Sitka, Alaska (KINY) The Sitka Borough Assembly decided to give more time for five entities interested in operating Sitka Community Hospital
In addition each of the proposals will now have to be made public. The Assembly took close to two hours of public comment before they decided to get the applicants more time.
Resident Tom Cratt said the Assembly needed to have more information before they could decide, "You guys have got to get it together, be in charge, make people accountable, if they're not get rid of them, get somebody who will do the job."
Nancy Blatchley Davis said she didn't want the city to rush into a decision, "Sitkans want to know what you are voting on. We don't know what your voting on. You won't get the consideration or the buy in from us if this goes through and nobody really knows what they want to do. When it comes up we will like it or we won't like it."
Mayor Matthew Hunter said he worried about the financial future of the hospital even though its survived over a decade now with financial problems. One of the applicants is the South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium or SEARHC. "None of these proposals are 100 percent perfect. All of us in this room have an opinion on SEARHC. We remember competition and cooperation and lots of strife at times. That is all in the past. We need to shed preconceived notions about any proposing organization in order to have a fair process."