Alaska hospital closes

Sitka (Alaska) Community Hospital closed July 29, and the facility will be integrated into Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center in Sitka Aug. 1.

After the hospital closed, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium took over the facility. SEARHC will operate the facility as part of Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital.

SEARHC plans to offer a variety of services at the former Sitka Community Hospital, including a family clinic and long-term care, according to SEARHC's website.

Local residents will also have access to urgent care. Mountainside Urgent Care, formerly Sitka Medical Center Express Care Clinic, will be open seven days a week.

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