Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation

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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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 Hospital – Bethel, AK.

The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation received good news this week for the prospect of building a new clinic and renovating the hospital. Last year YKHC submitted a proposal to the Indian Health Service for their joint venture construction program to build a new outpatient clinic and renovate the hospital.
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Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

Three Bethel buildings were broken into over the weekend: the Association of Village Council Presidents, Grant Aviation and the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation were all hit according to the Bethel Police Department.

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NWS_Logo National Weather ServiceY-K Delta Coastal communities are bracing for a storm predicted to hit over the weekend.
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The window art at the new YKHC Prematernal Home in Bethel. Photo by Daysha Eaton

A facility that has lowered infant and mother morbidity rates in the Y-K Delta has a new home. Bethel’s Prematernal Home has moved to a new building along the Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. The new Home is three times the size of the old one and has improved amenities for the region’s expectant mothers during the final stage of pregnancy.
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A fire burned an alcohol treatment facility in Bethel Monday night. Photo by Dean Swope

A fire burned an alcohol treatment facility under construction in Bethel Monday night. Photo by Dean Swope

Officials are investigating a large fire in Bethel that started just after 8 o’clock Monday night, behind the Bethel post office. The Fire destroyed an alcohol treatment center under construction by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

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