Tag: Hugh Hallgren

Sitka OB program: All about community, commitment

There were many reasons that Sitka Community Hospital closed its obstetrics program in 2009, and a number of factors and people involved in its re-opening two years later. In part two of our series on the importance of obstetrics in rural medicine, we talk with a physician whose commitment to a full-spectrum family practice has made a big difference to Sitka’s local hospital. Read More

Sitka CEO: Affordable Care Act will close gap in charity care

The Affordable Care Act will mean big changes for the way health care is paid for across the country. In Alaska, smaller hospitals typically have had to make up the difference themselves between patients who have insurance or who can pay, and those who simply can’t afford to pay anything. In Sitka, the local hospital has already topped $800,000 in uncompensated services this year, with local tax payers footing the bill. For Sitka Community Hospital, the Affordable Care Act is expected to help plug this gap. Read More

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