Kari DeWitt of Pinedale
decided to start her write-in campaign for one
of two four-year board terms opening up in the
Sublette County Rural Health Care District.
She is running beside Sam Bixler, who
also supports the special hospital district ballot
initiative, to help make a smooth transition if the
countywide vote supports the rural health care
district’s plan to merge with the Sublette Center
and build a new critical access hospital nursing
“I didn’t know a lot about the hospital
proposal and rural health care district until six
or eight months ago and I learned that we can
make health care better,” DeWitt said.
She pointed out the health care district’s other
two candidates for the two open seats, Randall
Montgomery and Lynn Bernard, do not favor
the special hospital district initiative.
“I’m hoping for the passage of the hospital
district vote to get better reimbursement,
improved care and a merger with the Sublette
Center,” DeWitt said. “I would like to help make
it a smooth transition and I’d like a ‘second
chance’ campaign” for those who have taken
their health care needs elsewhere.
DeWitt was excited to learn about the three
health-care entities – Star Valley Health, St.
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John’s and Eastern Idaho Regional Medical
– that are interested in helping the local board
build and manage a new hospital. The new
hospital district would need a consulting
partnership with one of them with a federal loan,
and it “would bring a higher level of care for the
“My focus now is on helping people
understand the hospital district – if it doesn’t
pass I would support formation of something
financially feasible – but I really think the
hospital is the best fit,” she said.
The Sublette Center is a nonprofit facility so
employees do not have health insurance, and the
facility itself does not have liability insurance,
which they would get with a merger into the
Sublette County Health Care District Board.
“They treat people like their own family and
I would like them to get the compensation they
deserve,” she said.
DeWitt said she hopes very much that her
term on the Sublette County Rural Health
Care District will only last seven months until
the new hospital district board takes over. In
the meantime, her experiences as director of
nonprofits including the Pinedale Fine Arts
Council, business owner – and a mother of
three – “bring a good understanding of the
“Moms talk a lot at the clinics with their
kids,” she said.