Sitka selects SEARHC

    Sitka, Alaska (KINY) The Sitka Assembly voted 6-1 Tuesday night to work with Southeast Alaska Regional Hospital to create a long-term and viable health care system for the community.

    The Sitka Assembly reviewed five different proposals, heard presentations for two providers, and engaged in multiple public meetings over the past several months.

    SEARHC President and Chief Executive Officer said he was pleased with the selection, "We look forward to taking the next step on behalf of our community.  For years, we have contended that the right thing to do is create a thriving delivery system for Sitka, which SEARHC's proposal thoroughly outlined."

    The RFP issued in March 2018 expressly called for increasing the quality and scope of healthcare provided in Sitka, maintaining/expanding living wage employment opportunities, and mitigating current and future liabilities to the City and Borough of Sitka. SEARHC’s proposal was rated the highest and outlined key benefits.

    They include assuming complete financial risk and responsibility for delivery of healthcare services to Sitka, mitigation of pension liabilities to the City and Borough, free the City funds for other important needs like schools, public safety, roads and infrastructure and expand and enhance healthcare services to Sitka.

    Other benefits mentioned include better electric rates for the community, a commitment to no layoff and reductions for Sitka Community Hospital staff and creation of new employment opportunities, improvement in recruitment and retention of primary care and specialty providers, and build a new healthcare campus that offers Sitka comprehensive and reliable service into the future.

    The city and borough could keep the physical plant and real estate involved at Sitka Community Hospital

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