Sitka, AK (KINY) - Senate passes Murkowski's Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act of 2017, providing almost 20 acres for SEARHC expansions in Sitka.
The land transfer bill, S. 825, will bring 19.07 acres for expansion that would enhance the level of healthcare services available to Southeast Alaska by creating a new area for primary care and acute care facility space, as well as staff housing.
“I thank my colleagues in the Indian Affairs Committee and the rest of the Senate for recognizing the need to support and expand access to healthcare in rural Alaska,” said Senator Murkowski. “SEARHC is working hard to provide southeast Alaskans throughout the region with the most advanced healthcare opportunities possible and it was my honor to help them in their efforts.”
Senator Sullivan also promised dedication to the efforts of SEARHC, "This is great news for the people in the entire southeast region, whose healthcare needs will ultimately be better served. I will continue to support SEARHC as they advance and work with Alaskans and our congressional delegation to improve healthcare across the state.”
SEARHC President and CEO Charles Clement also provided some thoughts on the bill. “Alaska is truly privileged to have such tireless advocates in Washington, D.C. working on behalf of rural Alaska and Tribal health. With the passage of this bill, SEARHC can expand services and improve access to healthcare throughout all Southeast Alaska.”
The transfer gives SEARHC more leverage and oversight of the property, which they are currently managing and maintaining.