Bethel welcomes new long-term care facility
The "Yukon Kuskokwim Elder's Home," a new Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation residential skilled nursing and long term care facility in Bethel, will accommodate up to 18 residents, providing vital care to clinically complex patients who require inpatient care for extended periods. The facility opened Oct. 1. Having a skilled nursing facility in Bethel will make it easier for some patients who require hospice to receive care closer to home, in a culturally appropriate context, and to not feel the isolation they may have experienced when leaving their village or region in the past, said YKHC Board Chair Ray Alstrom. Construction began in August of 2011 and was funded largely through state general fund appropriations. Total cost was $16.3 million. For more information, visit http://www.ykhc.org.