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Thermopolis hospital approved for USDA loan


November 20, 2018

CASPER (WNE) — Two Wyoming hospitals will receive major renovations thanks to a combined $25.5 million loan paid by the United States Department of Agriculture as part the department’s current goal of improving rural health care. 

Hot Springs County Hospital District in Thermopolis and Westward Heights Care Center in Lander were both announced Thursday as recipients for loans paid by the USDA. 

Hot Springs Memorial Hospital will receive a loan totaling $21,346,000 from the department for major renovations, which are expected to cost an estimated $26.9 million. 

Westward Heights will receive $4,284,000 for renovations meant to expand facilities. 

The loan paid to Hot Springs Memorial Hospital is the USDA’s biggest direct facilities community project in Wyoming. The hospital is scheduled to add two new operating rooms, a new obstetrics room and a new emergency room, among other new services. 

Patient rooms will also be upgraded as part of a 32,000 square-foot expansion. 

Overall, that project is estimated to cost $26.9 million. 

Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital was built 60 years ago and has undergone two notable renovations since then. 

Westward Heights, which is primarily an elder care center, will expand an additional 10,000 to 30,000 square feet with planned upgrades. 

Westward Heights administrator Natalie Korell said the two-year project would increase bed count to 70 from the current 60, and 66 after the first year of construction. The project is planned to begin in late spring and is scheduled to be finalized within 9-10 months. 

New facilities, apart from more beds, include 30 new resident rooms, a therapy area and additional dining room. 


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