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Ilene Olson

Last week’s sale of bonds to allow an extensive expansion and renovation project to begin at West Park Hospital is good news — particularly in Cody, but in all of Park County as well.

The $33 million bond sale will provide $26.2 million for the construction of a new emergency room and entrance to the hospital, as well as renovation of the imaging, laboratory and patient financial services area, with another $4.6 million to pay off the balance on the Cathcart Health Center.

Montana native Sean Fox will move from the West Indies to become the vice president for student affairs at Northwest College.

Fox was selected through a nation-wide search that yielded 57 applicants for the position previously held by Dana Young. He begins the job April 18 at an annual salary of $100,000.

For the second time, the Powell Valley Healthcare Board has chosen Paul Cardwell to be its chief executive officer.

Cardwell was the successful candidate when the position was offered in late September, but he resigned in November before filling the position.

On Tuesday, the Wyoming House and Wyoming Senate both passed bills intended to block implementation of the federal health care reform law in Wyoming.

The lawmakers’ actions came one day after a Florida judge struck down the law, saying Congress exceeded its authority by requiring nearly all Americans to carry health insurance.

A Powell teenager was in critical condition in a Billings hospital Monday following a one-car rollover in the Red Lake area south of Cody early Saturday morning.

Park County Sheriff’s deputies and the Cody Volunteer Fire Department responded at 2:51 a.m. to Park County Road 6WXE and found a passenger car lying on its top about 30 feet off the north side of the roadway, according to an e-mailed report from Sheriff Scott Steward.

But they’re not immune to problems seen elsewhere in Wyoming

While the state of Wyoming was experiencing a windfall in mineral revenue from 2000 to 2008, the percentage of children living in poverty in the state also declined, according to a report released last month.

However, the 2010 WY Kids Count report illustrates that the welfare of Wyoming’s children in the state worsened in several other areas, such as an increase in the teen birth rate, births to unmarried mothers, low birthweight babies, infant mortality and the teen death rate.

Healthcare, highway issues considered

The 2011 Legislature will consider several healthcare issues this year, such as preventing insurance fraud and creating health insurance exchanges. Some consider ways to meet requirements set by the federal healthcare reform law, while other measures would exempt the state and its residents from provisions in the federal law.

House Bill 2 would move back the sunset date the newly-created Wyoming Health Insurance Pool from June 30 this year to June 30, 2015.

Mission seeks to reduce generational poverty

When Brian Andrews and his wife, Carolyn, moved from California to Cody in 2006, it was so Brian Andrews could take a job as assistant pastor for the Christian Missionary Alliance Church.

Prior to their move, they had been working with a mission in California, with Brian often gone for weeks at a time doing missionary work in Mexico. Their move to Cody meant they and their three children could be together more.

 

After tabling proposals from three architect firms for updating a master facilities plan last summer, the Powell Hospital District board voted last week to seek new proposals.

The board decided in August to wait until a new chief executive officer was onboard before selecting a firm to update Powell Valley Healthcare’s master building plan. Members felt the new hospital’s new leader might want a say in what went into the plan and how to proceed with it.

But enrollment still is growing

Fall student enrollment numbers at Northwest College aren’t as rosy as expected, rising about 2 percent this year instead of the predicted 5-percent increase.

Bob Krenz, interim vice president for academic affairs, told the NWC Board of Trustees last week that he repeatedly predicted a 5-percent increase based on new-student enrollment figures, which did grow by about 5 percent.

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