Sheridan Memorial Hospital Works to Hold Prices

Memorial Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan Memorial Hospital's charges to patients are among the lowest not only in the region but across the United States.

That was part of the message hospital CEO Mike McCafferty delivered to county commission candidates Monday night. McCafferty said the hospital has tried to create a consumer-based environment for patients.

McCafferty made the presentation to acquaint commission candidates with the operations of the hospital, which is owned by Sheridan County and governed by a board of trustees appointed by the county commission.

Alan Dubberley, who's the hospital's marketing manager, explained.

As one example of how Sheridan Memorial provides lower costs, McCafferty said replacement of a knee joint costs under $33,000 at Memorial, compared to the state average of more than $53,000. Cost of the replacement at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper is more than $64,000.

McCafferty said almost 50 percent of Memorial's patients are on Medicare.

He said the National Rural Health Association in 2017 and again in 2018 has ranked Sheridan Memorial among the top 20 hospitals in the nation.

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Slide showing an aerial view of Memorial Hospital. The original 1954 hospital still exists in the building's core. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Commission Chairman Mike Nickel talks during the meeting. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Hospital and foundation staff and board members mingle with commission candidates before the start of McCafferty's presentation. (Photo by Pat Blair)