Sitka in Negotiations with SEARHC

    Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - The borough and SEARHC will meet again on Dec. 19. Subsequent meetings are scheduled on Jan. 7 and Jan. 18 to finalize the agreement.

    Representatives from the City and Borough of Sitka and SEARHC are negotiating an agreement for developing an integrated healthcare delivery system for the borough.

    The negotiations, which began last week, came after SEARHC signed a letter of intent with the borough on Sept. 27 and subsequently submitted a due diligence list as well as a proposed lease for Sitka Community Hospital and a proposed asset purchase agreement.

    “We are pleased with how negotiations are unfolding with SEARHC and are continuing to build trust with one another,” stated Sitka Municipal Administrator Keith Brady. “Both parties’ goals of affiliation are closely aligned, and SEARHC is responsive to addressing the City’s and communities’ concerns.”

    According to a borough news release, additional issues discussed during the meeting included building accountability into the APA to ensure commitments proposed by SEARHC are accomplished. The negotiating teams also reviewed how best to develop an effective governance structure to enhance the level of community input and engaged in a high-level discussion on the transition of Sitka Community Hospital’s services.

    “This is a tremendous opportunity for SEARHC to partner with CBS in building an effective healthcare system for Sitka and surrounding communities,” said SEARHC President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Clement. “In working together, we can create a thriving healthcare system that enhances the economic position, as well as the social and health benefits for our community.”

    The borough and SEARHC will meet again on Dec. 19. Subsequent meetings are scheduled on Jan. 7 and Jan. 18 to finalize the agreement.

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