YKHC begins new contract with TriWest Healthcare

Story by – YKHC Public Relations

January 17, 2012 - 2 minutes read
TriWest Healthcare's President and CEO Dave McIntyre (right), congratulates YKHC's President and CEO Gene Peltola after signing a contract that will provide services to regional veterans and other military personnel within our service area. — Photo by Rhonda Vanover

YKHC has signed a new contract with TriWest, providing healthcare services to our regional veterans and other military personnel within our service area. In particular, the contract signing will benefit our village clinics and behavioral health services.

“We are so pleased that YKHC has agreed to be in the TriCare Provider Network and meet the needs of those serving in this region of Alaska, and their families. We have been impressed at the quality of their care and customer service focus. As a result, we are confident that the people of this region will be very well served,” said David McIntyre, President and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance.

Gene Peltola, President and CEO of YKHC said, “This contract is a great opportunity, giving better access to benefits for our veterans and servicemen/women. In the more recent past, the closest facility for veterans to receive healthcare, or to get help with their benefits, was in Anchorage.”

“YKHC and TriWest Healthcare are sending a very clear message that everyone is looking out for the military personnel needs, receiving the necessary care they are required to have,” said Major General Tom Katkus.

YKHC is one of the largest employers in the region with an estimated 1,500 employees, managing a comprehensive health care system on behalf of 58 federally recognized Tribes for 50 rural communities in southwest Alaska. The system includes community clinics, subregional clinics, a regional hospital, dental and optical services, mental health services, substance abuse counseling and treatment, health promotion and disease prevention programs, as well as environmental health services.