(Lander, WY) – “This is a big dang deal,” commented Wyoming Representative and Healthcare Facilities Task Force Chairman Lloyd Larsen at the October 28 ribbon cutting ceremony for the Wyoming Life Resource Center (WLRC) construction project completion.
The roughly $85 million remodeling project began in 2018 and saw the addition of various facilities, including 100 new beds spread over 10 new cottages.
The cottages include two behavioral and three medical Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF), as well as two medical and three behavioral Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF).
The ceremony began with a welcome from Wyoming Life Resource Center Facility Administrator Jeremy Forbis, an opening prayer from Rev. Walt Seeley of the Trinity Episcopal Church, and a Presentation of Colors and singing of the National Anthem from the VFW Post 954/American Legion Post 33 and the LVHS Lander Valley Singers.
Wyoming Department of Health Director Executive and Work Group Chairman Stefan Johansson then took the stage to welcome the dignitaries invited to the event, which included:
- Governor Mark Gordon
- Wyoming Secretary of State Karl Allred
- Wyoming State Treasurer Curt Meier
- Wyoming State Auditor Kristi Racines
- Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Schroeder
- Wyoming State Senate President Dan Dockstader
- Wyoming House of Representatives Speaker Eric Barlow
- Wyoming Representative and Healthcare Facilities Task Force Bob Nicholas
- Wyoming State Construction Department Director Jerry Vincent
- Wyoming Department of Family Services Director Korin Schmidt
- Wyoming Department of Health Behavioral Health Division Senior Administrator Matt Perry
- Sletten Construction Wyoming President Shawn Warner
- HOK Architecture Michael Thoma
- MOCA, Owner’s Representative Paul Ernst
Johansson went on to thank the many people responsible for the project, including some of the above-mentioned dignitaries and project manager for the Wyoming Department of Health, Billy Holmes.
Holmes was also recognized by the next speaker, the Governor himself, who called him “the hero of the project,” and presented him with the Governnor’s coin designed by Staff Sgt. Whitley of the Wyoming National Guard, which depicts the “principles of the code of the west.”
You can hear part of the Governor’s speech including the presentation of the coin to Holmes below.
After Rep. Larson concluded his speech, where he also acknowledged longtime project supporter Senator Cale Case, Johansson addressed the crowd once more, and the official ribbon cutting was then conducted.
Assisting Governor Gordon in the cutting were 35 and 44 year WLRC employees Karen Good and Barb Ashby, as well as the Governor’s trusty pocket knife when the ceremonial scissors couldn’t get the cutting done.
A few surprise announcements were also made during the ceremony, including the naming of three buildings honoring Nicholas, Johansson and Larson; the Nicholas Activity and Aquatic Center, the Johansson Health Center, and the Larson Professional Center.