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Cody Culture Club: Big Horn Basin’s Medical History

January 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm MST

Aerial view of West Park Hospital and Coe Medical building, 1974. MS 89 Jack Richard Photograph Collection, McCracken Research Library. PN.89.68.12419.23

Rx for Curiosity: Exploring Big Horn Basin’s Medical History

With Brian Beauvais, Tom Fitzsimmons, & Patricia (Pat) Briggs

At Cody Regional Health – Pitchfork Room
707 Sheridan Avenue
January 11, 2024
5:30–7:30 p.m.

Join us on select Thursdays January through April for Cody Culture Club. Appetizers and cash bar at every program. If you love Cody, you’re part of the Club! Tickets for individual programs are $25 each, with discounts available with our package deal; details and online ticketing at centerofthewest.org/codycultureclub.

Our January 11 presentation discusses the evolution of medical services from crude frontier medicine to the creation of full-fledged hospital facilities. Traveling doctors and makeshift infirmaries were often the only options for many early Big Horn Basin residents, but as Cody grew so did its resources, and soon a number of medical operations were created to serve the healthcare needs of the community. Join Park County Archivist Brian Beauvais, Flight Paramedic Tom Fitzsimmons, and retired nurse Pat Bragg for a look at the evolution of medical services in the Big Horn Basin.

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Black and white image of hospital with bed, chairs, and small bedside cabinet

Brian Beauvais

About our speakers

Brian Beauvais is the Curator of the Park County Archives in Cody, Wyoming. He has an MA in history and is currently working toward a MLS degree. Brian sits on the board of the Park County Historical Preservation Commission, the Wyoming Historical Foundation, and the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund. In addition to his archival research interests, Brian also loves exploring the historical geography of Park County in order to better understand and recount the unfrequented stories that endure throughout our local landscape.

Tom Fitzsimmons with First Flight helicopterTom Fitzsimmons is a 35+ year veteran of the energy industry and is registered as a Professional Petroleum Engineer in Wyoming and Montana. In the last 10 years, Tom has branched out into EMS. With training from Cody Regional Health and South Plains College in Lubbock, Texas, he has earned his Paramedic license in Texas, Montana, and Wyoming. Today, Tom works full-time at First Flight of Wyoming as a Flight Paramedic with Critical Care Flight Certification.

Patricia (Pat) Briggs was born and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts, and graduated from Vermont College School of Nursing in 1965. Pat moved to Cody after enjoying several summers vacationing at the Siggins Dude Ranch on the South Fork. In 1966, she transitioned to Coe Memorial Hospital where she worked until her retirement in 2006.

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Upcoming Cody Culture Club events

February 15: Ungulate Migrations of the Intermountain West
March 14: Rock Art of the Bighorn Basin
April 11: Western Music

Click here for a postcard of this year’s programs


January 11
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm MST
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Cody, 82414 United States
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