The commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services has turned down South Peninsula Hospital's application for a state Certificate of Need document necessary to launch Phase 2 of its $32.6 million expansion project.
Poverty levels in the Kenai Peninsula Borough are on par with state wide levels, according to information recently published by the Alaska Department of Labor. From 2006 to 2010, 9.5 percent of people in the borough were considered in poverty - the same level as the state, according to information in a report written by Department of Labor economist Alyssa Shanks.
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