Skagway Medical Corporation to make changes

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2002

The board and administration at the Skagway Medical Corp. sees big changes in its future.

"We hope to move to a critical care access facility that's in between a clinic and a hospital," said Cindie Law, business manager for the corporation.

Board President Frank Wasmer was appointed administrator Jan. 9, and said the corporation is looking to hire another physician's assistant or nurse practitioner for the summer season to accommodate the increase in clients.

Three grants are in the works, Law said, that may make the construction of a new building possible without support from the city.

The corporation is also looking to ways to provide dental services to Skagway. Its lease with Dr. William Coller, the Juneau dentist who has been offering dental services at the clinic, expired in October.

Wasmer said not to expect a hospital in Skagway for at least two years, however. He expects a new facility to cost $2.5 million, and would like it built in a modular style that can be easily expanded.

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