Potential SEARHC Management Discussed in Feasibility Work Session
By Dan Rudy
If it proves financially feasible, Wrangell Medical Center may soon pass from municipal ownership to new management.
At a public meeting held inside the Nolan Center on Monday evening, representatives of the City and Borough of Wrangell and the hospital explained WMC is in pretty dire straits at the moment. WMC chief executive Robert Rang said the facility has been having increasing difficulty meeting costs to operate.
... Following a weekend of meetings with two steering committees made up of city and hospital staff, tribal representatives and community members, SEARHC chief operating officer Dan Neumeister confirmed the organization would be willing to take over management of WMC, as well as its financial liabilities. This would be pending a feasibility review of the hospital and Wrangell's health needs.
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