Wyoming hospital projects scrambling for federal funds, report says

There are too many hospital projects chasing too little government funding in Wyoming, a  hospital CEO has complained after an application for federal funding for expansions and updates at his location was tabled, a Jan. 10 Buffalo Bulletin report said.

Johnson County Healthcare Center in Buffalo requested American Rescue Plan Act funding for such updates at its family medical center and inpatient wing, totalling about $1.6 million in additional money. The renovations are already under construction.

"That was the big thing is there's a lot of projects out there," Luke Senden, CEO, told the hospital district's board of trustees in December. "There's just too much money requested and not enough funds available.”

Approximately $85 million is available in Wyoming for such projects, the report said. Gov. Mark Gordon is aiming to budget for an additional $15 million on top of that in 2023 for a total of $100 million of federal funds available, including for projects that have already been tabled.

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