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Aging Southeast Alaska Hospitals Face Upgrades

Published On: Oct 16 2013 01:11:00 PM AKDT
Aging Southeast Alaska Hospitals Face Upgrades

Many hospitals in Southeast Alaska are getting old and communities are facing expensive upgrades to keep up with changing health care.

KRBD says Ketchikan Medical Center is among the aging facilities in the region. A major overhaul is planned at the hospital, and local voters just approved a ballot measure to take on $43 million in bonds for the planned renovation's first phase.

After that phase, additional improvements estimated to cost $14 million are planned for the hospital, which today retains its 1960s appearance.

Juneau's Bartlett Regional Hospital was rebuilt in the 1960s and expanded in the 1980s.

Wrangell's hospital was built in 1968. Plans for a new hospital stalled during a turbulent leadership battle in the town.

The hospital and its board, however, are ready to start again.