The opening of the new Peninsula Community Health Center was heralded last weekend as the arrival of the future for medical care where physical and mental health issues will be served at the same facility. “I committed to being here six months ago because I wanted to stand with you for the ribbon cutting of an incredible community health facility. A facility that is being looked to as a national model for future health care, now one would think that the integration of mental and physical health at one facility would not be such ground breaking news and we’d like to think that this is what is in place elsewhere in the country, but what you have here at the Peninsula Community Health Center (CPHC) is actually visionary in its outlook and I think the people of the Peninsula are very fortunate to have these health care services for the mind and the body merged under one roof , and you can be proud that the future indeed is already here on the Kenai Peninsula. It’s great to be back home!” said U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski.
Murkowski joins local officials at ribbon cutting and tour of new health care facility.
The facility located on Marydale in Soldotna was bursting at its newly constructed seams last weekend with dignitaries and community members from all over. Soldotna High School graduate Denali Daniels is now the Health Program Manager for the Denali Commission, one of the major contributors to the new Community Health Center, “The Denali Commission has two primary focuses one is rural energy and the other is health care an this particular project represents a milestone for our program in that we are meeting all the health care needs along the road system here on the Kenai Peninsula. When I return to my office in Anchorage I have a map on the wall where I’ll be able to mark an entire region of the Kenai Peninsula as having been completed. We are actively engaged in meeting the health facility needs of nearly 300 communities across Alaska and today is a huge milestone for our program,” Daniels told the Dispatch.
According to Ellen Adlam, Chairperson for the CPHC Board of Directors, even though the ribbon cutting was officially November 10th, the first day of medical services at the new facility will begin November 20th and Central Peninsula Counseling Services should be moved in by December 4th. “This has been a dream of mine and I’ve been thrilled to be a part of this project. I’m a member of the community that has utilized the Cottonwood Clinic, my family comes here and I’m honored to be part of this celebration and am awed by the community support we have received has been fantastic and the broad based financial support we received is a huge credit to this collaborative effort,” said Adlam. Also speaking at the ribbon cutting were Melissa Witzler Stone, Director, Division of Behavioral Health for the State of Alaska, Dr. Doug Eby, MD, and Board member of the Rasmuson Foundation, Jeff Jessee, CEO, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, and Chad Padgett, USDA acting State Director. Tours were available for all who attended the celebration. The design and construction team included Bill Kluge & Associates, G&S Construction, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and Clarus Healthcare Consulting.
Official ribbon cutting hails the opening of new community health care facility.
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