Providence Medical Center unveils campus expansion

Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Providence Alaska Medical Center unveiled details earlier this month about a major campus expansion that will expand and modernize the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Prenatal and Mother Baby Units and cardiac surgery program and renovate other areas of the hospital.

On Feb. 23, Providence submitted a certificate of need application to the state of Alaska for the project.

"At Providence, serving Alaskans' needs for health care both now and in the future is core to our mission," said Al Parrish, Providence Health & Services Alaska chief executive. "Generations was designed based on assessing community need for health care services and identifying what Providence needs to do now to prepare the hospital campus to serve current and future generations of Alaskans."

As Alaska's largest health care provider, Providence is the only provider of many specialized health care services in Alaska, such as advanced prenatal services and the Level II/III NICU. This project expands those critical areas to serve a statewide need for those services.

"Generations is critically important to the future delivery of health care in Alaska," said PAMC chief executive Dr. Richard Mandsager. "The NICU must be expanded in order to continue to provide the highest level of care possible for sick babies in Alaska. In addition, expansion and modernization of our Prenatal and Mother-Baby Units, surgery services and the cardiac surgery program will ensure that we are equipped with the most modern medical technology and most efficient physical facilities in the state."

Construction on the $150.3 million project is planned to begin in January 2011 and will last through December 2014.

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