April 23, 2010
The new PeaceHealth Medical Group-Prince of Wales clinic offers Primary Care, visiting specialists, sophisticated lab, digital x-ray, and telemedicine. It also features an electronic medical record that connects directly with PeaceHealth. Physician Robbert Thomas, MD, and his Craig Clinic staff move to the new clinic. As a part of PeaceHealth, they will be supported by visiting PeaceHealth Medical Group physicians and Ketchikan General Hospital - PeaceHealth.
"We were approached by the City of Craig to see if we might be interested in partnering with them in providing health care," said Patrick J. Branco, CEO of Ketchikan General Hospital - PeaceHealth. "Prince of Wales Island residents have been seeking care through our specialty clinics and at Ketchikan General Hospital for years. We've always had a great relationship with them and were pleased for the opportunity to serve them in a more comprehensive way."
The association between PeaceHealth and the City of Craig is similar to the relationship that Ketchikan General Hospital has with the City of Ketchikan. PeaceHealth will operate the clinic while the City of Craig maintains ownership of the building.
A community dedication and open house will be held Saturday, May 22, at the new Prince of Wales Health Care Center, 1800 Craig-Klawock Highway in Craig. The event will feature Native dancers, speakers, health screenings, facility tours, art and music, followed by a community barbecue. Commissioned art for the new Health Care Center will be unveiled. Evening music starts at 7 p.m. and will feature musicians from Prince of Wales Island and guest performers from Ketchikan. A free shuttle between Craig High School and the event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event starts at noon. Everyone is invited to attend.
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