Agree to Healthcare Partnership
May 12, 2008
Jon Bolling, Craig City Administrator, and Pat Branco, Ketchikan General Hospital CEO, signed the agreement Wednesday which will take effect when the City of Craig completes the new, expanded, state-of-the-art medical center. The City will continue to own and maintain the facility. The current clinic will continue to offer its full range of healthcare services to the Craig community.
Photograph courtesy KGH
Craig residents supported the agreement, describing the positive care experiences that they and their families had received as patients with the Ketchikan medical staff, as well as at KGH, New Horizons, and at PeaceHealth's St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, WA.
The Hospital approved the agreement in April, after careful consideration by the KGH Medical Group, the Executive Team, and Governing Board. Last week the Craig City Council, after a comprehensive public process, also approved the partnership, effective with the completion of the new Craig Medical Center, expected by January 2010.
When the new facility opens, all physicians and staff at the current Craig Clinic are expected to move, along with their patients, to the spacious and expanded clinic, which will feature all new medical equipment and furnishings, as well as a patient- and family-centered, healing environment.
Once PeaceHealth assumes operation of the clinic, the Craig Clinic will be called: PeaceHealth Medical Group - Craig Clinic, and will welcome and provide access to all members of the Craig community.
Between now and the time that
the new Craig Clinic is constructed and opened, the current clinic
will remain open for all services and is expected to continue
to grow and thrive. The City of Craig will continue to operate
the current Craig Clinic until the new PeaceHealth Medical Group
- Craig Clinic opens.
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