BBAHC

KDLG/Isabelle Ross

A top official at Bristol Bay’s regional health corporation sent an email to other managers this month promoting the falsehood that the coronavirus pandemic is no worse than the flu and is part of a political conspiracy. As of Monday, the official no longer works at the corporation.

KDLG/Tyler Thompson

We are practicing social distancing while working to keep everyone up to date on the coronavirus. Alaska is now up to 12 cases. People from Bristol Bay have been tested, but the results are pending.

KDLG/Isabelle Ross

Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation is putting extra measures into place to prepare for coronavirus, modifying and adapting their normal practices in communities around the region. 

KDLG/Isabelle Ross

Prevention preparations ramp up in Bristol Bay, a day after Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Alaska's first confirmed case of COVID-19. Concerns about the virus have upended plans for several regional organizations. 

KDLG/Isabelle Ross

Last May, the Curyung Tribal Council passed a resolution to withdraw its membership from BBAHC. Now, tribal leaders are responding to concerns that a withdrawal would destabilize health care in the region.

 

 

Amanda Luiten

On the show this week, we go to a meeting BBAHC held on healthcare in the area. We talk through Nushagak Cooperative's price hike. And we hear from a few young athletes who competed in the Junior Native Youth Olympics in Anchorage

KDLG/Isabelle Ross

The Curyung Tribal Council is currently in mediation with BBAHC over its withdrawal from the corporation. At a public meeting Tuesday, concerns ranged from patient care to the corporation's management.  

Tyler Thompson/KDLG

The tribe said it decided to withdraw, in part, due to issues with patient care and the health corporation's insufficient response to their concerns. The earliest effective date for the withdrawal is May 2020.

 

 

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services conducted a survey in September. It found that the Kanakanak Hosptial pharmacy's practices put patients at risk of adverse health effects and death.
 

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

In a press release, BBAHC acknowledged that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services had visited the hospital to address issues at the pharmacy. 

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

The Curyung Tribal Council is requesting a copy of a survey they say was conducted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of Kanakanak Hospital in Dillingham.

Mike Mason

The much talked about effort to stop smoking in the bars in Dillingham has been delayed until sometime in August. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.