The Alaska-based Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Tribal Organisation, a administer of health care delivery, has hired Arcardis as the project and programme manager of its Dr. Paul John Calricaraq Project. The aim of the project is to develop a comprehensive primary health care clinic to support the region's 58 tribes, with a range of services – from traditional practices to today's forms of medicine and medical practices.
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) is a southwest Alaska-based Tribal Organization administer of health care delivery to 58 Tribal rural communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region. As part of the organisation’s services to the community, the Dr. Paul John Calricaraq Project was launched in 2014 to create a new primary care health clinic in the region, as well as renovate the existing hospital in Bethel.
The project, named after Paul John Calricaraq a Toksook Bay tribal leader and founding YKHC board member, aims to develop a new 206,000-square-foot primary care clinic and acute care nursing unit; while the renovation project will see the 1980s-era Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital – which stands at 85,500 square feet – renovated. In addition, a staffing quarters is being developed, which includes a 54-unit housing development.
The YKHC selected Arcadis, a built asset and sustainability engineering and consulting firm, as the project and programme manager for the $300 million development. The firm will support the YKHC realise its goal of integrating traditional practices focused on holistic healing with the facilities and techniques of the current period.
In addition to a range of new technologies inherent in the new building’s design, the project will bear a minimum of LEED-certified silver rating. The completed project involves a new inpatient clinic, labour and delivery clinic, six outpatient clinic areas, dental, behavioural health, lab, pharmacy and registration.
Justin Wright, Arcadis buildings sector president, says, “The Paul John Calricaraq Project will provide critical healthcare infrastructure for local residents in Bethel and Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region for generations to come. Arcadis is honored to bring our extensive healthcare experience to the project and we look forward to playing a role in the successful delivery of such a crucial project that will improve quality of life for this region.”
Dan Winkelman, the President & CEO of YKHC, reflects, “We are merging Paul John’s inspirational teachings and stories of traditional ways of healthy living with national best practices. Our new model of care will integrate our services around the customer’s needs and incorporate the region’s Yup’ik, Cup’ik, and Athabascan cultures.”