Alaska Regional Hospital Opens Community Health Clinic in Mountain View
Clinic’s goal is to serve a population whose healthcare needs are not being met
December 15, 2016, Anchorage, Alaska - Alaska Regional Hospital has opened its newest clinic in Mountain View. Named the Alaska Regional Community Health Clinic, it provides easily accessible primary care services for people who live and work in the area.
“It is about better serving all of our community. Opening this clinic enables us to assist a population whose healthcare needs have not been met,” says Julie Taylor, CEO of Alaska Regional Hospital. “This is an important step forward toward reducing the use of emergency rooms for services that could be provided in a physician office or clinic.”
In 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services released a study that showed the Mountain View area had a disproportionate number of Medicaid recipients using local emergency rooms for non-emergent health needs. In fact, many area residents have sought primary care services in Alaska Regional Hospital’s emergency department.
Taylor says this clinic is about community service and cost containment. “Opening a healthcare clinic in this neighborhood has been a dream for many people for many years, and we are proud to be able to support the health and wellness of an important and growing community.”
The new clinic, which is open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., offers services ranging from newborn exams to well-child visits to geriatric care, and treats routine illnesses as well as providing preventive care.
The building that houses the clinic is owned by The Anchorage Community Land Trust (ACLT), a non-profit in Mountain View with a mission to develop healthy and prosperous neighborhoods through sustainable revitalization and economic development. ACLT purchased the building in 2011, and worked with the neighborhood to determine priorities for the space. In 2012, the community identified healthcare as the main priority for commercial growth in the neighborhood. ACLT partnered with Alaska Regional Hospital to renovate the former pawn shop into the new health care clinic that exists today.