Robotic-assisted Weight-loss Surgery Performed at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center

February 11, 2022 Cheyenne, WY—In January bariatric surgeon Napoleon Cieza, MD, performed a robotic-assisted weight-loss surgery at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. It was the first time for a bariatric surgery to be performed at CRMC using the hospital’s da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system. “The patient came through the surgery very well and was back at home recovering the next day,” said Dr. Cieza, who is in practice with Cheyenne Regional Medical Group Consultants in Surgery. Dr. Cieza spent the past year evaluating how CRMC’s da Vinci Xi robot would function during a sleeve gastrectomy, a type of weight-loss surgery…

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Laramie County WIC Program Announces New Office Hours

January 21, 2022 Cheyenne, WY—Due to staffing shortages, the Laramie County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) office is now open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office will also be closed every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon. Laramie County WIC is located at 421 East 17th St., Cheyenne. WIC offers benefits to income-eligible women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or who recently had a baby and to families with children under the age of five. WIC nutritionists and nurses provide participants with supplemental food, nutrition education and breastfeeding support and help participants connect with community resources. Laramie…

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Two Cardiologists New to Our Heart & Vascular Team

January 27, 2022 Meet Dr. Abdelhadi Rifai, Cardiologist CRMG Heart & Vascular Institute Dr. Abdelhadi Rifai joined the Cheyenne Regional Medical Group (CRMG) Heart & Vascular Institute from Chicago, IL, where he completed his cardiovascular medicine fellowship at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Rifai said he chose cardiology because he “was fascinated by the multi-modality approach that cardiology offers” and specifically “the link between physical exams to imaging to interventional procedures—all with the aim of improving a patient’s quality of life.” According to Rifai, there is “no boring day in cardiology,” and he enjoys the continuous learning and complexity that…

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Cheyenne Resident Has ‘Widowmaker’ Heart Attack

January 27, 2022 Damon receives life-saving care from several community members and CRMC   Katina and Damon Tweedy: Damon underwent a cardiac catheterization at CRMC after suffering what’s known as a “widowmaker” heart attack while at work. Damon Tweedy doesn’t remember much about November 7, 2021. “I had a heart attack when I was at work at Walmart, but I don’t remember a lot about what happened,” he said. Damon was told that a nurse and certified nursing assistant who were shopping at Walmart performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on him until the ambulance arrived. Damon’s wife,…

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A Message from Our President and CEO Tim Thornell

January 27, 2022 Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is committed to being here for our community, to provide trusted healthcare locally and to be a leader in our region and our state as we inspire great health. This past year has been a difficult one for Cheyenne Regional and for healthcare systems across our state, region and nation as we continue to take on the challenges brought on by COVID-19. At the heart of all we do are our employees and medical staff. They have been working tirelessly and heroically. Their dedication and commitment to providing great healthcare during this pandemic…

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