If there's still any confusion as to what location they have ear-marked for the new hospital, I'm here to clear that up for you. For those who were hoping to be surprised by the placement of the new facility (spoiler alert), they're looking at a joint campus with the AICS Clinic.
Thanks to Carol at City Hall, I am able to update this post with a current aerial photo, sparing new readers of the previous MS Paint eyesore. The image above clearly outlines the WMC designated parcels surrounding the AICS Clinic. The parcel outlined in blue, located west/northwest of the clinic, is where the theoretical hospital will be planted.
Previous plans had some sort of walkway/breezeway joining a detached hospital to the Clinic for ease of access. Now that SEARHC is involved, plans for a walkway are scrapped. They're going to slap the new hospital on the Zimovia-facing side of the Clinic and put everything under one roof.
The reasons to pursue a joint campus are obvious. Medical staff and patients will no longer have to commute between the hospital and clinic. This is important, seeing how the entities share physicians, and patients should receive care without having to hop back in their car or take an impractical ambulance ride. The land is city-owned, and provides enough area for not only the required construction for a new critical access hospital, but potential future expansion as well.
The main reason, of course, is that it'll cut the costs down.
Underutilized space in the Clinic, namely a large upstairs area, can be used by WMC, perhaps for Admin offices. Waiting and meeting areas, break rooms and procedure rooms, they could be shared. There's just no reason to duplicate these locations if they're only used half of the time, or never nearing max capacity. This eliminates the need for hundreds-to-thousands of square feet in new construction.
It all comes down to dollars. The more the architects can whittle that price tag down through shared space, the more likely SEARHC brings out the check book and builds the nicest small hospital in Alaska right in our back yard.
And wouldn't it be nice to have all the care you need under one roof?