The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium recently opened a new clinic on Prince of Wales Island.
The Kasaan clinic is a prototype “micro clinic” designed for communities with small year-round populations. The clinic construction cost about $1.8 million, with funding from the Denali Commission, SEARHC, the Organized Village of Kasaan, and the Indian Health Service Tribal Equipment fund.
The new 1,000 square foot clinic replaces the 250-foot facility, which was too small for gurneys or stretchers, storage or a provider office.
According to SEARHC, the new space has two exam rooms, one equipped for dental care; a locked lab and pharmacy space, an office, a covered ambulance bay, and is equipped for telemedicine. It also will cost less to operate, because it was built to maximize energy efficiency.