Health Care Overview and History

In October 1997, Ketchikan Indian Corporation (KIC) negotiated with the Indian Health Service under a PL 93-638 Title I Compact, to provide health care services in Ketchikan, Alaska excluding the Organized Village of Saxman residents.  The following year KIC  negotiated a Title III Compact to include Saxman residents. Currently the KIC Tribal Health Clinic operates under a Title V Compact. The Council has an eight-member committee that recommends policy, long-term goals, and program expansion that meets monthly. Membership includes both Ketchikan and Saxman IRA Council representatives, three KIC At-Large members and one Saxman At-Large member.

Since assuming the health care services, the Clinic has seen many positive changes, including patient visit increase, construction of a new freestanding, ambulatory health facility (April 2000), increased funding through grant resources  and expanded services, including a diabetes program, optometry, and lab services.

The Clinic has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) since November 2002. The Tribe has a successful Safety Program that ensures compliance with OSHA, NFPA, and other regulatory agencies.

 

Services Provided

The Clinic provides acute and chronic medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, and behavioral health services.  In addition, we offer essential preventive services such as cancer screening, TB screening, diabetes screening, prenatal care, and health education.  The Clinic maintains contact and acts in liaison capacity between Alaska Area Native Health Service, South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium, and Ketchikan General Hospital who provides Contract Health Services to our beneficiaries as well as the U. S. Coast Guard, private health providers, and other community agencies, such as, community mental health facilities, substance abuse services, and elder care services to facilitate referrals and community education.

The management philosophy has encouraged employees to assist in the development of quality outcomes that impact strategic, operational work plans, priorities, and the work environment. The Tribe strives to find the very best staff, while focusing on those individuals that bring a sense of compassion, service teamwork, and respect for patients and fellow employees.

Health Clinic

The Clinic provides acute and chronic medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, and behavioral health services.

Dental Clinic

The dental clinic offers professional and compassionate dental care to the native beneficiaries of Ketchikan

Behavioral Health

The Behavioral Health Department guides individuals and families through complex issues and choices. 

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The management philosophy has encouraged employees to assist in the development of quality outcomes that impact strategic, operational work plans, priorities, and the work environment.