SEARHC strengthens health care on Prince of Wales Island

Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2010

On Jan. 19, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will dedicate a freshly renovated and expanded Hydaburg Health Center that has a staff of six employees, including two midlevel practitioners and two community health aide/practitioners, and an annual budget of $425,000.

SEARHC has been expanding other clinics as well. Partly due to a Health Resources and Services Administration grant, SEARHC opened doors to other funding sources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Denali Commission, Rasmuson Foundation and other sources. These new funding opportunities allowed SEARHC to add several new departments to the health offerings on Prince of Wales. Optometry and exercise treadmill services will be added in the near future. These funds also provided SEARHC an opportunity to add midlevel care in Hydaburg, Kasaan and Thorne Bay. Additional funding allowed SEARHC to renovate or build new clinics in Hydaburg, Kasaan and Klawock to make these facilities state of the art.

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