The Sublette County Rural
Health Care District board of trustees elected
offiers for 2020 at its Nov. 20 meeting.
All board members were present, including
Chairman Wendy Boman, Tonia Hoffman,
Bill Johnson, Mike Pompy and Marti
The board passed a unanimous motion
to reelect Wendy Boman as board chairman
and Tonia Hoffman as secretary and treasurer.
Bill Johnson, currently serving as vice
chairman, requested that someone else serve
in his position for 2020. Johnson is serving a
two-year term, and said at the meeting that he
wanted someone with a longer term to act as
vice-chairman for 2020.
The board nominated Pompy as the new
vice chairman for 2020, and passed a unanimous
resolution electing him to that position.
Update on Sublette Center
Clay Kainer, attorney for the SCRHCD,
announced at the meeting that he and the attorney
for the Sublette Center, Nick Healey,
were “going through the due diligence reports”
on a proposed agreement to combine
the Sublette Center and SCRHCD. Kainer
said that once the attorneys worked out the
final legal requirements, they will “make recommendations”
to the boards of the Sublette
Center and health care district for final approval
of a contract.
Dave Doorn, administrative director for
the health care district, told the Roundup
that rather than a “true merger” between the
Sublette Center and health care district, the
agreement will likely involve the SCRHCD
purchasing the Sublette Center.
If both boards approve a sale, Doorn added
that the funds for the purchase will not affect
the cost and amount on the loan application
to the USDA for the proposed critical access
hospital and assisted living facility. The plan
is to maintain a separate board to oversee the
operation of any future assisted living facility,
During the Nov. 20 meeting, Boman and
Johnson said that board is still waiting for
Eide Bailly Financial Services to complete its
report on the district’s finances. Boman added
that she is “putting pressure” on Eide Bailly
to “complete the report by the December
Commissioner’s meeting.” Once the report
is complete, the SCRHCD can move forward
with its loan application to the USDA and an
agreement with the Sublette Center.
In other rural health care board news:
• Doorn reported that “overall activity” at
both the Pinedale and Marbleton clinics was
up 9.62 percent this October when compared
to last year’s figures. Scheduled appointments
at the Marbleton Clinic increased 44 percent
from last October while radiology, CT scans
and ultrasound appointments helped numbers
at the Pinedale Clinic.
Revenue for the SCRHCD increased by 9
percent from last year to October 2019.
“This is one of the highest months we’ve
reported in years,” Doorn said. “Our revenue
is headed in the right direction.”
• Bill Kluck, Sublette County EMS operations
director, announced the purchase of a
new engine to replace one that failed in an
ambulance. The new engine cost the district
around $18,000. Kluck said he and Doorn
looked into purchasing a new ambulance
since this is the third motor for the vehicle.
The chassis on the existing ambulance is still
“really good,” Kluck said, and buying a new
engine is much lower than the cost of a new
ambulance at around $200,000.
• Emily Ray, the district communications
coordinator, announced that Shauna Giles,
ACNP, will be at the clinics to conduct sleep
studies for patients in Sublette County beginning
• Doorn told the board that Jorgensen and
Associates completed the survey of the 8-acre
parcel of land at the existing ball fields that
the SCRHCD plans to purchase for a critical
access hospital. He said that the soil tests
completed last year can be used this year, saving
the district money.