Petersburg looks at medical center options

    Petersburg, Alaska (KINY) Petersburg will request $33 million from the State this year in efforts to renovate the Petersburg Medical Center.

    Hospital Board member Marlene Crishing told the Petersburg Assembly this week that a number of the hospital systems are obsolete, and the structure is not that young anymore.  "We would be terribly irresponsible if we don't come up with a plan for how we are going to keep a medical center, hospital and long term care facility in Petersburg."

    Crishing said it is possible the Borough could do the work in phases to reduce the financial impacts each year.  She said a building committee recently recommended that they build a new hospital all together and not just renovate the existing space, "It would be incredible disruptive and difficult to do an in place remodel.  We want to look with a longer horizon.  If you spend $50 million with the existing footprint. then what happens 30 years from now.  There is no room to grow around there."

    A new hospital would cost at least $50 million.  The Assembly placed $33 million on the borough capital projects list and plan to request funds from the state during this year's budget discussions.

     

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