After breaking ground on the home of the new Ruby Valley Hospital last fall, the facility is coming to life.
“It gives you the opportunity to keep someone alive,” said Mara Johnson, senior nursing student at Montana State University. Johnson and her classmates were on hand at the Madison Valley Health Fair last week to promote compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and teach people how to administer chest-compress-only CPR.
By the end of June, the Ruby Valley Ambulance will operate under the umbrella of the hospital.
“We’re here to answer questions and get you up-to-date,” said Ken Walsh, chairman of the Ruby Valley Hospital’s board of directors, addressing around 50 community members who gathered at the Sheridan Elementary School on March 15. “This is how we are going to meet the healthcare demands of the future.”
On Dec. 10, the Ruby Valley Hospital Board received a tentative schedule for the construction of the new hospital, with a hopeful completion date in the early fall of 2017.
“The plans are modest but modern,” said Les Gilman, president of the hospital foundation’s board of directors. “The need for the (new) hospital is justified. It will give us what we need to provide up-to-date medical care to the community.”