KMC Certificate of Need Approved!

6/6/2014

​There's a little celebrating going on at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center this Friday, as officials spread the news their request to expand the hospital has been approved.

I’m so thrilled to be able to share the news of the State’s approval of our Certificate of Need," PeaceHealth Ketchikan CAO Ken Tonjes said. "This is a good day for the future health of our community, because this addition and alteration project will allow us to continue providing high-level care locally to our community members and visitors well into the future."

Friday, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner William Streur announced his approval of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center’s certificate of need. The approval allows the City of Ketchikan to build a 72,000-square-foot addition to the Medical Center that includes a surgery department with three operating rooms, sterile processing, outpatient clinics, a parking garage and helipad. This also approves the remodel of existing spaces which includes expanding clinical office space and exam rooms, emergency department, laboratory, radiology and support spaces.

The certificate of need approval was the final step remaining before the construction project could continue to move forward. Prior to receiving this approval, project spending was limited to $1.4 million, allowing construction to begin in May when the former KAR House building was demolished, a modular building was relocated, the construction zone was established and ground work began.

“Now the City can proceed with a number of key purchases for supplies such as steel for the addition’s structure,” said Mr. Tonjes. “We expect that by the end of summer we’ll see the structure take form and by late fall the structure will be fully enclosed, allowing interior construction to continue through the winter.”

In the near future, the City will be working to extend water lines from Tongass to the new addition for a required fire hydrant.

"This is project will provide a huge boost for our area," Tonjes said. "Economically it benefits our area on many levels, but obviously, the most important boost will be our community’s access to healthcare in the future."