected to occur through the Spring, at which point there will be detailed information to share and opportunities for discussion prior to making any final decisions. Banner will visit our community and facilities during this mutual due diligence, and there will be opportunities to engage as the process moves along.
When we have more details, we will be sure to inform our patients, community, employees and physicians to create an understanding of what this means for healthcare in our community. As always, we remain committed to advancing the health and wellness of our region and community and ensuring high-quality healthcare access for years to come.