YKHCYukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (Bethel, Alaska)
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Jessee and UAA offered YKHC an alternative solution.
YKHC is just one rural provider on which the university is keeping a close eye in order to understand the staffing needs of local communities.
Pilot Point water plant operators immediately contacted YKHC's lead remote maintenance worker, Alan Paukan.
Brian Lefferts, director of YKHC's Office of Environmental Health and Engineering, contacted Utility Construction Management Company, (UCMC), Bellevue, WA, to discuss options for replacing the pipe.
This hospital is the only one serving the 25,000 persons in the YKHC, which is a tribal health corporation that operates a comprehensive system of care in the region for Alaska Natives, including hospital and village-based clinics.
YKHC, based in Bethel, is the primary healthcare provider in Alaska's Yukon-Kus-kokwim Delta region and operates a fifty-bed regional hospital featuring a pediatric and an obstetric ward, community clinics, behavioral health services, health promotion, and disease prevention programs, as well as dental services and environmental health services.
The biggest challenge in delivering prenatal and pregnancy care, according to Ellen Hodges, MD, chief of staff at YKHC for ten years, is the remote location of pregnant patients and getting them needed and necessary care in Bethel.
According to project documents, "YKHC President and CEO Dan Winkelman mandated the inclusive cultural identity and values for the project."
A wide cross-section of people representing YKHC, including Winkelman, the Executive Board, staff, and customers determined the project's scope and direction in line with the YKHC mission: "Working together to achieve excellent health."
For example, Bach really believes in the prevention measures that YKHC can provide.
YKHC is undertaking several building projects to enhance housing in the city.
Currently YKHC, with 48 clinics serving 56 communities, looks forward to getting telemedicine into all its villages.