Lecia Scotford or the growth of a healthcare professional? Hundreds of millions of dollars in construction spending is being invested in healthcare facilities around the state, most of it in Anchorage and the Mat-Su, though a new dental facility was recently completed in Dillingham. Dillingham Home to New Dental Facility Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, or BBAHC, in September opened doors to a new, state-of-the-art dental health facility and administrative complex in Dillingham. The facility is located on the grounds of the Kanakanak Hospital and will serve the region. The dental clinic project can be attributed to BBAHC Chief Operating Officer Lecia Scotford, MD, as well as her talented projects department team.
The project took two years from beginning to end. The business plan was created during the summer of 2014 and was approved that fall. The team broke ground in June 2015. The building was completed and operational in September 2016. The building design was a partnership between BBAHC, architectural firm Livingston Sloan, and its engineering consultant teams as well as initial assistance from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The 15,531-square-foot, two-story building meets the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, meaning it uses less water and energy in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Much of the money went toward new boilers, air-handling units, three generators, and a twenty-thousand-gallon fuel tank, Miller says, “so we have redundancy in the case of an emergency or power outage.” Making infrastructure repairs to a busy hospital is a challenge, she says, but it was necessary both to be compatible with new industry standards for backup power and because some of the machinery was out – dated and in need of replacement. “We often refer to it as making repairs on your car while it’s going down the road— and still maintaining the safety of those individuals riding in the vehicles,” she says. Power must be switched over to test gen – erators, which is possibly the most difficult aspect of the construction job, considering many patients are on respirators or moni – tors that are connected to power. Miller says employees and administration pick a time of day that is well staffed and generally calm to test or connect the new equipment.
Contractors who specialize in hospital equipment largely did the equipment and in – frastructure upgrades, Miller says. National construction contractor Layton Construc – tion Company completed the emergency BBAHC President and CEO Robert Clark and board members surround board Chair H. Sally Smith and First Vice Chair Mark E. Angasan as they cut the ceremonial ribbon, signifying the official opening of the new dental health facility in Dillingham. Photo by Brian Adams BUILDING ALASKA SPECIAL SECTION 72 Alaska Business Monthly
Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation P.O. Box130 Dillingham, Alaska 99576 Dr. Lecia Scotford, MD, MHA; email@example.com Executive Vice-President and Chief Operations Officer Testimony for the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs regarding H.R. 4289 May 18, 2016 The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation (BBAHC) is pleased to appear before this Subcommittee in support of H.R. 4289, legislation introduced by Representative Don Young which would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to transfer certain Indian Health Service (IHS) property to BBAHC by warranty deed. The property is critically important to BBAHC’s construction and operation of a new free-standing dental clinic.
The BBAHC is in the process of constructing a new, modern, up-to-date facility that will be available later this year to provide significantly more dental services to BBAHC’s 8,000 member service population. We note that Senators Murkowski and Sullivan have introduced a companion bill, S. 2421, and we thank our entire delegation for their support on this matter. Both bills also include a warranty deed transfer provision for the Tanana Tribal Council. BBAHC has for many years carried out a comprehensive health care delivery program at the federally owned Kanakanak Hospital compound in Dillingham. BBAHC has done so on behalf of its member villages in accordance with the Alaska Tribal Health Compact and Funding Agreements with the IHS under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA). These services include dental care.
The ISDEAA is such a special statute. Sections 105(f) and 512(c) of the ISDEAA provide that the Secretary may donate excess property to Indian tribes and tribal organizations, “except that” title to real property furnished by the Federal Government for use in the performance of an ISDEAA agreement shall, unless requested otherwise, vest in the appropriate tribe or tribal organization. Thus, the ISDEAA requires the transfer of this specifically described property by vesting title in tribes and tribal organizations and specifically making this vesting of title an exception to the donation of excess property under GSA rules. H. R. 4289 is necessary to overcome IHS’ insistence that these transfers be treated as discretionary donations of excess property under the FPASA and GSA rules. H.R. 4289 at Section 2 requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to transfer the property for the new dental facility to BBAHC by warranty deed within 180 days of enactment. The transfer by warranty deed will supersede and render of no future effect the previous quitclaim to the property.
There is precedent for H.R 4289. Public Law 114-56, enacted on September 30, 2015, requires the transfer of certain property to the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation using virtually the same language as S. 2421 except for the description of the property to be transferred. In addition, Congress has enacted property transfers via warranty deed from IHS to the Maniilaq Association (PL 112-263) and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (PL 113-68). We thank you for scheduling a hearing on this legislation to transfer via warranty deed the 1.474 acre parcel of land site of our dental clinic. As you know, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has had a hearing on the companion legislation and has reported the bill out of Committee. We urge that action be expedited on this bill, as the clock is ticking on this election year-shortened session of Congress
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