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RVMC Matches Employee Donations for Sheridan Playground Equipment



The Ruby Valley Medical Center (RVMC) recently sponsored an employee donation drive for the Sheridan Community Charitable Foundation (SCCF) to raise money for playground equipment at the Ray Silve Memorial Baseball Park. RVMC’s board of directors agreed that funds donated by employees would be matched. On August 2nd, RVMC’s CEO, Landon Dybdal presented SCCF co-founder, Sydnee Mailey, with a check for $3,120 for the charity’s playground equipment campaign fund.


The SCCF was founded in 2021 by Kaylie Theis, Pete Rossiter, Katie Holden, Sydnee Mailey, and Britani Allhands with the purpose of improving Sheridan’s three parks – Ray Silve Memorial Baseball Park, the Mill Street Park and the small West Hamilton Park. This dedicated team raises money through running the concessions for the Little League games and four annual community events -Sheridan Days, Oktoberfest, the Christmas Stroll and Cinco de Mayo. Funds are also donated by sponsors and private donations.


To date, SCCF has paid for the construction of an amphitheater and the replacement of the memorial flagpole at Ray Silve Park. Playground equipment for Ray Silve Park has been purchased. “Thanks to the donation from RVMC and money raised from Sheridan Days, we can now start the installation of the new playground equipment,” said Mailey. “We’re hopeful that the playground will be completed by late August or early September, 2023.” Future plans include an improved walking path, bathrooms, a regulation size baseball field and more parking at Ray Silve Park and new playground equipment for the Mill Street and West Hamilton parks. From January through July, the SCCF has raised $145,000. “Every penny we raise goes to the improvement of Sheridan’s parks,” said Mailey.


Ruby Valley Medical Center was pleased to be part of SCCF’s fundraising efforts and hopes to support future park improvements. “Supporting the improvement of our parks supports the health of our community,” said Dybdal. “Obesity and lack of exercise are two of the top five health concerns in the Ruby Valley, according to the recent Community Health Needs Assessment. RVMC is eager to mitigate these concerns by making it easier for our community to get more outdoor exercise.”


SCCF broke ground for construction of the playground on August 12, 2023.

Photo Courtesy of Kaylie Hansen Theis

Donations to the SCCF can be mailed to P.O. Box 435, Sheridan, MT, 59749. The Sheridan Community Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.



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About the Ruby Valley Medical Center

The Ruby Valley Medical Center is a critical access hospital and Montana designated trauma receiving facility serving Sheridan, Twin Bridges, Alder, Laurin, Silver Star, Virginia City, Nevada City, Waterloo, and Whitehall. The Medical Center offers five in-patient beds, two observation beds, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, physical, occupational and speech therapy, swing bed, 24- hour emergency care and a highly qualified nursing staff. Our healthcare providers support patients through the Ruby Valley Medical Center and the clinics in Sheridan and Twin Bridges. Our clinics offer a wide range of healthcare services including pediatrics, well-woman exams, sports physicals, geriatrics, mental health, chiropractic and osteopathic care, non-surgical pain management and tele-medicine to off-site specialists. Our visiting specialists provide surgical, cardiology, OB/GYN and hearing services. The Ruby Valley Medical Center also provides mobile emergency medical services through Ruby Valley Emergency Medical Services. The Ruby Valley Medical Center receives financial support from the Ruby Valley Healthcare Foundation and the Ruby Valley Medical Center Auxiliary.


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