Press Releases and News
Goshen County, Banner explore options for Care Center
TORRINGTON, WY (Feb. 5, 2014) – Banner Health and the Goshen Care Center Board of Directors have announced that Banner will end a lease agreement to operate the Goshen Care Center and Evergreen Court in Torrington. The termination of the lease will take effect July 9, 2014.
Health fair season is under way in Goshen County
TORRINGTON, WY (Jan. 31, 2014) – Community Hospital in Torrington and the Wyoming Health Fairs have started activities associated with the annual Community Health Fair. Blood screenings are done in advance of the health fair in several communities.
Community Hospital nurse wins peer recognition
TORRINGTON, WY (Dec. 18, 2013) – Co-workers at Community Hospital have recognized outpatient nurse Staci Willey in the hospital’s Holiday Appreciation contest.
Community Hospital honors retiring staff member
TORRINGTON, WY (Dec. 18, 2013) – Community Hospital recently recognized retiring staff member Kathryn Schwartzkopf after 34 years of service to the hospital.
General surgeon joins Banner Health in Torrington
TORRINGTON, WY (Dec. 18, 2013) – George Fortier IV, MD will begin work in Torrington on Jan. 13.
Community Hospital to replace oxygen tank
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Dec. 5, 2013) – If you hear something that sounds like a plane engine near Community Hospital next week, you can attribute the noise to a construction project and be assured it won’t last long.
Attend Goshen Care Center’s Souperfest
TORRINGTON, WY (Dec. 3, 2013) – The annual Souperfest to raise money for Goshen Care Center resident activities is Saturday, Dec. 14th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Care Center Activities Room.
Six Banner Health hospitals named top performers
TORRINGTON, WY (Nov. 21, 2013) – As part of National Rural Health Day on Nov. 21, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health highlighted the accomplishment of Community Hospital being named a HealthStrong™ Award winner by iVantage Health Analytics.
Join Community Hospital for movie celebration
TORRINGTON, WY (Oct. 8, 2013) – Community Hospital celebrates Women at the Movies at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13 with a free viewing of “Sleepless in Seattle” at the Wyoming Theater, 126 E. 20th Ave.
Physical therapy assistant joins Community Hospital
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Aug. 9, 2013) – Rehabilitation Services at Community Hospital is growing with the addition of Carol Bowles who joined the staff in July as a physical therapy assistant. Bowles previously worked with the U.S. Geological Survey in Arvada, Colo., before staying home full time with her two daughters. She completed her education to become a PTA at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne as her youngest daughter finished high school
Community Hospital welcomes new executive
Therese Murphy joins hospital as new chief nursing officer Torrington, Wyo.
(Aug. 9, 2013) — Therese Murphy, RN, MSN, has joined the administration and staff at Community Hospital as chief nursing officer. Murphy’s extensive medical background includes more than 20 years of service in the health care industry. She comes to Community Hospital after serving as Health Care Services Advisory Director of BSI in Reston, Virginia. During her tenure there, she was global leader of Quality Systems, and also provided strategy, vision and implementation of advisory services to the health care market.
Community Healthcare Foundation hosts Comedy Night
Coloradan Jolly Demis presents music and laughter
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (July 22, 2013) – The Community Healthcare Foundation presents Comedy Night 2013 – 13th annual Beer Tasting and Auction on Aug. 23.
Holiday changes hours for Banner Health Clinics
Urgent Care offers walk-in care Memorial Day
May 15, 2013 – Banner Health Clinic, specializing in Family Practice, will close Memorial Day, May 27. Banner Health Clinic, specializing in Urgent Care, will open from 8 a.m. to noon that day.
Community Hospital introduces massage therapist
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (May 13, 2013) – The Banner Health Massage Therapy Team at Community Hospital welcomes new massage therapist Rosa Acevedo.
Community Hospital has Camp Med
Eight students will be selected for health care careers camp
May 10, 2013 – High school students with an interest in health care careers can apply for Community Hospital’s Camp Med, to take place June 11-13, 2013.
Community Hospital, Wyoming Health Fairs offer wellness opportunity
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (March 4, 2013) — Community Hospital and Wyoming Health Fairs give people the opportunity to take charge of their health by participating in low-cost blood screenings.
Goshen Care Center receives donation for refurbished bus
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Jan. 22, 2013) — Goshen Care Center has received a generous gift of $5,000 from the Community Healthcare Foundation that will be used toward the purchase of a 2011 refurbished bus.
Community Healthcare Foundation donates $2,500 to Goshen Care Center
Oct. 20, 2011 – The Community Healthcare Foundation donated $2,500 to the Goshen Care Center living room project this week. Goshen Care Center began raising money to update the activities room in October 2010, and has since raised over $7,500 of the $10,391 needed to complete the project.
Community Hospital institutes daily quiet hours
Oct. 18, 2011 – Beginning Nov. 1, 2011, Banner Community Hospital in Torrington will institute quiet hours from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily. During this time the main hallway through the hospital will be closed to through traffic, and activities related to care will be minimized to allow a critical period of rest for patients.
Community Hospital welcomes new CNO
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (July 5, 2011) - Community Hospital is pleased to introduce new Chief Nursing Officer Tadd Greenfield.
New general surgeon joins Banner Health Torrington
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Jan. 20, 2011) – Banner Health Torrington welcomes Barbara K. Miller, MD, a general surgeon who will see patients in the Medical Office Building and perform surgery at Community Hospital.
New CEO named for Community Hospital
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Nov. 22, 2010) - Jim Ferando, Banner Health Western Region president, has named Vincent B. DiFranco as chief executive officer for Community Hospital in Torrington, Wyo. DiFranco will assume the role at the end of December.
Banner Medical Clinic offers drive thru flu shot clinics
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Oct. 5, 2010) --Banner Medical Clinic will be having drive by flu shot clinics on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon in the East and West parking lots at the clinic.
Banner Health Community Hospital begins Wellness Thursdays
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (July 6, 2010) - Community Hospital is excited to announce the start of Wellness Thursdays, beginning on Thursday, July 15.
Banner Health Torrington signs agreement with new family practice physician
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (June 4, 2010) - Family Practice Physician Anna Wilkins recently signed an agreement with Banner Health and will join Banner Medical Clinic this summer.
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (June 2, 2010) - Community Hospital will implement a new Positive Patient Identification System (PPID) on June 2. The system consists of the nurse scanning the patient’s arm band barcode, as well as the medication barcode, before administering the medication.
Community Hospital teaching Safe Sitter Course
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (April 5, 2010) - Banner Health Community Hospital will offer a Safe Sitter® class for girls and boys age 11 to 13 on June 1 at Community Hospital.
Digital mammography is now available at Banner Health Community Hospital
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (April 5, 2010) —Banner Health Community Hospital is pleased to announce that the latest in digital mammography technology is now available.
Kevin Burkey receives Employee of the Quarter recognition
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Jan. 25, 2010) —Kevin Burkey, Respiratory Therapist at Banner Health Torrington, was one of four employees nominated for Employee of the Quarter in December 2009 and was chosen by the leaders of Banner Health Torrington as the winner.
Community Hospital improves quality of care with hospitalist program
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Dec. 17, 2009) - Imagine your perfect stay at the hospital. Is it having a physician who visits you multiple times a day? Is it having a doctor who is easily accessible whenever you need them? Imagine your perfect visit to see your physician in their office. Would it be without the interruptions that occur when your physician gets called to the hospital? Community Hospital is excited to be able to improve the quality of care as they begin a new hospitalist program on Jan.1.
Banner Health Community Hospital receives quality health care award
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Oct. 12, 2009) - Banner Health Community Hospital received the 2009 Mountain-Pacific Quality Achievement Award on October 1, 2009, in Sheridan. Banner Health Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Brenda L. Sturm, accepted the award. The award is given to hospitals by Mountain-Pacific, at an awards luncheon which took place during the annual conference of the Wyoming Hospital Association.
Banner Health Torrington implements new visitor guidelines for flu season
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Sept. 10, 2009) —Banner Health Torrington has announced that it is implementing new visitor restrictions as an additional precautionary measure to ensure a safe environment for patients, visitors and employees during the influenza season. The restrictions will exist for all facilities including Community Hospital, Goshen Care Center, Evergreen Court, and Banner Medical Clinic.
Banner Medical Clinic impletments new care model
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Aug. 4, 2009) - Banner Medical Clinic has recruited two new providers to offer better care for their diabetic, hypertensive and other chronic disease patients.
Goshen Care Center Alzheimer’s Unit admits first cohort of residents
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (July 30, 2009) - After six years of work by the Goshen County Joint Powers Board, the new Alzheimer’s Unit at Goshen Care Center has not only become a reality, but has now admitted the first group, or cohort, of residents.
Banner Medical Clinic Welcomes New Family Practice Physician
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (July 8, 2009) - What brought a native of San Antonio, Texas, population 1 million, to Torrington, Wyo.? “I’ve been interested in medicine from a young age,” says Dr. Norma Cantu, a family practice physician who moved to Torrington in May to practice at Banner Medical Clinic. “My grandparents used to live in a small town and drive hundreds of miles for medical care. I always wanted to practice medicine in a small town, where you can really help people and make a difference.”
Banner Medical Clinic Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (July 8, 2009) - Natalie Beck, an Upton native, has returned to Wyoming. Beck joined Banner Medical Clinic in Torrington in June as a family nurse practitioner (FNP), seeing patients four days a week.
Banner Medical Clinic Welcomes New Physician Assistant
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (July 8, 2009) - Michelle K. Hunter, physician assistant, loves her new practice at Banner Medical Clinic. After working for the last six years at an urgent care clinic in Scottsbluff, Neb., she says she is excited to be able to provide continuity of care. “I was tired of saying ‘follow up with your doctor in a week’,“ Hunter says. “I wanted to be able to say ‘follow up with me in a week’, and then be able to follow the care of my patients. I also wanted the balance of acute and chronic medicine, which I have at Banner Medical Clinic.”
Banner Health Community Hospital breaks ground for new Emergency DepartmentTORRINGTON, Wyo. (May 21, 2009) -- Banner Health Community Hospital held a formal ground breaking ceremony for their new emergency department and hospital remodel project.