Fairbanks hospital plans expansion

Officials at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital are considering improvements that could nearly double the size of the facility in the next 15 to 20 years.

Work on the master site plan was completed this fall, and hospital leaders were prioritizing a list of possible projects, according to Jon Lundquist, assistant administrator for plant operations and support.

"We have been setting priorities on what we can accomplish next year," he said.

Next the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation will review the prioritized list, he said. The foundation, which owns the hospital facilities and leases them to Banner Health System, would approve funds for any construction, Lundquist said.

Foundation members were due to review the plan in late November, he said.

"I think this type of planning is integral to what we do here and is necessary for the future," he said.

The current hospital building totals 500,000 square feet. But if the entire project is completed as proposed, Fairbanks Memorial could expand to measure 926,000 square feet, Lundquist said.

He said it was too soon to note all the priorities. Some projects are needed to make room for subsequent work.

"Certainly some areas are higher on our priority list," Lundquist said.

Hospital officials are considering which projects and preliminary work could be tackled early next year and in summer.

11/12/2016 - 4:12pm