JCHC CEO Reacts To Buffalo As Site For Vets Nursing Facility

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

On Tuesday the Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Committee voted to recommend Buffalo as the site for a proposed veterans skilled nursing facility.

The committee put Buffalo as the location for the facility into a draft bill that will be introduced at the upcoming General Session of the Wyoming Legislature next month.

Johnson County Healthcare Center CEO/Administrator Nicole Hobbs has spoken about her concerns the facility may pose to the local hospital and nursing home if it is built in Buffalo.
Although she feels the veterans facility is needed in the state, she believes Buffalo may not be the right place to put it right now.

Hobbs said the state is considering a 36-bed facility which is roughly the same size as the Amie Holt Care Center, and will require 40 CNAs to operate, which is many more times what the JCHC currently has.
She said the healthcare center hasn't given up on the facility being located somewhere else.

Hobbs said she hopes the legislature focuses on the reports and the recommendations from the Department of Health and the Veterans Commission that spent almost a year putting data together rather than focusing on the public comment she felt may have pulled on emotional strings rather than looking at facts.


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