Sitka Hospital Asks Community For Help With Money Problems

Sitka Community Hospital is turning to the residents it serves to try to figure out how to climb out of its $2 million budget deficit.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports that CEO Rob Allen spoke with about two dozen people at a community town hall Monday asking where the hospital can improve.

Among the topics that came up was the hospital’s electronic health records system, which has caused delays in billing since it was installed last year.

Next the hospital will meet with specific stakeholders and offer an online survey, which will be released in May. Allen says hospital staff will draft a plan based on survey results.

In December, the Sitka Assembly voted to extend a line of credit to the hospital from $500,000 to $1.5 million.