Mat-Su Regional Medical Center
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Mat-Su Regional Medical Center is a 74-bed general hospital in the U.S. state of Alaska owned by Community Health Systems (CHS). Located between Palmer and Wasilla, it is the principal hospital for the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Built at a cost of $87,700,000 to replace the aging Valley Hospital, the hospital began construction in spring 2004 and opened on January 27, 2006. The three-story, 197,690 square feet (18,366 m) facility contains fifty medical/surgical beds and eight each of intensive care, progressive care, and obstetric beds, all in private rooms. There are four operating rooms, plus a fifth designated for Caesarean sections. The unfinished third floor provides room for a sixth operating room and 52 more general beds. In 2008, Alaskan governor, and future Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin gave birth at Mat-Su Regional.