Community Health Center held its grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on
Friday. Construction work was completed this summer, and the doctors and staff
moved in last month.
Brenda Friend is the executive director of the Kodiak
-- (Clinic 1 29 sec "We're
very excited ... we're all about.")
had operated out of a portion of the attached Providence Kodiak Island Medical
Center, but several years ago the center's board embarked on an expansion
campaign that was celebrated on Friday. The clinic accepts all insurance, as
well as Medicaid and Medicare, and has a sliding scale for those who are
uninsured or under-insured.
up in Kodiak, and said there was a time when she could have used a clinic such
-- (Clinic 2 44 sec "You
know unfortunately ... we take care of our own.")
funder of the new clinic construction was the Denali Commission. Nancy Merriman
is the health facilities program manager for the commission, and was in town
for the opening:
-- (Clinic 3 20 sec "I
think it's beautiful ... really tremendous facility.")
no stranger to Kodiak - she worked here for KANA in the mid-90s.
Roberts, one of the five doctors on staff at the Kodiak C-H-C, has worked there
for about a year:
-- (Clinic 4 44 sec "Yeah,
you know I saw ... but it's for anybody.")
Community Health Center specializes in all areas of family practice, women's
health, pediatrics, and diabetes treatment, among its other programs. It is
open seven days a week, including evening hours, and it also has what they call
"Quick Sick" same-day appointments. The clinic also has Spanish and Tagalog translators on staff.