South Lincoln Medical Center has been designated a Critical Access Hospital, as defined by the Office of Rural Health Policy, part of the Health Resources & Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Program was established to aid in the continuation of healthcare services for rural residents and works to accomplish the following: - Aids in the continuation of health care services for rural residents - Enables hospitals to be eligible for cost-based Medicare reimbursement for inpatient and outpatient services
Healthcare in the Kemmerer / Diamondville area has come a long way. Back in 1913, the United Mineworkers' Association established a tiny medical facility at the top of Park Drive above Archie Neil Park. Later that year, the name became Lincoln County Miner's Hospital.
In 1959 a decision was made to establish a taxing entity to support the hospital and the South Lincoln Hospital District was formed in 1960, with a 20-bed hospital being dedicated in 1961.
The year 2010 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Hospital District!
Construction on a new hospital began in 1986 and a dedication service was held in 1988. Since that time we've seen the addition of the 24-bed Nursing Center and the Emergency Medical Services Multi-Purpose Building in 1999.