The boards from the two hospitals agreed Tuesday to investigate developing a not-for-profit partnership, calling the collaboration “The Wyoming Solution.” A CRMC spokeswoman said they would like an agreement by the end of the summer.
The two are the largest hospitals in Wyoming, as CRMC counts 206 beds, while WMC counts 192 beds. They have been negotiating for more than a year and were brought together by Skokie, Ill.-based consultant firm Kaufman Hall, a CRMC spokeswoman added. They have been focused on the patient-centered medical home model, and about a year ago they were part of establishing the Wyoming Integrated Care Network, which counts about 20 affiliated hospitals.
“Now is the time to explore how we can align our health systems so we can achieve scale and continue to serve our communities,” Dr. Jean Halpern, CRMC board chair, said in the release. “Our commitment is to continue to offer our patients the most advanced healthcare services and ensure the vitality of both organizations. We feel that those living and working in the Wyoming healthcare arena know best how to create a Wyoming Solution for healthcare for the future.”