YKHC will hold its annual Tribal Unity Gathering April 8–9, 2014 in Bethel at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center.
This year’s theme is “Tribal Health & Our Future,” looking at how we can best preserve, protect and sustain the great accomplishments made over the past 25 years, including new facilities, sanitation, programs, services and Native Self-Determination.
Each year, the Tribal Gathering brings representatives from YK Delta villages together to review recent accomplishments, learn about current issues relating to the Tribal healthcare system, and determine future priorities for improvement.
“As a tribal health organization, our customers are also our owners,” said President/CEO Dan Winkelman, “which makes the Gathering the most important event on our calendar for YKHC’s administrative leadership and Board of Directors.”
This will be the 21st Tribal Gathering. The event was initiated following YKHC’s contracting to operate the Indian Health Service’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital in the early 1990s. Over the past two decades the listing of priorities has resulted in the construction of five subregional health clinics, village medevac services, many culturally relevant health service programs, CT scan capacity at the hospital, improvements in outpatient services and, most recently, a new regional nursing home.
The public is invited to attend the Gathering, which begins at 8 a.m. April 8. YKHC sponsors two Tribal Council representatives from each village. For more information about the Gathering please call YKHC Public Relations 907-543-6038.