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City of Cordova contracts with Providence for medical center management

The City of Cordova has contracted with Providence Health & Services Alaska to provide management services for the Cordova Community Medical Center beginning March 1.
Cordova Community Medical Center -- including a 13-bed critical access hospital and 10-bed long-term care facility -- has served Cordova residents for more than a quarter century. The original Cordova hospital was established in 1904. Likewise, Providence has a long history of serving Alaskans, dating back to 1902 during the Gold Rush in Nome.
“We’re honored to be a part of providing health care to the residents of Cordova,” said Susan Humphrey-Barnett, area operations administrator for Providence, who is responsible for critical access hospitals in communities around the state, including Kodiak, Seward and Valdez.
Management services offered by Providence in Cordova will involve administration and oversight for the medical center, including employment of the hospital administrator. CCMC will remain responsible for all other employees as well as systems and policies.
“Cordova has struggled with providing health care to our community due to management and provider turnover,” said Cordova Mayor Jim Kallander. “Signing this contract with Providence is the culmination of more than a year of discussion and planning with the entire community, and we’ve been able to deliver what the community wanted.
“I am grateful for the efforts of the Health Services Board, Native Village of Eyak, City Council and many members of our community for their efforts without which this would not have been possible. We’re optimistic and excited to have Providence as a partner in management of health care services in Cordova. We’re looking forward to increased opportunities and better quality care.”
Providence will support physician recruitment and offer research and recommendations for a new electronic health record system at CCMC. Providence also has committed to installing eICU services at the medical center. This remote monitoring system helps care for critically ill patients in multiple hospitals from a single location, in this case at Providence Alaska Medical Center. It allows critical care specialists to alert clinical staff at the bedside to potential problems before they occur and to guide intervention, keeping patients in their own community.
Cordova Community Medical Center is a publicly owned critical access hospital, offering medical services that include preventative, outpatient and long-term care. CCMC is covered by a seven-member Health Services Board, appointed by the Cordova City Council. For more information about the Cordova Community Medical Center, visit:
Providence Health & Services Alaska is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities.
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