In the wake of the April 9th discussion of Wrangell's current healthcare situation, staff from Wold Architects and Engineers have released the presentation and meeting minutes.
About 150 Wrangellites filled the Nolan Center to view the presentation, as well as voice questions and concerns to leadership from WMC, SEARHC, AICS and the Borough, along with the staff from Wold A&E tasked with developing plans for a potential joint WMC/AICS clinic campus.
The presentation touched on the deteriorating state of the current WMC facility, the financial issues facing WMC and other small hospitals, the Borough's lack of resources to assist WMC long-term, and SEARHC's interest in assuming hospital operations, provided that the price is right. Wold A&E have taken the results from the Feasibility Work Session and Community Meeting back to Minnesota. In the coming days or weeks, a draft and pricetag for the proposed new joint campus will be delivered to SEARHC. Those figures will be paired with inspections of the current WMC facility and SEARHC will then make the call on whether they do or don't want to assume hospital operations in Wrangell.
To download the presentation and meeting minutes, click here. To view a Wrangell Sentinel article about the Community Meeting, click here.
Potential SEARHC Management of WMC Discussed in 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.