Coming Home – TRMCC dedicates new addition

Tobacco Root Mountains Care Center administrator John Semingson espresses his gratitude toward Madison County grant administrator Barbie Durham (right) during an open house dedication ceremony on Saturday in Sheridan. Photo by Ben Coulter

SHERIDAN – The Tobacco Root Mountains Care Center in Sheridan welcomed more than 100 members of the Ruby Valley and Madison County community on Saturday for an open house dedication ceremony, culminating a year-and-a-half long renovation project at the facility.

“We’ve waited a long time for this, haven’t we?” reflected county commissioner Dave Schulz at the outset of the dedication.

Schulz was present for the groundbreaking ceremony in June 2010, and he’s enjoyed being a part of the transformation process the facility has undergone with the 7,000 square foot addition.

“It’s been an incredible process, and not any one or two or three people can claim any part of it,” Schulz said. “It’s a community, it’s a town, it’s a county and it’s even much bigger than that.”

The dedication ceremony recognized many individuals throughout the community that contributed to the project in some way, shape or form, and representatives read individual letters of congratulations on the completion of the project from Walker Construction, Congressman Denny Rehberg and Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester.
Funding for the project was provided by Madison County as well as grants from the Montana Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and the Human Resource and Services Administration.

TRMCC administrator John Semingson also received a plaque from Tom Atkins on behalf of USDA Rural Development, reading “the completion of this project is a great benefit to Madison County and to Montana, and a testament to the hard work of the Sheridan community.”

“This has been a great project for rural development to be involved in,” said Atkins.

Semingson then proceeded with a slideshow of nearly two hundred photographs selected from almost 4,000 images he took throughout the construction process. As he went through the project’s timeline Semingson made sure to credit those who contributed behind the scenes, such as TRMCC employees who were displaced this fall when the facility was temporarily vacated to repair a sewer line.

“Without having dedicated staff to take care of the residents,” Semingson said, “I’m not so sure you have much of a program and we are fortunate to have incredibly dedicated staff.”

At the conclusion of the dedication ceremony Semingson gave special recognition to Madison County grant administrator Barbie Durham for her work in securing grants to fund the project.

Following the dedication ceremony those in attendance enjoyed cake and refreshments while taking tours of the facility. While Dave Schulz was satisfied to see the project finished, he was even more pleased by the resident’s reaction upon their return to the facility this fall.

A red ribbon and flowers decorate the mantle over the firepace at the Tobacco Root Mountains Care Center during the open house dedication ceremony on Saturday. Photo by Ben Coulter

“When folks came home it was truly a joy to see the smile on their face,” he said.

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