New hospital construction on track


August 22, 2019

Caleb Vierkant / Petersburg Pilot

The construction site for the new Wrangell Medical Center, which will be attached to the SEARHC AICS clinic on Wood Street. The 45,000 square foot building is expected to be ready to receive patients by early 2021.

WRANGELL - Construction of Wrangell's new hospital is on track, according to Hospital Administrator Leatha Merculieff. Construction began back in April, as land next to the AICS Clinic was cleared of trees and leveled.

An official groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 30. Back in 2018, the old Wrangell Medical Center was acquired by the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. As part of this deal, SEARHC agreed to build a new hospital for the city.

Designs for the new hospital will connect to the existing clinic, and will be about 44,500 square feet. Floor plans include a 14-bed lo...

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