A new long term care facility may
be built in Kodiak as early as next year, but a few key decisions need to be
made first. The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will get the ball rolling with
those decisions tonight as it convenes for a regular meeting, and will vote on
three separate agenda items related to the proposed facility.
week the assembly met for a work session, and discussed the project at length.
Borough Manager Bud Cassidy outlined what three decisions the assembly will be
voting on during tonight’s meeting.
-- (LTC Debate 1 :32 “One for a lease with Providence … ADA
term care facilities are often referred to as nursing homes. In general,
Cassidy said the new facility would provide more of a home environment for the
aging residents of Kodiak, as opposed to what he called a sanitary hospital
setting. He said the lease the borough will sign with Providence outlines which entity is
responsible for what.
-- (LTC Debate 2 :31 “The
borough is required ... per month lease payment.”)
said the entire project is estimated at more than $18 million.
-- (LTC Debate 3 :20 “The project construction … March
31 of 2014.”)
Brooking is the attorney for the borough and has worked with the assembly on
the lease agreement. She said the push to have the facility up and running by
2014 came from Providence.
-- (LTC Debate 4 :25 “The 2014 date is important …
to move in, in 2014.”)
the borough will vote on three key items for the project, the biggest decision
will come from the state. Before any new health care facility can be built
anywhere in Alaska,
a certificate of need must be obtained from the state. A CON has yet to be
approved for this project, and if it doesn’t come through, the lease, and
project, will be terminated.
-- (LTC Debate 5 :30 “The certificate of need … know
that that’s in place.”)
the project has been fast-tracked, the assembly decided to start the process
without the CON so things are already in the works if and when the state grants
the certificate. Tonight’s regular meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. in the
borough assembly chambers, and will broadcast live on KMXT.