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Community Update FAQs around Health Fair and On-Call 24/7

Health Fair

South Lincoln Hospital District is excited to host a health fair with the help of Wyoming Health Fairs (WHF)! It will take place September 17th, 2022. We are grateful WHF can help provide this service to our community. We have been working with them for several weeks on this project. If you are a vendor and wish to have a booth, please email hjorgensen@slhd.org so we can send you the registration form. More information to come!

Surgical On-Call 24/7

Surgical On-Call 24/7 is going away, does that mean that the operating room is closing?

No, the operating room is not closing. We are still going to provide same-day surgical services,
Monday-Friday. Our General Surgeon, Dr. Franks and other physicians will continue to provide surgical
care at SLHD.

What other services are going to be affected?

No other services are being affected besides obstetrics (labor and delivery).

Does this mean the emergency room is closing or any other services besides obstetrics (labor and
delivery)?


No.

So tell me again why are you doing this?

When a patient is ready to deliver it is best practice and a standard of care to have a surgical team available to assist with an emergency caesarean section (C-section) in case the need arises. It is required to have this surgical team available all the time as the time of delivery for many patients is unforeseeable. In order to have a surgical team available all the time, there needs to be several surgical nurses to share being on-call. Like most healthcare organizations in the country, particularly in rural environments, South Lincoln Hospital District has been unable to recruit the number of surgical nurses required to maintain the availability of a surgical team all the time. Without a surgical team available all the time, it is unsafe to support an obstetric patient in a planned delivery at SLHD.

After June 1st, and I'm pregnant who can I go to and who should I call?

As with any healthcare condition, begin with your primary care provider and they will help you navigate
the appropriate care you need. You can reach a SLHD clinic provider at 307-877-4496.

What happens if I have a maternity emergency after June 1st?

As with any patient, based upon careful and appropriate medical decisions that put the safety and care
of the patient first, there may need to be a transfer of care to another appropriate accepting hospital to
receive further specialized care. Our responsibility is to stabilize and treat according the capabilities of
the organization.

Is this a permanent decision?

According to the strategic objectives identified by the Board of Trustees and executed by the Administration of SLHD, the organization will continue to review the need for additional service lines in the future.

Click on this link to get the announcement directly from SLHD's CEO, Dave Ryerse.


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