Bartlett Regional Hospital and Wildflower Court announce merger

    Wildflower Court courtesy of Wildflower Court's website.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Wildflower Court (WFC) Board of Directors has selected Bartlett Regional Hospital (Bartlett) to assume its operations.

    The merger was announced Thursday.

    Erin Hardin, Director of Marketing & Communications for Bartlett, spoke to the merger's process. She said WFC first approached Bartlett in early November about the opportunity to assume its operations.

    "So the Wildflower Court Board of Directors and their Interim Administrator reached out to our CEO to seek our interest in possibly pursuing a merger and assuming operations over Wildflower Court back in early November. We submitted a response to a request for information, where they asked a number of questions about our organization. And then the board, it's our understanding, reviewed that information and ultimately decided that Bartlett was the best fit to assume operations. We are excited to share that with the community this week, and put together a transition team that'll involve staff from both entities to start looking at some of those next steps."

    Hardin commented on some of the ways Bartlett will add services to WFC.

    "Growing our service lines to meet the needs of the Southeast Alaska community and particularly in the post-acute care service area. We are working to start up both home, health, and hospice services. As you may know, those services had stopped earlier this year in the community through Catholic Community Services. So the hospital is anxious to restart those very much needed services. Integrating Wildflower Court comes at a really opportune time to help round out that post-acute care service line. We can look at focusing on not just home health and not just hospice and not just a nursing home, but all three together and how those complement each other. Also how they can be further complemented by being done under a Bartlett umbrella because we are physically attached to Wildflower Court. Now, there are a lot of additional services that we can help offer to the residents and staff."

    She also added that Bartlett is excited to team up with WFC.

    "Then we hope to also learn from Wildflower Court and their high quality care that they provide and be able to do cross training as well for our staff. They have a lot to offer and teach our organization as well."

    Robert Rang, WFC Interim Administrator also shared.

    "These last few years have been challenging. After much deliberation and careful consideration, a decision to join a larger organization was deemed appropriate. Bartlett was a natural choice as we are co-located and share community values and core strengths. We are excited to know the high quality of care that WFC is known for will continue."

    A transition team encompassing leadership and staff from both organizations will be established to determine a transition plan and timeline.

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