ROCK SPRINGS – From an uncertain future and employees looking for help from whoever could give it to finding new management to take the lead in a short two months. Who is to thank for all of this? All of you.
On Tuesday, Governor Matt Mead stood side by side with local legislators, officials and the leadership of EmpRes Healthcare Management as they cut the ribbon to a new start in a familiar place. EmpRes President Brent Well said it all started with a voicemail from local nursing home director Melissa Elliott asking for help.
Chief Executive Officer of EmpRes Dale Patterson said he still has that voice mail.
Rock Springs Councilman Tim Savage, Sen. Bernadine Craft, Rep. JoAnn Dayton and Elliott were all honored for the work they did to make sure this service continues to help local residents in the future years. There was a common theme heard from all the speakers on Tuesday. The only reason this was possible was because of dedicated employees who stood strong in dark times never giving up and to the entire community for its generosity and community pride. Well said other buildings in the same position closed and it was this community which kept the doors open in Rock Springs. Patterson said it is an honor to be part of such a strong community.
This is Sen. Craft’s hometown and her pride in the community was evident.
“This is my hometown and my home district,” she exclaimed. “And I haver never been more prouder in my life of my hometown and my home district.”
Craft also spoke highly about the state saying none of this would have been possible if it was not for the state providing them more time to find new ownership. Craft called Mead a “man who never lost his humanity.”
Mead opened by saying the situation has been a bit of a rodeo. He said the state is not generally interested in taking over private business but felt this was necessary. After a long discussion with other state leaders it was decided this situation was a little different.
“What we are doing now is not taking over a private business,” Mead said. “What we are doing is taking care of Wyoming citizens.”
Mead also spoke highly of everyone involved.
“What I want to say to this community, the employees and the legislators is you didn’t disappoint and all came through.”
Mead said it is in challenging times like these that you find out about the character of a community. He said no one should ever question this community or the pride the employees showed to keep fighting through the most uncertain time of the whole situation.
“In the end, you all came out with an A+ A+,” Mead said.