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Natrona County Commission to hold second public forum on Wyoming Medical Center deal Tuesday
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Natrona County Commission to hold second public forum on Wyoming Medical Center deal Tuesday

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Patients are dropped off outside Wyoming Medical Center in Casper on July 7. Support and skepticism of the pending sale of the hospital to Banner Health were mixed in a public forum held Tuesday.

The second and final public forum on the pending deal to sell Wyoming Medical Center to hospital system giant Banner Health will be held Tuesday evening at the county courthouse. 

The forum will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 200 N. Center St.

The deal, worth $200 million between payments and absorption of debt, was announced earlier this year after a yearlong, public search by WMC for a partner. The deal has not been finalized; WMC's land and physical assets are owned by the county, and selling them requires a vote by the Natrona County Commission. A second vote also is needed by the hospital's independent governing board.

If approved — and there has yet to be an announced timeline for when that could happen — the agreement would see the county receive $120 million from Banner. Roughly $37 million would go the hospital's reinforced foundation, while Banner would assume $50 million in debt. WMC would retain its name but would eventually incorporate the Banner identity into its branding.

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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Fewer than 10 residents spoke during the public feedback portion of the meeting, but those who did had mixed feelings on the hospital’s future. None were expressly against the proposal, though several hoped for clarification on the details.

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