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IFHS interim clinic director, Will Rodgers, resigns

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Reached by phone on Wednesday, Rodgers declined to elaborate on his resignation, but said he is leaving for personal reasons.

Will Rodgers has stepped down from his position as interim CEO at Unalaska’s main clinic.

That leaves Iliuliuk Family and Health Services once again without a chief executive.

Rodgers returned to the island’s clinic in December after Melanee Tiura, the previous CEO, resigned. She took a position with Providence Medical Center in Valdez.

Reached by phone on Wednesday, Rodgers declined to elaborate on his resignation, but said he is leaving for personal reasons.

He served as interim CEO for roughly three months.

IFHS is the island’s main clinic. It serves about 4,500 community members year-round. It also provides emergency care for the thousands of workers in the fishing industry. The nearest hospital is roughly 800 air miles away, in Anchorage.

Historically, the clinic has had trouble keeping the CEO position filled. Rodgers held the interim position briefly in 2019, after a former clinic director had resigned.

IFHS board president Bil Homka said Tiura is still assisting the health clinic as the board looks for someone to replace Rodgers.

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