Word on the street is that there will be another community meeting on Monday, September 17th. During this meeting, it is anticipated that SEARHC will provide a update on the transition process and architects from Wold Ar&E will present more designs of the new hospital.
Now before you Seahawks fans start writing hate mail, I’d like to apologize on behalf of all parties for scheduling the meeting while the Hawks are playing Monday Night Football. Set your DVR's and join us (no spoilers please). For you Bears fans … can we recommend a new team to cheer for?
As of this moment, there has been no confirmation of the date or start time of the meeting. Same goes for the location, but I’m going to go out on a limb and assume they’ll once again utilize the Nolan Center. That info will be posted here and on social media just as soon as it’s locked in by the decision-makers (like WMC at Facebook.com/wrangellmedicalcenter for the latest in news and events!). Also, we’ll forgive you if you’re checking the score of the game on your phone in between PowerPoint slides of the new hospital design.
That’s right – we’re expecting new images from Wold. These should be fleshed out design images, with layouts formed with feedback from WMC staff. In short, it’s going to look like something. An actual hospital. Not just conceptuals of the building exterior, or theoretical interior drawings with placeholder department names. We’re going to get snap shot of a layout which Wold thinks will provide WMC staff the conveniences needed to continue providing the level of service our patients deserve. Plus, it’s going to fit SEARHC’s budget. Boom.
In the meantime, WMC staff has been burning the midnight oil to not only serve our patients, but simultaneously working towards the transition to SEARHC management. Nearly two dozen transition teams, consisting of WMC, SEARHC, and sometimes AICS staff, have been meeting weekly to assure not only that the November 1st transition date can be met, but that all necessary steps are taken in the months following the transition. In the case of the SEARHC/AICS merger, transition meetings for of certain departments were still taking place nearly a year after the merger. Can’t be too safe when it comes to healthcare.
WMC employees also just participated in a benefits fair, with SEARHC and vendors in town to show what bennies will be provided under their umbrella. They’re doing everything in their power, and then some, to assure that there are no questions left unanswered for WMC staff in this whirlwind.
On top of all that, SEARHC and the CBW are ironing out the final details of the transaction, and preparing for a vote of the people. Proposition 1 will be on the October 2nd ballot, with the community able to ratify ordinance 948 and seal the deal, assuring quality health care will continue to be provided in Wrangell, along with a brand-spanking-new hospital in a few years.
Be on the lookout for a voter pamphlet detailing Prop 1. I’ll have that info here on the blog just as soon as SEARHC and the Borough make it available. And, if you can take your eyes away from the Seahawks for an hour, stop by the Sept. 17th meeting. I’ll do my best to make sure the next community update doesn’t coincide with MNF and the Hawks.
Mark your calendars, SEARHC - Seattle second of two MNF appearances will be December 10 against the Vikings.