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By Dan Rudy 

SEARHC-WMC deal looks promising, parties say


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An architectural concept prepared for SEARHC here shows an overview from above of a new facility joining Wrangell Medical Center with the Alaska Island Community Services clinic on Wood Street. Pending an acquisition deal to be struck with the city, the combined facility would boast 44,500 square feet of space, with room for future expansion.

WRANGELL - After a series of meetings and public presentations last week, a proposed acquisition of Wrangell Medical Center by a regional health group looks more probable.

Southeast Alaska Rural Health Consortium has expressed interest in administering the municipal hospital, which has been in a prolonged state of financial difficulty. At the Wrangell Assembly's most recent meeting last Tuesday, WMC chief executive officer Robert Rang reported having only 13 days' cash on hand with which to cover operational costs, driven in part by fluctuations in revenue.

While an infusion of $250,000 by...

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