Hospital CEO, Board Discuss VA Nursing Facility

Nicole Hobbs
Nicole Hobbs

Johnson County Healthcare Center CEO Nicole Hobbs, during her update to the Board of Trustees at their recent meeting, discussed the VA nursing facility that is proposed to be built in the state, with Buffalo as one of the possible sites.
She said she had concerns with the facility being located here.

Hobbs said she attended a meeting at the Veterans Home of Wyoming, organized by the Wyoming Department of Health and the Veterans Commission, which gathered input from community members, leaders and the veterans themselves.

She explained more about the meeting to the board.

Hobbs' concerns were centered around the healthcare center's ability to compete with staff considering the proposed VA facility's better reimbursement level from the government for care, and their ability to pay more and give better benefits, and also the impact the proposed facility could have on swing beds and nursing home beds, some of which are currently being utilized by VA patients.

Those patients could potentially be lost to the healthcare center which in turn could reduce revenue for the facility.

Hobbs said she had no doubt the state needs the proposed VA facility, but questioned whether Buffalo was the right choice for it.
Her main concern was possible competition for staff.

She encouraged the board that if they had concerns that they contact their legislative team and voice those concerns.

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