- 1898 Fort Road
Since April 1922, the Sheridan VAMC has been a mental health care and primary care facility for men and women who have served their country. In 1898 the grounds that are now the Sheridan VAMC were set aside by President William McKinley to be a military fort. The fort was named after Brigadier General Ranald Slidell Mackenzie. The first troops to the fort in 1901 were Buffalo Soldiers who used the fort for rest and retraining. By World War I, the fort was closed and ready for demolition. However, former President Taft, who after leaving office was appointed to the Supreme Court, was able to get the fort transferred to the Bureau of Health as a hospital for men coming home from WWI with battle fatigue or what is known today as PTSD. The hospital opened in April 1922 as a 300 bed facility. By the end of World War II, the facility had 900 beds.
Today the Sheridan VAMC has 208 beds and serves nearly 12,500 Veterans yearly. The Medical Center boast eight Community Based Outpatient Clinics, located strategically across Wyoming. Each clinic, along with the Medical Center, is staffed to provide a wide range of health and mental health services.
The Sheridan VAMC serves Veterans across Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain Region. In addition to our main Medical Center in Sheridan, five Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) are strategically located around the state to provide services closer to your home. The CBOCs are located in: Casper, Gillette, Riverton, Rock Springs, and Powell, Wyoming. One outreach clinic is located in Afton/Star Valley and two Primary Care Telehealth Outreach Clinics (PCTOC) are located in Evanston and Worland.
Though the Sheridan VAMC is not a typical teaching hospital we are affiliated with the the following schools;
• Eastern Washington University: Doctorate, Physical Therapy;
• Idaho State University: Masters, Physician Assistant; Doctorate of Pharmacy;
• Missouri State University: Doctorate, Physical Therapy;
• Rocky Mountain College: Masters, Physician Assistant;
• Sheridan College: Associate Degree, Registered Nurse;
Associate Degree, Dental Hygiene; Associate Degree Pharmacy Technician;
• University of Montana: Doctorate, Physical Therapy; Doctorate of Pharmacy;
• University of North Dakota: Doctorate, Physical Therapy; Masters, Physician Assistant;
• University of Washington: Third year Medical Student Clerkship site for
Medicine; Fourth year Medical Student medicine elective site;
• University of Wyoming: BS, Social Work; Masters, Social Work; Psychology Student Clerkships; Doctorate of Pharmacy; Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Masters of Science in Nursing;
• Creighton University, Doctorate of Pharmacy;
• Casper College Occupational Therapy Assistant;
• Walla Walla University, Masters of Social Work;
• Idaho State University, Doctorate of Physical Therapy;
• Walden University, Masters of Science in Nursing
144 miles N of Casper; 130 miles S of Billings; 156 miles E of Cody
Sheridan looks right at home where the Rockies meet the plains, its deep roots evident in its well-preserved historic downtown. The Bighorn Mountains cast afternoon shadows in this direction, across the ranches in the foothills where dude ranching was defined and perfected. One of the largest of Wyoming's small towns, with about 16,000 residents, Sheridan, named after Civil War general Philip Sheridan, retains its small-town charm with century-old buildings along Main Street and the mansions of cattle barons.
The source of prosperity in more recent times lies in the massive coal deposits to the north and east. After decades of production, the big strip mines are in a slow decline, and tourism is on the rise, with an influx of adventurous mountain bikers, rock climbers, paragliders, snowmobilers, and cross-country skiers who are lured by the Bighorns. Ranching these days is less about beef and more about providing saddle time for vacation dudes and retreats for wealthy corporate kings. Or queens -- Queen Elizabeth of England, who has distant relations here, stopped by in the 1980s, and like any sensible horsewoman would, she dropped by King's Saddlery, known worldwide for hand-tooled tack and ropes.