Wold A&E recently released the presentation and minutes from the April 9th community meeting. Those documents can be viewed here.
The event was well attended and the amount of positive feedback was refreshing. Stik Cafe cookies and a few pots of coffee fueled the discussion, while SEARHC's donation of 40,000 AK Air miles made sure anyone on the fence decided to show up.
For those who weren't able to attend, or attendees who want a recap, review the PDFs and share with all who may be interested. If you have a Sentinel subscription, read Dan Rudy's write up here. The future of Wrangell as we know it could look extremely different depending on the outcome.
An encouraging item included in the presentation was the timeline for SEARHC's decision of assuming hospital operations. I clipped a portion to share:
So the workshops are in the books. Wold is hard at work putting together a draft to show SEARHC as I'm typing this. The findings could be presented as soon as May. The Borough wants a decision by the end of June, but Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen stated in the community meeting that a decision could come as early as May.
Wold's Josh Ripplinger fielded a question during the Q&A as to how long it will take to complete construction. Ripplinger said from groundbreaking to admitting the first patient was a 30-36 month window. Of course, we shouldn't be overlooking the lawyers having to step in for a bit if SEARHC wants to proceed, but it's fun to start doing to math and envisioning Wrangell being home to the nicest critical access hospital in the state.