Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is continuing forward in acquiring Wrangell’s hospital. The Native nonprofit plans to build and operate a new hospital in the island town within the next three years.
The city has postponed a town hall meeting set for Monday, July 17, on the future of Sitka’s health care to review other options.
A Haines nonprofit that has provided behavioral health care in the Upper Lynn Canal for 30 years is consolidating with the local tribal health center because of state budget reductions and an increased demand for services.
“All of these agencies realized that if Front Street Clinic disappeared, this huge gap would appear that nobody could fill,” says Mariya Lovishchuk, executive director of The Glory Hole, Juneau’s soup kitchen and shelter.
The clinic for Juneau’s homeless and low-income residents will stay open at least through April 30 thanks to the fundraising efforts of local community members and organizations.
The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium plans to close Front Street Clinic on October 1, according to SEARHC COO Dan Neumeister.
SEARHC COO Neumeister anticipates a final decision on Front Street Clinic when the board meeting ends today.