Sheridan Memorial Hospital held an employee partner celebration breakfast Thursday morning, where partners vote each year on what hospital project they want their donations to support. Partners voted to set aside this year's nearly $30,000 for Intensive Care Unit expansion.
The ICU project received 93 out of 203 votes. The other two options were the Welch Cancer Center expansion and Cardiac Cath Lab.
Sheridan Memorial wants to provide the best services through the ICU because of predicted growth in the elderly population in coming years, according to Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation Executive Director Ada Kirven. An expansion will provide enhanced patient care in the community, support for physicians, and assist in development of specialty services such as cardiology. A six-bed unit, the ICU has not been remodeled since 1982 aside from minor painting and cosmetic work, Kirven said.
Kirven says they've done this for eight years, and hospital staff have given almost $200,000 back to Sheridan Memorial.
An optional program, in partnering staff choose anywhere from $1 to $25 to take out of each paycheck throughout the year. Kirven said 410 of the more than 500 employees at the hospital are partners, and that's most of the full-time employees.
Melissa Ingalls is the office supervisor at Big Horn Mountain Medicine. She's been a partner for two years.
Partners were entered in prize drawings and more than $800 in cash and prizes was awarded at the breakfast.