Central Peninsula General Hospital looks to expand after months of planning with community

Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2001

Jerome Seigfreid, Administrator for Central Peninsula General Hospital (CPGH), and Diana Zirul, Chairman of the CPGH Board, discussed expansion options presently being studied by the Hospital. CPGH Inc., has spent the last 18 months developing planning documents from input of community members, physicians, and local community leaders. According to Seigfreid, the Central Peninsula has an opposite scenario from the rest of the country.

"Else where large facilities are downsizing, and here we are bursting at the seams," Seigfreid told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce last week. Several plans are being considered, one which would add to the present facility in Soldotna, and the other which would be built in Kenai and require purchasing 10 acres of land. When asked where the Kenai facility might be located Seigfreid replied that presently they had no idea, but that the location of the new clinic was not large enough to provide adequate parking for a new facility.

The price tag for the expansion is estimated to be in excess of $60 million depending on which option is selected for the expansion. According to Diana Zirul the project would be financed through Borough bonding, but repaid with Hospital revenues. Community input is still being sought. For further details or to schedule presentations contact Bonnie Nichols or Dawn Robinson at 262-8129. CPGH is actively urging response to query.

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