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After less than a year and half on the job, James Kaech has resigned as executive director of the Iliuliuk Family & Health Services (IFHS).

Kaech submitted his letter of resignation to the clinic’s board of directors on Dec. 22.

“I just wanted to be closer to family and grandkids,” Kaech said. “I’m here to support in any way I can, as the long as the board or anybody in the community [wants me]. People have my cell phone and I’ll still have the same number, so feel free to give me a call if you need anything.”

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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 and Sand Point residents will soon have the option of receiving substance abuse treatment from home.

People from the Aleutian Islands have always had to leave the region for recovery. But starting Aug. 1, they'll have another choice.

"The idea is that folks can stay in the community, gain or maintain employment, and learn the skills of recovery right where they’d be using them," said Dr. Keri Boyd.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

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."

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

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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