Wrangell Sentinel -

By Ben Muir 

If numbers work, hospital on its way to SEARHC management


April 12, 2018

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Speaking at a public meeting late Monday evening, SEARHC COO Dan Neumeister fields questions about a possible partnership between the regional health provider and Wrangell Medical Center. Facing formidable financial challenges, the city-run hospital is need of an alternative management structure to continue operating.

If it proves financially feasible, Wrangell Medical Center may soon pass from municipal ownership to new management.

At a public meeting held inside the Nolan Center on Monday evening, representatives of the City and Borough of Wrangell and the hospital explained WMC is in pretty dire straits at the moment. WMC chief executive Robert Rang said the facility has been having increasing difficulty meeting costs to operate.

"The hospital's been losing money for several years," he reported.

Wrangell's hospital has never generally been flush with cash, but over the past decade and a half it has ha...

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