August 17, 2015
ANCHORAGE, AK - Alaska Regional submitted a letter of appeal to the State of Alaska, Department of Health & Social Services, requesting an administrative hearing to review the decision to deny Alaska Regional's request to build freestanding emergency departments in Eagle River and in South Anchorage.
According to State of Alaska utilization metrics for "Certificate of Need," the Municipality of Anchorage will need approximately 13 more emergency room beds between now and 2022 to support projected population growth. Alaska Regional proposed developing two freestanding emergency departments closer to the populations to be served, and Providence Alaska Medical Center requested all of the emergency department beds to be located on its campus.
On July 14, Commissioner Valerie Davidson denied Alaska Regional's request in full and granted the right to build eight emergency department beds to Providence Hospital as long as they are built on the Providence campus.
"We remain convinced that our proposal addresses a significant unmet need, especially for those living in Eagle River," said Julie Taylor, Alaska Regional Hospital's CEO. "Not only will our model improve access to emergency services in close proximity to where patients live, but it will promote collaboration with primary and urgent care services while adding benefit to the overall health of the community."