CORDOVA, Alaska – A recent story by KTVA.com, provided misleading statements in its report. The Cordova Community Medical Center will not be closing at the end of June as described in the story published yesterday, May 15, 2018.
Alaska Communications System (ACS) provides telephone and internet services to CCMC allowing for telemedicine to be practiced in our rural community. This service is not only essential but also expensive. ACS charges CCMC $80,000 per month for telecommunications infrastructure.
While this is a steep price to pay, CCMC is assisted with this monthly cost of doing business by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC through the Universal Services Administration Company funds four telecom assistance programs. As a consumer – you should see on all your telecom bills a service charge for USAC or Universal Services; these charges are what make up the funding pie for the USAC programs.
One of USAC’s programs is the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program which supports health care facilities in bringing world class medical services to rural areas through increased connectivity. A similar program exists to provide telecommunication services to rural libraries and schools. The RHC program provides up to $400 million annually in reduced rates for broadband and telecom services.
Scot Mitchell, CEO for the Cordova Community Medical Center was recently interviewed by KTVA and the Alaska Journal of Commerce regarding Medicaid funding issues at the State level and in addition brought forward the Alaska Communications issue.
CCMC is current and up to date with their portion of the payments due to ACS. CCMC pays $1000 (our share) of the telecom cost to ACS; the FCC is responsible for paying the balance of this monthly bill from the USAC funds.
The City of Cordova and CCMC have been working behind the scenes for months to look at alternatives for this important service yet manage costs. Some possible solutions in lowering telecom costs include utilizing another provider or creating a consortium as the Cordova Public Library and Cordova School District have done.
It is most important the community understand the CEO did not comment about CCMC closing in June. It is also important to make sure you know the correct facts by contacting community leadership – Council Members, Mayor, City Manager or CEO of the Hospital.
The following ordinance was adopted by the City Council on April 4, 2018:
An ordinance of the City Council of the City of Cordova, Alaska, authorizing the sale and conveyance of A.S.L.S. 2001-5 according to the Plat number 2006-9 to the Prince William Sound Science and Technology Institute, for $50,000.
Mayor Koplin and the City Council are soliciting letters of interest for the following City Board & Commission vacancies:
Letters will be accepted through May 29, 2018 appointments to be made at the June 6, 2018 Regular City Council meeting