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Eclipse 2017 - Medical Information and Resources

11:44 am, August 21st, 2017.  Douglas, Wyoming finds itself on the path of the Total Eclipse of the Sun.  And while this may be the last Eclipse we see in our lifetime and there is tremendous anticipation for the event not only in our town but internationally, we have taken added steps, extended hours, and added in multiple services in the interest of public health.  Read on below to read how we at MHCC will be working throughout the weekend, what services will be at what locations!

Emergency Medicine

There will be additional staffing on hand in our newly remodeled Emergency Department throughout the Eclipse Weekend: 19th-21st. The Emergency Department at Memorial Hospital of Converse County has the capacity to see 5 to 7 patients at one time.  Our PACU (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit) and Respiratory Therapy will serve as ED overflow providing an additional 10 bays as needed.  We will have 4 Emergency Department Doctors scheduled on rotation throughout both the week leading up to and Eclipse Weekend.

Our Emergency Department is located in the hospital main building (2nd Floor) and can be accessed off of the Center Street entrance (see Map below):


First Aid - Triage and Emergency Services

We will man a First-Aid tent which will be located in Douglas, South of Richards Street at the former drag strip (see map below).  The tent will have sidewalls for privacy and services will include basic first aid, including 2 portable hand washing sinks with hot water, 2 zero gravity chairs, 4 cots, snacks, water, bandages, sunscreen, icepacks, fans, cooling mist system, O2, AED, and radio communication with MHCC ICC.   

Our trained staff will assess patients, render aid or direct them to either the MHCC Urgent Care or MHCC Emergency Department or contact EMS for ambulance transport to the ED.  Maps will be available for patients showing the hospital and urgent care locations. 



There are 6 Ambulances which will be prepositioned throughout the County Friday-Monday in order to improve response times in case of Emergency Calls.  All Ambulances will be responsible for their specific areas and to help prevent unnecessary travel throughout the county.  Ambulances may move according to crowd size and their positions may change throughout the weekend. 

Please be mindful of the ambulances and aware at all times while driving.  If one has lights or sirens or both going please pull safely to the shoulder so they may pass.  Thank you in advance for your help!


Urgent Care & Clinics

Our Urgent Care is located at 700 East Center Street inside of our Medical Office Building.  The Urgent Care is for patients with injuries or illnesses that do not appear to be life threatening.  Due to the estimates of larger amounts of people both residing in and traveling through our county during Eclipse Weekend (19-21) our Urgent Care will have extended hours:

Friday, August 18th 7 AM to 7 PM   Saturday Aug 19th 9 AM to 7 PM   

Sunday, Aug 20th 9 AM to 7 PM     Monday, Aug 21st  7 AM to 7 PM

Also our Medical Office Building will operate as a Walk-In Clinic on Monday, August 21st from 8am-5pm


Memorial Hospital of Converse County also operates several clinics in different communities and counties in the region which will be open at set hours for the week leading up to the Eclipse:

Register Cliff - Guernsey

650 W. Whalen Street

(307) 836-3009

Open Monday through Thursday from 8am-5pm; Fridays  8 AM to 12 PM


Oregon Trail - Glenrock

525 E. Birch Street

(307) 436-8838

Open Monday through Thursday from 8am-5pm; Fridays  8 AM to 12 PM



Wyoming Life Flight

AirMethods Life Flight will temporarily stage a helicopter in Douglas.  The landing zone will be located on the Converse County School District No. 1 Maintenance Facility Parking Lot on East Center Street across from the Douglas Water Park and adjacent to the MOB.  

Life Flight will be stationed in Douglas from Thursday, August 17th through Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017.

Additional flight resources will be provided from Rapid City, SD.  Fixed wing aircraft will be used for facility transfers.  Rotary aircraft will be used for scene response.  The helicopter will make daily flights around the service area to assess crowd size and location.  Life Flight has established landing zones in the Medicine Bow National Forest and Glendo Lake Park.  Other landing zones will be established at the scene as needed.


If you have any questions during the week before the Eclipse and the weekend of the Eclipse please contact us at 307-358-2122.  If you have a medical emergency please dial 9-1-1 or obtain medical care in the Emergency Room as soon as possible.  


We are here for you, our community and all of our visitors during the Eclipse and hope everyone has a SAFE yet enjoyable time experiencing this once in a lifetime event!