The addition to the Kodiak Community Health Center is just a couple months away from being complete, and with it will come expanded services. Executive Director Brenda Friend spoke at the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce lunch yesterday.
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Friend said that the target clientele is not exactly who people think of:
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She said those costs continue to rise at a faster rate than wages:
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Friend says about three-quarters of the staff at the Community Health Center is fluent in a second language, including Tagalog (T’goll-egg) and Spanish. She says the center is open seven days a week, including some evenings. Friend says even though the clinic is attached to the borough-owned Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center building, it is not affiliated with the hospital, even though they enjoy a good relationship with it.
She said the recent community health needs study showed 38-percent of people get their primary care in the PKIMC emergency room:
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The clinic has same-day appointments available each morning, and also offers well-child and well-woman care, immunizations and family planning.