New Pediatric and other Services on the Alaska Native Health Campus

The Dr. Katherine and Dr. Kevin Gottlieb Building

Southcentral Foundation is committed to providing the very best health care to the Alaska Native Community. From state-of-the-art facilities, to the finest integrated care teams, SCF has invested heavily in the Alaska Native Medical Health Campus. In the past 20 years, SCF has invested more than $200 million — adding 367,000 square feet of clinical space on the campus as well as two parking garages. Recognizing the benefit to customer-owners, SCF has taken on $75 million in debt to provide these much needed campus facilities.

Southcentral Foundation provides primary health care and related services for more than 65,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people within the vast rural Anchorage Service Unit. With the younger population increasing, the need for pediatric services have sky rocketed over the years. Despite multiple clinic expansions, the pediatric clinic has outgrown its space in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center.

SCF’s senior leadership’s ongoing fiscal responsibility continues to support whole person wellness. To better serve the family health needs of customer-owners, SCF has most recently invested in service expansion by building the Dr. Katherine and Dr. Kevin Gottlieb building, which has the tentative open date of October 2018. This is just one example of how SCF utilizes a diversified funding stream, including Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance billing for services provided at ANMC, to support continuous quality improvement and a Native Community that enjoys physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

The five-story building represents the desire of SCF leadership to maximize the size of every facility built on the limited land available on the Anchorage campus. The Dr. Katherine and Dr. Kevin Gottlieb building was also constructed to allow for a planned easterly expansion of the hospital.
Included in the new building is The Child and Family Developmental Services clinic. The clinic will have an interdisciplinary team to provide pediatric services related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, autism, developmental delay, and other concerns, with supportive services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language pathology, and behavioral health services for families of children with disabilities. This state-of-the-art clinic will feature two large sensory gyms and several smaller, individualized treatment spaces with specialized equipment to serve a variety of customer-owner needs.

With a customer-owner first approach, SCF will have ample full-time support staff, allowing therapists to focus on direct customer-owner care once the clinic is fully staffed. The pediatric services that will be provided at the child and family developmental services clinic will help provide a foundation of success for the Alaska Native and American Indian generations to come.

by Esther Robertson

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