St. John's Medical Center has completed the purchase of a 5.79-acre
land parcel in Alpine, WY to help address staff recruitment and retention
challenges anticipated as housing becomes more difficult to find in Teton
County. "Although it could take 3+ years for this project to come
to fruition, I'm delighted that it will provide critically needed
options for many of our current employees who face considerable difficulty
finding and keeping stable, quality housing for themselves and their families,"
said Cynthia Hogan, chair of the board of trustees.
"Many longtime employees of St. John's own their homes in Teton
County," explained CEO Paul Beaupré, MD. "As we project
our future staffing needs based on age and retirement, it is clear that
the individuals who fill future open positions will be far less able to
afford local housing due to escalating rent and home ownership costs.
This project will greatly alleviate my concerns about being able to staff
St. John's for the next decade and beyond."
The parcel purchased is located in Alpine Meadows, a community located
36 miles from Jackson on the north end of Alpine at the junction of WY
89 and 26. The parcel consists of five lots that have been approved by
the Alpine Meadows Architectural Review Committee for multi-family housing.
Hospital administration will now begin work on planning for phased development
of the parcel. The number, type, and timing of units constructed will
be determined during this process. It is estimated that final build-out
will accommodate approximately 80 housing units, depending on programming
and size. This new inventory will supplement the 57 long-term and 8 on-call
units currently represented in St. John's Teton County housing inventory.
In addition, St. John's owns and maintains 14 units for patients and
As part of the new housing development plan, St. John's will address
transportation between the new Alpine neighborhood and Jackson. Staff
will continue to work with START to enhance public transportation between
Jackson and the commuter communities, including Alpine. "When we
talk to our employees, we regularly hear that convenient reliable transportation
makes out-of-county housing a much more appealing option," said human
resources director Thom Kinney. "This is definitely a 'housing
plus transportation' value proposition."
The purchase closed on February 1, 2019. Purchase price was $1.35 million,
which includes a $250,000 credit toward water and sewer hookup fees. The
purchase will be funded by St. John's cash reserves and may be offset
by the sale of other real estate owned by St. John's.
"There are many reasons that recruiting and retaining health care
employees and providers is challenging for hospitals across the country,"
said Kinney. "In our community, housing rises to the top of this
list. We are excited to begin planning on this project and provide some
relief for this challenge."
In addition to providing housing to address the needs of St. John's
Medical Center, Beaupré said that he is exploring interest with
several community leaders to evaluate whether the project could benefit
others facing similar challenges.
Media contact: Karen Connelly, 307 739 7380,
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