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By Dan Rudy 

Hospital costs could see city looking for managing partner

 

November 9, 2017

Dan Rudy / Wrangell Sentinel

During a special work session between the City and Borough Assembly and Wrangell Medical Center, director Michael Congedo of the BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence and Innovation presents feasibility findings for the hospital's financing a new facility. Of two different building methods considered, a newly built and equipped hospital could cost between $41 million and $52 million, which with interest over 30 years could cost more than double that figure.

In a special workshop at City Hall on Monday, administrators at Wrangell Medical Center and members of its governing board met with the City and Borough Assembly to discuss the cost of a new facility.

The municipally-managed hospital has been interested in constructing a new facility for at least a decade, with its current building in use already for the past four decades posing a number of maintenance and compliance issues. The Assembly had directed WMC staff a year ago to seek architectural and financial consultation for a replacement facility.

Plans for the proposed facility were drawn u...



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