June 16, 2015
Note to residents and
families of residents of Alaska Pioneer Homes:
As you may have heard, some participants at the Fairbanks fiscal sustainability conference suggested that DHSS contract for a feasibility study to determine if cost savings could be achieved through privatization of the Pioneer Homes. This was just one of many cost-saving ideas suggested at the gathering.
While we are considering issuing a Request for Proposal for a feasibility study, I want to assure all Pioneer Homes residents and families of residents that services for elders continue to be a priority for this administration.
As you know, the Alaska Pioneer Homes have a proud history of providing safe and compassionate care to our elders. Though establishing high value and creating efficiency is absolutely necessary in these challenging fiscal times, Governor Walker and I agree that saving money is not the only criterion to be considered when it comes to fulfilling the mission of the Alaska Pioneer Homes.
I would like to invite you to weigh in on this process as we seek to find ways to gain efficiency and reduce costs. I will keep you updated as the process moves forward. In the coming months, please send comments and suggestions to Vickie Wilson, the Acting Director for the Alaska Pioneer Homes, at Vickie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Quyana (thank you)
Valerie Davidson, Commissioner