Atmautluak celebrated the opening of its new clinic May 9, with YKHC leadership, board members and well-wishers attending the ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
The renovation and addition for the Martha Al’aq Pavilla Memorial Clinic was labeled a “miracle project” among YKHC staff. It was the first time village health aides had to relocate to temporary quarters to operate while the existing clinic was being renovated. Without the partnership, cooperation, patience, and hard work between YKHC, Atmautluak Tribal Council (ATC), Atmautluak Moravian Church, and Atmautluak Limited, this project would not have been possible.
It began as a response to a failing foundation. As heavy fall rains saturated the ground, the foundation became unstable and the clinic was on the verge of falling off of its foundation. In 2011, the ATC and YKHC secured an emergency Imminent Threat ICDBG grant from HUD to lift the clinic onto a piling foundation from its sinking post and pad foundation. The grant was also used to fix the stair and ramp to make the clinic handicap accessible again.
The community and YKHC recognized the need to enlarge the clinic and so $600,000 was sought from HUD ICDBG for an addition. The Indian Health Service also provided $115,490 for medical equipment. and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority contributed $50,000 for the behavioral health addition and video teleconference equipment.
Funds for the renovation were still lacking, but with leftover Denali Commission funding from another clinic construction project, YKHC was able to reallocate funding to provide for the deficit. On April 25, 2014, the Atmautluak Health Aides were able to move into their new and upgraded facility.
YKHC would like to thank ATC, Atmautluak Moravian Church, Atmautluak Limited, and the Community of Atmautluak, for working hard to successfully manage and complete the new 2,353 sq. ft. state-of-the-art clinic. Contratulations, Atmautluak!