CLINIC

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After a roughly seven-month search, Unalaska's clinic has a new CEO.

Melanee Tiura signed a three-year contract with Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS) last month. She takes over the position from interim director Will Rodgers, who stepped in after the resignation of former director James Kaech.

KUCB's Hope McKenney sat down with Tiura to ask about the financial status of the island's nonprofit community health center — and where she hopes to take it.  

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When Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed almost $400 million from the state budget in June, Unalaska stood to lose about $1.34 million in funding for local organizations including the city, school district, and clinic.

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After a roughly seven-month search, Unalaska's health clinic has hired a new CEO. 

Melanee Tiura will start work Sept. 1, after moving with her family from Michigan. 

"She's had experience in Alaska," said Will Rodgers, interim CEO at Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS). "She was actually a member of the board of the Alaska Primary Care Association."

Tiura previously worked at the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation between 2010 and 2014.

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Thanks to an emergency loan, Unalaska's clinic won't have to shut its doors in May.

Last week, the City Council voted unanimously to lend $500,000 to Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, which requested help after projecting its ninth deficit in 10 years.

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Unalaska's cash-strapped clinic is one step closer to receiving $500,000 in emergency funds that'll help keep its doors open.

Last week, the City Council unanimously advanced legislation that would provide the nonprofit Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS) with a loan to be repaid in 10 years.

City Manager Thomas E. Thomas drew up the agreement, with help from the city attorney.

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