Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation

Gene Geisler. Courtesy of LinkedIn.

Gene Geisler. Courtesy of LinkedIn.

A former computer network manager at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is accused of possessing and distributing vast amounts of child pornography. An Anchorage grand jury on Wednesday indicted 38-year-old Gene Geisler on 76 counts of child pornography possession and distribution.

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LKSD district logo. Courtesy of LKSD

LKSD district logo. Courtesy of LKSD

After two years in the works the Lower Kuskokwim School District says a student clinic should open this fall. It comes after several failed attempts to open the clinic over the last year due to logistical issues.

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YKHC consists of a regional hospital in Bethel, nine regional facilities and 47 village clinics. The corporation employs around 1,500 people and has an annual payroll of 70 million dollars.

YKHC’s hospital in Bethel. Photo Courtesy of YKHC.

There’s been a big decrease in the number of gonorrhea cases in Southwest Alaska over the past five years, according to the state Department of Health. It comes after local doctors tried a new strategy, called expedited partner therapy.

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New PATC Rises Again

by Ben Matheson on July 22, 2015

Kris Manke walks through the new PATC. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Kris Manke walks through the new PATC. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The skeleton of the new Phillips Ayagnirvik Treatment Center, PATC, is coming up quickly and aims to be closed in for a winter of work. Kris Manke is Director of Construction for the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, which is leading up the project. He says about 15 crew members are working now, including close to 70 percent local Alaska Native hires.

“We do all of our own electrical, mechanical, framing, siding, we self perform all of that,” said Manke. Read more →

At a press conference in the Capitol, March 17, 2015, Gov. Bill Walker, I-Alaska, announces the introduction of a bill that would overhaul and expand Medicaid. Photo by Skip Gray/360 North

At a press conference in the Capitol, March 17, 2015, Gov. Bill Walker, I-Alaska, announces the introduction of a bill that would overhaul and expand Medicaid. Photo by Skip Gray/360 North

Alaska Governor Bill Walker made the announcement that he would be moving ahead with Medicaid expansion at the Alaska Native Tribal Healthcare Consortium in Anchorage, Thursday. He made the expansion by executive order.

“This is the final, this option for me. I’ve tried everything else. And one thing people have to learn about me, I never give up and I won’t give up, and it’s good for Alaskans,” said Walker.
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Black tar heroin is one form of the narcotic that's reached rural Alaska. Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Black tar heroin is one form of the narcotic that’s reached rural Alaska. Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Federal officials say in 2014 they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska than in 2013. The growing use of the drug is impacting urban and rural areas. This is the first in a series of three stories about the impacts of heroin in Bethel and how the community is fighting it. It begins with one woman’s struggle to get clean in Bethel.

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YKHC consists of a regional hospital in Bethel, nine regional facilities and 47 village clinics. The corporation employs around 1,500 people and has an annual payroll of 70 million dollars.

YKHC consists of a regional hospital in Bethel, 9 regional facilities and 47 village clinics. The corporation employs around 1,500 people and has an annual payroll of 70 million dollars.

A bill that would transfer federal land to the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel passed out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Wednesday.
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An artist's rendering of the proposed YKHC expansion. Courtesy YKHC.

An artist’s rendering of the proposed YKHC expansion. Courtesy of YKHC.

While still in the planning stage, the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is working towards a new building. They say the current facility, which serves people from 58 YK Delta communities needs to be updated and needs more room to keep up with a growing population. They are planning to create a new 250-million dollar health care center in Bethel.

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The thief broke off the ivory loon and left behind the wooden frame. Photo by Charles Enoch

The thief broke off the ivory loon and left behind the wooden frame. Photo by Charles Enoch / KYUK

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is offering a reward for information that helps find thirteen pieces of Yup’ik artwork that were stolen from display cases.

Newton Chase is YKHC’s Vice President of Support Services. He says the items were taken from the Administrative Building, just across the street from the main hospital.
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The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation Hospital in Bethel, Alaska. - Courtesy of YKHC

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska. – Courtesy of YKHC

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is working towards a 250 million dollar project that would build a new clinic connected to the hospital. It would be double the size of the current hospital, which itself would be renovated. YKHC President and CEO Dan Winkelman says the region needs more services for the long term.
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