Construction work is just about
complete on the Kodiak Community Health
Center addition on the grounds of Providence Kodiak Island Medical
Center. KCHC is expected
to begin moving into the new facility within the week and have it fully
operational just in time for National Community Health Center Week in August.
Erik Wander has more.
After about a year of construction,
workers from Brechen Enterprises are putting the finishing touches on the Kodiak Community
addition and parking lot this week. KCHC executive director Brenda Friend
anticipates receiving a certificate of occupancy within a week and beginning
the process of moving after that. She said that process will be conducted in
1 40 sec. "We're spread out all over ... more
all of the health center's operations consolidated under one roof and the
expanded space it will provide, including an increase from four exam rooms to
nine, Friend said KCHC will offer better productivity, customer service and
care for the un-insured and under-insured patients it serves.
2 45 sec. "A lot of our delays with ... need to see your doctor today.")
center currently has just two full-time and one part-time physician. Along with
the additional space, additional staff and expanded hours will come additional medical
services and advantages for patients.
3 23 sec. "I have a couple of full-time ... have
insurance or not.")
said she expects the entire moving-in process to take a couple of months. She
said she has set the first week of August, which is National Community Health
Center Week, as her goal of being fully operational. She believes Kodiak is lucky
to have a community health center and said support from the community is
4 45 sec. "We're very fortunate ... into the
20th century in Kodiak.")
said the roughly 6-million dollar project was funded by a combination of grants
and private sources. KCHC, which offers primary and preventive health services,
is open seven days a week, including four evenings a week after moving into the
new facility. KCHC sees between 5-thousand and 7-thousand patients per year. Construction
on the new facility began in May of 2008.