The Wrangell Medical Center is slowly recovering from a financial crisis that became apparent at the end of last year, but its financial problems aren’t over yet. That’s what Wrangell Medical Center CEO Marla Sanger told the hospital’s board of directors and the Borough Assembly this week.
Wrangell Medical Center’s auditor and former Chief Financial Officer told the hospital board Wednesday that the medical center has serious financial problems.
The Wrangell Borough Assembly discussed a policy proposal Tuesday for a system to choose local contractors to work on borough projects. The policy would create a pool of qualified, licensed contractors to be hired for projects that cost less than $25,000.
The City and Borough of Wrangell and the Wrangell Medical Center closed a settlement this month with a company formerly contracted to help finance a new hospital building. After the hospital project stalled in 2012 with more than a million dollars spent on contracts, city and hospital officials are hoping for a fresh start.
The jury trial of a Wrangell doctor accused of possessing and distributing child pornography has been bumped nearly two months. Doctor Greg Salard’s defense attorney asked for delay until Feb. 23, 2015.
A federal grand jury indicted Wrangell doctor Greg Salard Wednesday, charging him with distribution and possession of child pornography.
The chief financial officer of Wrangell Medical Center and Alaska Island Community Services has resigned to pursue a different job opportunity. The WMC Board of Directors discussed possible courses of action to fill the CFO position, but they did not make a decision.
Wrangell Medical Center and Alaska Island Community Services this month announced a collaboration to improve staff response time when a patient may be a danger to themselves or the community. The two organizations teamed up to prevent delays in dealing with behavioral health issues.
The Wrangell Medical Center Board of Directors Wednesday approved its budget for the new fiscal year. WMC CEO Marla Sanger also updated the board on plans for the new hospital.
Medicare has extended a limit on physical therapy coverage to the Wrangell Medical Center. Starting in 2014, Medicare will cover physical therapy for Wrangell residents up to $1,920 each year.