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State of Alaska approves certificate of need for Providence Generations project

ANCHORAGE, AK – The state of Alaska has approved a certificate of need for Providence Alaska Medical Center’s Generations project. The Generations project, so named because of the Providence commitment to care for generations of Alaskans, is the modernization and expansion of Providence Alaska Medical Center. Areas affected by this expansion and renovation include the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Prenatal and Mother Baby units and cardiac surgery program, as well as modernization of the surgical services and ancillary areas.
“Generations will bring a new level of care to our smallest patients, the premature babies who receive care in our Newborn Intensive Care Unit,” said Richard Mandsager, MD, chief executive of Providence Alaska Medical Center. “Through this project, the NICU will be expanded and modernized to include private rooms for these patients and their families. Generations will allow us to continue providing the best care possible for generations to come.”
The certificate of need provided approval for the expansion and modernization of the NICU with 66 bassinets; the Prenatal Unit with 13 beds; and the Mother-Baby Unit with 25 beds. Additionally, this renovation will include expansion of the cardiac surgery program by adding an additional dedicated operating room for cardiac surgery with hybrid technology. Generations also includes expansion and modernization of the pharmacy, sterile processing and materials management departments.
As Alaska’s largest health care provider, Providence is the only provider of many specialized health care services in Alaska, such as advanced prenatal inpatient services and the Level II/III NICU. This project expands those critical areas to serve a statewide need.
Construction on the $150.3 million project is planned to begin in January 2011 and will last through December 2016.
The state’s  certificate of need program  is an approval process designed to “promote responsive health facility and service development, rational health planning, health care quality, access to health care, and health care cost containment.” The review process involves evaluation of the application and incorporates a period for public comment.
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