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Assembly to consider parcel for CPH

Posted: September 1, 2014 - 8:46pm  |  Updated: September 1, 2014 - 8:48pm

Central Peninsula Hospital is looking to acquire some land adjacent to its current campus.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will decide Tuesday whether to give the final stamp of approval to move forward with purchasing the parcel at its current assessed value of $134,300 plus no more than $1,500 in closing costs.

The property at 146 West Corral Avenue in Soldotna went up for sale in June and the CPH Board of Directors approved a resolution to purchase the property later in the same month. In August the borough Planning Commission passed a motion recommending the assembly approve the acquisition.

A one-story, 960-square foot home sits on the 0.31-acre parcel, which is located to the southeast of the main hospital building. It is zoned for limited commercial use, which according to the ordinance the assembly will consider, is appropriate for hospital-related uses.

Hospital CEO Rick Davis said as properties on West Corral Avenue have become available, the borough has been purchasing some of them for future expansion.

“We don’t make very good neighbors; we make a lot of noise,” Davis said about the hospital.

The last parcel purchased for hospital use on West Corral Avenue was in 2011, which contractors for the Specialty Clinics Building project are currently using.

The hospital doesn’t have any short-term plans for the parcel under consideration. However, it might be possible to use the house for meeting rooms or for additional space for project contractors, Davis said.

Marcus Mueller, borough land management officer, said the parcel owners agreed to sell the property at assessed value and a purchase agreement was drafted. However, property inspections following the draft revealed a water leak that caused about $22,000 in damages, according to a re-evaluation completed by the borough assessing department.

“Proceeding with the acquisition in its as-is condition based on the original price of the assessed value is recommended because the purpose of the acquisition is long-term hospital campus expansion,” Mueller said. “And that’s where the interest is in the acquisition over the particulars of property condition.”

According to the unapproved minutes from the Aug. 11 borough planning commission meeting, the question was raised about whether the property owners had flood insurance that would cover the water damage.

Mueller said he received notice Wednesday that the insurance company denied the insurance claim for the damage.

“If the hospital decides to tear down the structure and use the property for other purposes, then the water damage is really moot,” Mueller said. “If they were looking to renovate it into a medical office space then there might be some amount of cost that that would translate to during the renovations.”

The CPH Plant Replacement and Expansion Fund is the proposed funding source, with no hospital service area tax funds proposed as a contributor.

Communications about the possible purchase of the property began in April 2013, but according to a letter from Davis to Mueller, owners decided not to sell the property at that time.

In the Envision Soldotna 2030 Comprehensive Plan, the property is within the proposed healthcare overlay district. The overlay identifies areas for the healthcare industry to expand and provides for more certainty and guidance in future development as well as residential protection areas, according to the plan.

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kearbear 09/02/14 - 09:32 pm
Issue the transfer agreement

The Surgery Center of Kenai is an up and running clinic serving the pent up demand for outpatient access to surgeries in a calm and out patient setting. CPH refuses to issue a transfer agreement. A transfer agreement provides a safety net and is a matter of professional courtesy. Medicare/Medicaid/TriCare cannot be billed for services provided until a transfer agreement is issued. Until that professional courtesy is completed Seniors and Veterans are being treated as second class users of healthcare services in the area. Stop acquiring land when expert and qualified Surgeons, who have invested heavily in the community, are treated so poorly. Start putting patients and community members first. The optimal health and well-being of the patient should be the principal goal of CPH. Keep residents in the area to have their procedures done. Stop forcing people to travel to Anchorage, Seattle, Oregon. Diversify and support all the healthcare providers in the community.

CEO Davis said he doesn’t see any benefits for CPH in a transfer agreement with the surgery center.
“We’re really just focused on running the hospital here and making sure that we stay successful,” Davis said.

Suss 09/03/14 - 04:59 am
Dr. Rev. Ambassador Bearup

Maybe Bearup could fix everything with all of his financial


Anyone have the list of stockholders at SCK?

See you all at the Joint-Chamber luncheon today.

kearbear 09/02/14 - 08:31 pm
Professional Courtesy

The surgeons of the Surgery Center of Kenai have invested $1.4 million in the community. They currently serve the needs of all those in need of their services with the exception of those covered by Medicare/Medicaid/TriCare. In order to serve the needs of those members of the population, The CPH must issue a transfer agreement. A transfer agreement is an agreement that is a professional courtesy and is necessary to bill Medicare/Medicaid/TriCare. Without the transfer agreement this very large segment of the population cannot particpate fully in their healthcare decision making process. They cannot have their procedures done at the facility of their choice by the Surgeon of their choice. This issue must be resolved. It is reckless endangerment of the members of the community to deny them access to the treatment and procedures of their choice at the facility of their choice. Issue the transfer agreement. Stop harming the community.

kearbear 09/03/14 - 06:32 am
Assembly Meeting

At the Assembly Meeting tonight, the Assembly approved the purchase of this property for future growth and needs of the Central Peninsula Hospital. The Assembly projects increased growth of population and the needs of a growing population for healthcare providers. At the same time, they need to impress upon the Hospital Board to begin putting the needs of the community first and stop harming the community by not issuing a transfer agreement to the Surgery Center of Kenai that is already established here and in the present and ready to meet the needs of the current population. Stop forcing people on Medicare/Medicaid/Tricare to travel to Anchorage and Seattle for treatment that they could receive in Kenai if the transfer agreement were issued.

jford 09/03/14 - 01:19 am
kearbear, that prattle has nothing to do with the article,

just because your husband is playacting like he's some kind of a fancy pants 'political operative', (really only playing the setup man, shilling for a carpetbagging grifter's scam to gain himself some public funds), doesn't mean you should be attempting to run a shadow campaign plastering the grifter's trumped up campaign bullet points all over every newspaper article regardless of it's content.

Believe it or not, there are some in the community who aren't under any delusions despite you and a few [filtered word]s trying to create division in the community through your trumped up non-existent catastrophic sounding myths and imaginary terrors.

What's the campaign motto again?

Run in circles, scream and shout, ……(that's it, isn't it...)

No thanks.

We heard you. We just reject it as nonsense.

The community doesn't need your manic paranoia. Your trumped up mythical catastrophes.

The sky isn't falling.

The grifter Bearup is an irrelevant footnote.

The gig's up, neither Bearup nor his supporters will be scamming their way into public office.

Back to the drawing board, you all need a new scheme. This one has been exposed.

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