JCHC CEO Has Concerns Over Veterans Nursing Facility

JCHC CEO/Administrator Nicole Hobbs
JCHC CEO/Administrator Nicole Hobbs

The State of Wyoming has been conducting a feasibility study for placement of a veteran's skilled nursing facility at various locations in the state and has narrowed the finalists to three locations: Casper, Sheridan and Buffalo.

According to the Wyoming Business Report, The Wyoming Legislature earlier this year approved the Wyoming Department of Health, Wyoming Veteran's Commission, and the State Construction Department to conduct a Level I and Level II feasibility study for constructing the facility.
They have conducted public meetings in each community to meet with local leaders, gather input, answer questions and compile the information to take back to the state to make a final decision on where to place the facility.

Johnson County Healthcare Center CEO/Administrator Nicole Hobbs, is concerned about what issues her facility may face if Buffalo is chosen for the VA skilled nursing facility.

Hobbs said she has reservations about how this may impact the healthcare center with staffing, considering the Amie Holt Care Center is heavily subsidized.
She said that the nursing home's private pay rate just increased to $260 per day, and medicaid pays them $188 per day for those patients, but the cost to provide those services is at $277 per day, so they are losing money in both instances.

She explained the issue further.

Hobbs believes the best location for the skilled nursing facility would be in Sheridan, where the local hospital and other facilities have not voiced any similar concerns with locating it there.


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