Wyoming hospital invests $1.3M in employee housing

St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyo., plans to build housing for employees on land it recently acquired in Alpine, Wyo., according to the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

The 5.79 acres cost $1.35 million, including a $250,000 credit toward water and sewer hookup fees, according to the report.

Officials hope the roughly 80 units built on the newly acquired property will help the hospital avoid staff recruitment and retention issues in the future.

"As we project our future staffing needs based on age and retirement, it is clear that the individuals who will fill future open positions will be far less able to afford local housing due to escalating rent and home ownership costs," St. John's Medical Center CEO Paul Beaupré, MD, said in a press release, according to the Jackson Hole News & Guide. "This project will greatly alleviate my concerns about being able to staff St. John's for the next decade and beyond."

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