Iliuliuk Family and Health Services

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After a decade of deep budget deficits, Unalaska's clinic is back in the black.

"We closed the fiscal year to the positive — to $26,407," said Director James Kaech of Iliuliuk Family and Health Services. "That's huge when we were projecting a loss of more than $700,000."

Kaech said that turnaround is the result of a year spent revamping the clinic's financial strategy and rebuilding the community's confidence in local health care.

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Unalaska’s cash-strapped clinic has undergone a slew of changes since James Kaech became director.

Six months later, he’s cautiously optimistic that its financial situation is finally improving.

"Our cash flow has been very good," said Kaech. "We haven’t had to ask for any funds from the city, and I don’t think we will."

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The City Council has agreed to grant $500,000 to Unalaska’s clinic.

On Tuesday, councilors unanimously approved the subsidy, which will come from the city’s general fund surplus.

The decision comes a month after Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS) made an emergency funding request of $700,000.

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Unalaska has welcomed a handful of new community leaders in the last few months.

That includes James Kaech, the new executive director at Iliuliuk Family and Health Services.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel sat down with Kaech to ask how he made his way to Unalaska’s clinic.

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Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The City Council has taken the first step toward granting an emergency funding request from Unalaska’s clinic.

On Tuesday, councilors reviewed a proposal to allocate $500,000 for Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS).

Interim City Manager Nancy Peterson said the ordinance would establish a reserve from the city’s general fund.

The island's health care provider would be required to prove its financial need every time it taps into that reserve.

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