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We’re celebrating National Rural Health Day and the #PowerOfRural by celebrating rural facilities who have been successful in their recruitment efforts. Recruiting health care providers can be a challenge—especially in rural areas. We’re recognizing rural facilities for their recruitment excellence! 

Today we're highlighting Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital recruited a family medicine physician through 3RNet! Congrats!

Read more about Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital’s community, facility, and what they believe makes them successful in their recruitment efforts: 

Tell us a bit about Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital. 

Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital (HSCMH) is a critical access hospital located in Thermopolis in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming. We also own and operate two RHCs; Red Rock Family Practice in Thermopolis and the Big Horn Clinic in Basin, Wyoming. We also manage physician owned Red Rock Family Practice in Worland, WY. We are beginning construction on a $26.9 million addition and renovation this year which will result in new operating rooms, labor and delivery rooms, inpatient unit and new emergency department as well as renovation of all ancillary services.

Thermopolis, population 3,000, is fortunate to have the Big Horn River running through it and is the home of Hot Springs State Park, a natural warm-mineral spring. Being nestled in the Big Horn Basin also provides a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, hunting and fishing. We are conveniently located two hours from Yellowstone and all of our unique attributes make us a vacation destination.

Why do people enjoy working at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital? 

An advantage we have is the ability to allow our FPs a full spectrum practice. Our providers use all the skills they have learned in their residency: clinic, emergency, hospitalist, and obstetrics; as one third year resident told our Board “I’m living the dream!”

What makes your community a great place to live and work?

Our hospital is located on the grounds of Hot Springs State Park, an oasis in Wyoming. We are creating a new culture at HSCMH, our oasis; a place where staff, providers and patients find safety, sustenance and a pleasant change from the usual.

Tell us about your connection to 3RNet.org and/or your 3RNet member.

 

I first learned about 3RNet when on assignment in John Day, Oregon. The providers advised me that 3RNet was the first place anyone looked if interested in rural practice. And they were correct!  Our first posting resulted in a successful recruitment. Eileen Dinneen, Executive Director of Wyoming Health Resources Network in Wyoming and the Wyoming 3RNet contact, has been immensely helpful in our recruitment efforts. She has her finger on the pulse of all communities and is able to direct candidates to our positions. Through Eileen we have since recruited two excellent providers this year! And the big benefit of 3RNet is that it focuses on those individuals interested in rural practice and takes out the expensive middle man….a big plus for small operations.

What makes you successful with your recruitment and retention efforts?

Recruitment is a team approach. All candidates meet with representatives of the hospital, have lunch with the Board of Directors, and key is our providers. We are very fortunate to have a very strong, cohesive group of physicians and advanced practitioners who create a very welcoming environment to new providers. Fit is extremely important. We are interested in recruiting someone with ties to the community or a very real sense of what living and working in a rural community means. Our physicians love to teach and we have a strong relationship with the Casper residency and the WWAMI program. We are hoping to become designated as a rural track residency program in the near future.

Share a piece of advice! What would you tell someone who is recruiting or someone who is being recruited? 

My advice would be: recruit for long term fit with your community and medical providers. Once you have a strong medical team established, recruitment becomes much easier. They become the main draw for new candidates.

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