addition to the Kodiak Community Health Center is just a couple months away
from being complete, and with it will come expanded services. Executive
Director Brenda Friend spoke at the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce lunch yesterday.
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are growing rapidly ... a lot more costly.")
that the target clientele is not exactly who people think of:
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you think of the ... for your employees.")
those costs continue to rise at a faster rate than wages:
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health coverage ... that employees are feeling.")
about three-quarters of the staff at the Community Health Center is fluent in a
second language, including Tagalog (T'goll-egg) and Spanish. She says the
center is open seven days a week, including some evenings. Friend says even
though the clinic is attached to the borough-owned Providence Kodiak Island
Medical Center building, it is not affiliated with the hospital, even though they
enjoy a good relationship with it.
the recent community health needs study showed 38-percent of people get their
primary care in the PKIMC emergency room:
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a pretty significant ... actually helping them.")
has same-day appointments available each morning, and also offers well-child
and well-woman care, immunizations and family planning.