New San-I-Pak Installed


​As of Monday, June 18, the new San-i-Pak regulated medical waste disposal system is up and running at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center! Special thanks to all who worked so hard on installing the system this past week.

The purchase of this much needed piece of equipment would not have been possible without the Foundation's fundraising efforts for this large project. Through those efforts substantial support was received from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s Commercial Passenger Vessel fund; PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s in Bellingham; First Bank and their employees; and the local KMC employees who supported this project during the fall employee giving campaign. 

Environmental Services Manager Tessie Manabat and Maintenance Supervisor Mike Yonker championed the project with our employees and throughout the community. PHKMC Foundation Director Penny Pedersen and Special Project Manager Karen Wolfred worked tirelessly to share this critical need with all those who eventually partnered with us to get this piece of much needed equipment purchased and installed.

Thanks to the efforts of so many people, KMC will now be able to process hazardous waste safely and efficiently. Regulated medical wastes will no longer need have to be packed into containers and shipped south for the processing necessary before disposal. By processing these wastes locally, we'll be maximizing the resources available to serve the health needs of our community.

Way to go team KMC and all our community partners!

Environmental Services Manager Tessie Manabat and Foundation Director Penny Pedersen celebrate the San-i-Pak installation.