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Sublette County Health earns Wyoming “Community Star” Award

Sublette County Health deserves Wyoming




Sublette County Hospital and Long Term Care Facility breaking ground on Aug. 25.

PINEDAL — Sublette County Health (SCH) earned Wyoming’s 2022 Community Star, awarded by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH).

The SCH recognition was announced this morning as part of National Rural Health Day, an annual celebration honoring those who provide for the vital needs of nearly 61,000,000 rural Americans.

SCH was tabbed during a nationwide call for nominations seeking individuals, organizations and coalitions making a positive impact in rural communities.

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Sublette County is currently the only county in Wyoming without a hospital. But voters chose to form a hospital district in 2020 that would work to build the county’s first critical access hospital.

The district recently received a $32.2 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Program. Sublette County commissioners have committed another $20 million to build an attached long-term care facility.

Those efforts were part of the reason NOSORH considers the 2022 Community Star award well-deserved, according to a statement released this morning by SCH.

“Practicing rural health care requires a very small team of dedicated individuals who put in an incredible amount of effort. We don’t have a ‘deep bench’ because we are such a small community,” said Sublette County Health Public Relations Director Kari DeWitt. “The hard work of planning and developing the hospital falls on the same people who also run the current clinic and focus on the best patient care. It goes beyond that extra mile, it’s an extra 1,000 miles, but this team is determined to push through.”

Sublette County Health will be featured in the 2022 edition of the Community Star eBook, which will be available on November 17, 2022 on the official NRHD website, PowerofRural.org.

The eBook will showcase the stories of Community Stars from 48 states, previewing this year’s NRHD theme from “Stimulating change and doing that little bit extra.”

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