An executive with years of experience in Alaska, Charles Clement is a former vice president and chief operating officer of Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage. Charles Clement leverages his experience to serve as president and CEO of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), which has announced a new partnership with Wrangell Medical Center (WMC).
In a new affiliation designed to promote quality health care for residents of the City and Borough of Wrangell (CBW), SEARHC will take over operations and legal responsibility of WMC and lease it from CBW. SEARHC also plans to build a new campus next to Alaska Island Community Services Medical Clinic. Scheduled to be completed in four years, the new campus will include a long-term care facility and a critical access hospital.
The new affiliation agreement is the result of a three-day process in April 2018, when representatives from SEARHC, WMC, and CBW met with community stakeholders to discuss the plan to create a combined health care system. SEARHC and WMC are well positioned to work together to ensure a seamless transfer of operations and improve the quality of care for Wrangell residents.