CRMC trustees approve UCHealth agreement

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Cheyenne, Wyo. - Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s nine-member Board of Trustees has voted to approve the management services agreement between the hospital and Colorado-based UCHealth.

In an email sent to CRMC employees that CBS NewsChannel 5 received, Bill Larson, president of CRMC’s Board of Trustees said it’s now up to the Laramie County Commissioners to review and approve the agreement when they meet on February 6. The MSA will not go into effect unless commissioners choose to endorse it.

The trustee’s decision comes after an 18-month-long strategic planning and assessment process that included analysis of the hospital’s overall capabilities by an outside healthcare consulting firm and input from nearly 500 CRMC employees, medical providers and community members in several community forums and surveys.

CRMC media relations says the vote took place Thursday evening in open session during the trustees’ regular board meeting. They also point out that the agreement is not a sale or merger, but a partnership model that retains local decision-making and ownership of the hospital by the county.

Last August, Larson spoke out on the plan saying, “our system has strong and capable leadership, which is demonstrated by the significant progress the hospital and its affiliated provider group have made over the past six years. Our decision to go in this direction was driven by our desire to continue to provide a compelling value proposition to consumers and payers by improving our cost structure and expanding our physician network.”

CRMC says they expect the MSA to help them do the following:
• Achieve operational improvements related to safety, quality, cost and providing improved access to care.
• Improve physician engagement, integration and alignment across our health system and our “medical neighborhood,” with both employed and independent physicians.
• Strengthen our continuum of care so that we can better manage the complex care needed by many of our patients.
• Improve the ability of the communities we serve to get world-class care, close to home.

Patrick Madigan, CRMC’s interim chief executive officer, has previously said that the decision to affiliate with UCHealth came down to what would be best for CRMC’s patients, employees and providers and for the community as a whole.