SageWest Health Care is Dedicated to Making Communities Healthier

September 1, 2019

By: John Ferrelli, CEO, SageWest Health Care

SageWest Health Care is proud to be a part of Fremont County. Our team is united by the belief that great communities – like Lander, Riverton, the Wind River Indian Reservation and surrounding areas – deserve great healthcare. This is why we strive to provide the highest quality care possible – both inside and outside our hospital walls – and are committed to our region’s overall well-being as we seek to achieve our mission of Making Communities Healthier.

Achieving this mission would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of our physicians, employees, volunteers and board members; and the support of the patients and family members, employers, community leaders and others who believe in making our community healthier now and for future generations.

With your support, we are continually able to make a positive impact on our community in a number of ways. The most critical of those is our ability to provide high quality care close to home. Quality and service are the foundation of our approach to care. Inviting the best possible providers into our community and investing in our facilities helps us ensure that we are meeting our community’s healthcare needs effectively.

We are highly committed to collaborating with local and regional partners to ensure high quality patient-centered healthcare services are available to our communities and regularly re-evaluate the need for new service lines. While there is a misperception locally that our services are shrinking, they are, in fact, growing. 

Last year, we added 8 new employed and affiliated providers to SageWest in specialties including Ear, Nose and Throat, emergency medicine, general and endovascular surgery, and OB/GYN. We are aggressively recruiting physicians in general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, neurology, internal medicine, and hospital medicine. Our interventional cardiology and endovascular/general surgery programs are great examples of programs that will keep people in our communities. Later this year, we will begin offering tele-stroke and tele-psych services on both of our campuses. Expanded radiology expertise in mammography, nuclear, ultrasound and other modalities also will be available by year-end.

We constantly invest in our hospitals as well. In 2018, we made more than $500,000 in capital improvements and invested in a surgery department remodel and new equipment, a c-arm X-ray system and spouse sleepers for our women’s health unit. We also distributed a payroll of $27.1 million to 355 employees and continued to create an environment where talent is recognized, job satisfaction is valued, and everyone can effectively use their skills to provide high quality care and service. Additionally, in support of our belief that everyone deserves quality care, regardless of their ability to pay, we donated $6 million in services to those in need.

Our region is making great strides in developing a healthcare infrastructure that ensures that all of our residents have access to the quality care they need close to home. We need to focus our efforts on collaboration and supporting one another in expanding the vital services we do not yet have. We all have important roles to play in making this happen. The SageWest teams and board of trustees remain committed to working with the Riverton Medical District Board and others to achieve that goal.