The polls open at 7:00 a.m. next Tuesday, October 2, in the Nolan Center. Absentee voting is open now. Just wanted to leave a reminder that ...
A YES VOTE ON PROPOSITION 1 MEANS THAT YOU ARE IN SUPPORT OF THE BOROUGH ASSEMBLY'S DECISION TO APPROVE THE TRANSACTION ALLOWING SEARHC TO ASSUME OPERATIONS OF WRANGELL MEDICAL CENTER AND BEGIN CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW HOSPITAL TO BE PAID FOR FULLY BY SEARHC.
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See you at the polls, voters. The future of healthcare in Wrangell is in your hands.
It's undersold - the fact that the last handful of years our Long Term Care (LTC) facility has been racking up quality awards in a facility that's more than outlived its useful life. Just think of what our staff could do in a brand, spankin' new building.
We're less than 30 months from finding that out.
Above is the updated layout of the new hospital. This is the latest design, formed by input from WMC staff to achieve desired work flow. We're going to take a look at the top left portion of the floorplan, zooming in to see what our new LTC could look like.
On the right, you see some highlights provided by Wold Architects during the community meeting on Monday, Sept. 17. I'd like to take a moment to quickly expand on Wold's bullet points.
Reorganized plan for expansion - They've created two different 'communities' of rooms on either side of the shared activities and dining areas. This allows for an additional four LTC rooms to be easily added to the north, creating two 9-person communities on either end of LTC.
Created dedicated charting/nurse station - This will provide a central space for LTC staff, a satellite of the nurses station and the dedicated area will assure there's no computer cart in the hallway to trip over.
Connected Kitchen and Receiving, created a courtyard - So the initial floorplan looked less like a doughnut and more like a horseshoe. The doughnut design is for the better. You can now walk north through LTC and hand a right to receiving, providing a direct route for our supplies to get to our residents. The byproduct of this addition is an awesome courtyard (which is viewed better in the full floorplan image above). On nice days, residents will have the option to venture and/or dine outside. This open area will provide plenty of natural light into the center of the facility, including east facing LTC resident rooms and the dining area.
Two private bathrooms, six semi-private bathrooms, private resident rooms - Perhaps the last two bullet points glossed over this fact, but residents will all have private rooms. Twelve will share a bathroom with a suite mate, and two will have private bathrooms, all of which will be large and compliant. The rooms, now private, will be an even larger space than the shared rooms in the current WMC facility. The LTC wing will be bigger and better, in every way. Residents will have more space and privacy. Even the events and dining areas are separate. Today, they're limited to a multi-purpose day room for any activities outside of their personal room. The new LTC will even have a private family room, perfect for birthdays or group visits.
SEARHC wants to provide the best nursing home experience in the state. The architects are getting input from our award-winning LTC staff on what needs to be included to provide that experience, as this is home to our residents. So far, it looks like we're going to have the space and layout to succeed.
A big thank you to the WMC staff and community members in attendance for last evening's community update on the new hospital project. Those in attendance were treated to some updated design images of the proposed SEARHC healthcare campus, including the updated concept art of the campus exterior.
Compared the initial design concept, there are some noticeable changes in the building's exterior. Not just because the image itself has been fleshed out, but due to discussions on work-flow with WMC staff. In order to better serve our patients, the floorplan has been changed, thus the footprint of the campus is quite a bit different.
Over the past two months, Wold Architects have been visiting with each WMC department head and key staff members. In those meetings, Wold is listening to the needs of WMC employees, with a goal of providing staff the layout needed to maximize work flow - thus allowing them to provide the greatest level of service possible to all patients. Those meetings have taken the original concept floorplan ...
And transformed it into the following:
As you can see, they've added a service hallway at the north end. In the process, that created the opportunity for the courtyard at the heart of the hospital wing. Rehab flip-flopped spaces with the Laboratory, so PT patients could easily access said courtyard. You may also notice another small courtyard has been added on your way from the hospital to the clinic. There are actually utilities running under that area, so a courtyard and corridors provide easier access to those utilities than fully constructed rooms, just in case.
We'll be diving into each department in the new design in the coming days/weeks, so keep checking this blog for new posts. Just thought that the new external image was too cool not to share immediately, and the floorplan makes it look and feel like something - like a hospital.
There it is, the official announcement. Share with your family and friends. Heck, even share with your enemies, they need healthcare too. My guess would be that there will be coffee and snacks, but don't hold me to that. And it doesn't start 'til 6:30 pm, so the Seahawks should be up big at that point.
Below is the Voter Pamphlet for Proposition 1 of the October 2nd ballot. Please read and share this information with friends and family. Hard copy pamphlets will be showing up in all Wrangell PO Boxes in the coming days.
CITY & BOROUGH OF WRANGELL
The Municipal Election in Wrangell will take place on October 2, 2018. The ballot will include PROPOSITION 1 which asks the community to vote on a healthcare solution for Wrangell. The City & Borough of Wrangell (CBW) has been working with Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) for the past several months to develop a local heathcare solution.
WHY A VOTE?
The value of the transaction exceeds $1 million. The CBW Charter requires that any transaction valued at $1 million or more must be ratified by the voters.
WHY IS A HEALTHCARE SOLUTION NECESSARY?
WHAT ARE SEARHC’s SIGNIFICANT OBLIGATIONS TO WRANGELL IN THIS TRANSACTION?
WHAT ARE THE CBW’s SIGNIFICANT OBLIGATIONS TO SEARHC IN THIS TRANSACTION?
DOES THE ASSEMBLY SUPPORT PROPOSITION 1?
HOW WILL PROPOSITION 1 READ ON THE BALLOT?
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF PROPOSITION 1 PASSES?