The nonprofit Providence hospital system, which includes Alaska’s largest hospital, aggressively pursued payment from needy patients who should’ve been eligible for free care.
COVID-19 patients, most of whom are unvaccinated, are now using about half of the state’s intensive care beds.
Health care workers in the state’s emergency rooms and ICUs say watching patients die is becoming routine, and it’s harming their mental health.
Demand for COVID-19 testing in Anchorage has soared to nearly quadruple the June daily average.
The Southcentral Foundation told employees the vaccine requirement will help workers deliver “the highest level of care and safety” to patients.
When elder Esther Green was medevaced to Anchorage, no one could accompany her. Later, while undergoing treatment in Providence Hospital’s intensive care unit, they could not visit or talk to her for more than two weeks.
Young said he was admitted to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage over the weekend but has since been discharged.
At local clinics and hospitals, doctors are fielding lots of questions about coronavirus. Many say they’re counseling patients to take COVID-19 seriously, but not to panic.
Rep. Ivy Spohnholz said the department didn’t provide enough information to Chief Procurement Officer Jason Soza for him to be able to adequately review the contract, which would pay Wellpath $225 million over five years.
Mat-Su Regional Medical Center says in the first nine hours after the earthquake they saw 99 disaster related injuries.