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Bristol Bay Area Health Corp. opens new dental facility in Dillingham

New clinic will provide expanded care and improved services to the region


The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation's Kanakanak Hospital is shown in Dillingham with a red square on the map of the Bristol Bay Region. The new dental facility is located on the grounds of the hospital.

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DILLINGHAM, ALASKA – On Friday, Sept. 23, the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation (BBAHC) will unveil a new, state-of-the-art dental health facility and administrative complex in Dillingham. Located on the grounds of the Kanakanak Hospital, the facility is the newest building in the community and one of the few public dental clinics in the area, providing expanded dental care and improved health services to the Bristol Bay region.
BBAHC’s previous public dental clinic, owned by the Indian Health Service and operated by BBAHC, was split between Kanakanak Hospital and a small building on the same grounds. The new, two-story facility will feature 12 new dental chairs, all new digital equipment and additional space for administrative staff. BBAHC is working to fill new positions at the facility, including more dentists and ancillary staff.
“We are extremely proud to be improving access to dental care and expanding the reach of our services to the people of Bristol Bay,” said BBAHC President and CEO Robert Clark. “Not only will the facility fill a vital need in the community, it will provide quality jobs for residents, expanded care in the 28 villages we serve as well as help bolster the local economy.”
The Bristol Bay community has struggled with dental hygiene for years due to a lack of technicians who can provide proper care in the outlying villages, as well as overconsumption of food and beverages that are high in sugar, according to BBAHC. The expanded dental clinic staff will provide a greater opportunity for more frequent visits to outlying villages, where technicians will now be able to provide priority emergency assistance and examinations for entire families.
Several entities, including the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, were involved in the design process to ensure the facility meets all health and safety standards. The 15,531-square-foot building was designed using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a benchmark in green building, using reduced water and energy. All light fixtures are equipped with LED bulbs and the building systems can be controlled remotely to ensure maximum energy efficiency. Additionally, the foundation is built to withstand a 9.2-magnitude earthquake.
A public celebration will be held on Friday, Sept. 23 from 2-6 p.m. to commemorate the opening of the new facility. BBAHC invites the entire Bristol Bay community to attend the grand opening to tour the new facility and learn about the new services offered as well as enjoy a meal and live entertainment from local musicians. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2cHE4Ha.
About Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
The Bristol Bay area has a rich history of providing health care services to its many communities throughout the region. Formed by a consortium of the area’s local tribes, the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation (BBAHC) was founded in 1973 to provide comprehensive health care services to its 28 villages as well as the people and guests of Bristol Bay. In 1980, BBAHC assumed management of the Bristol Bay Service Unit and Kanakanak Hospital, the first tribal organization in the U.S. to do so under the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act. Today, BBAHC is the largest year-round Bristol Bay employer. For more information, visit BBAHC.org.

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