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COMMUNITY INVITED TO WEIGH IN ON NEW MAT-SU HEALTH FOUNDATION BUILDING

14-Sep-2016

Wasilla, Alaska — The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) is developing plans for a new building, and it wants input from the community. The new facility will be located on a parcel of land at the corner of Bogard and Crusey in Wasilla, directly next to where the foundation currently has its offices in the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center outpatient facility.

“This project is about more than building office space,” said MSHF Executive Director Elizabeth Ripley “It’s about building community and creating spaces that connect and unite people.”

The exact size and scope of the building will be determined through a discovery process that will include input from the public and key stakeholders. In addition to housing the MSHF staff, some ideas being considered for the new building include the following:

  • Meeting rooms for local residents and organizations.
  • Space for a Community Resource Center Network, where residents can seek support, information, and referral to local services.
  • Space for a Volunteer Hub where residents of all ages can get information on how to share their gifts with community organizations.
  • Creation of a “philanthropy hub” that may include space for non-profit organizations.
Community engagement meetings, open to the general public, will be held throughout the Valley during the week of October 3, 2016. All meetings are family-friendly and will feature refreshments and door prizes. Meeting dates and times are as follows:

Monday, October 3            6 – 8 pm Palmer Palmer Public Library
Tuesday, October 4           6 – 8 pm Willow United Methodist Church
Wednesday, October 5      6 – 8 pm Talkeetna Talkeetna Public Library
Thursday, October 6          6 – 8 pm Wasilla Menard Center
Friday, October 7               6 – 8 pm Sutton Sutton Public Library

The Mat-Su Health Foundation, which is part owner of Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, negotiated with the hospital to secure full title to the land where the building will be constructed, thus freeing up the offices that the MSHF currently occupies to be used as medical/clinical space. Architects Alaska has been retained to provide design services for the new building. Groundbreaking is expected in Spring 2017.

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About Mat-Su Health Foundation: Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) is the official business name of Valley Hospital Association, Inc., which shares ownership in Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. In this capacity, the MSHF board members and representatives actively participate in the governance of Mat-Su’s community hospital and protect the community’s interest in this important healthcare institution through board oversight. The MSHF invests its assets into charitable works that improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in Mat-Su. More information is available at www.healthymatsu.org.