SHERIDAN – The Tobacco Root Mountains Care Center recently welcomed a new addition in the form of a wheelchair-accessible transport van that will help shuttle the facilities residents around town as well as Madison County.
The 2008 Ford F350 passenger van was delivered to TRMCC by Madison County Commissioners Jim Hart and Dave Schulz on Oct. 15, complete with the TRMCC logo on the side. TRMCC administrator John Semingson negotiated the purchase of the vehicle from Davey Coach in Sedalia, Colo., which was made possible by funds from the Dorothy Shaw estate.
According to a press release issued by TRMCC, “residents will be able to enjoy a safer, smoother and more comfortable ride when going to appointments.” The new vehicle has approximately 21,000 miles on it and can hold three passengers with wheelchairs and two assistants or nine passengers without wheelchairs along with a number of other configurations.
Previously TRMCC used a bigger bus to transport residents, but that vehicle needed maintenance and repair, and was difficult for staff to drive, said Madison County Commissioner Dave Schulz.
“It’s an incredible asset because its more efficient for transporting residents, it’s a lot less costly because it’s a smaller vehicle and it’s a lot easier to drive than the bus,” he said.