Wed. Feb 1st, 2023

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – The upcoming closure of a senior well being care clinic in Anchorage got here as a shock to lots of the clinic’s sufferers, a lot of whom depend on well being care from suppliers who settle for Medicare.

Jeanne L., who requested to not have her final identify used, heard the information final week whereas having lunch along with her sister-in-law.

“In dialog, passing, she goes, ‘Oh, do you know that Alaska Regional Senior Heart is closing?’ and I stated, I don’t imagine. How may they try this?” Jeanne stated.

“I can’t, I can’t put it in phrases,” Jeanne stated, as she described her state of disbelief.

Jeanne has been a affected person on the Alaska Regional Senior Well being Clinic since 2020. However beginning Feb. 28, Jeanne and lots of of others might want to discover a new main care supplier.

The hospital stated they started the method of mailing letters to tell sufferers final week, however Jeanne stated she hasn’t acquired one.

In keeping with the hospital, the closure is because of a scarcity of staffing.

“We now have been unable to maintain key positions crammed on the clinic and right now, we will not preserve clinic operations,” a press release from Alaska Regional Hospital stated.

The sudden closure is catching many sufferers abruptly.

“If I haven’t had the dialog with my sister, I might know nothing proper now,” Jeanne stated.

The dearth of obtainable info led Jeanne to seek for solutions on her personal.

On Monday, Jeanne went to the clinic to see if there was a big signal indicating that they have been closing on the finish of subsequent month — she noticed none. When she requested the receptionist on the clinic, she was handed a letter dated Dec. 28 that knowledgeable her the clinic can be closing on the finish of February.

The receptionist did present Jeannie with a listing of three different Anchorage suppliers that settle for Medicare. Nevertheless, whereas calling different locations, she found wait time to see a physician was a number of months out.

“It might be March, April, or June relying on which one I select, relying if I made an appointment that day,” Jeanne stated.

Now, Jeanne says, she is confronted with a restricted time to discover a new well being care supplier.

“It’s such a disappointment that we don’t have the safety of primary well being accessible with out having to leap via so many hoops,” she stated.

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