Written by:  Adam W. Cook

Attorneys Adam Cook, Leila Kimbrell, and Steve Hutchings at the Opening Ceremony on April 5, 2017

Birch Horton Bittner &  Cherot attended the groundbreaking for the new Paul John Calricaraq Project in Bethel, Alaska on April 5, 2017.  The $300 million Project, undertaken by the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC), includes construction of an outpatient clinic, hospital addition, and staff residential housing.  The groundbreaking was the culmination of more than five years of work between YKHC and various financial, legal, construction, and design professionals, who worked together on a vision to expand YKHC’s flagship regional hospital in Bethel and the supporting facilities.

BHBC attorneys Adam Cook, Leila Kimbrell, and Steve Hutchings, who have all been involved in the efforts to finance and start work on the Project, were on-hand for the groundbreaking and dedication.  Attendees all signed their names on a wood plank that will later be integrated into the new building—a three-story 175,000 square-foot clinic, which will be connected to the existing 105,000 square-foot hospital.  The existing hospital will undergo extensive renovation, and a fifty-four unit apartment building for employee housing will be constructed on YKHC’s 23-acre campus.  Construction work began last year, and YKHC anticipates that work will continue for at least the next four years.  At a luncheon following the ceremony, YKHC Chief Executive Officer Dan Winkelman thanked the financial and legal professionals who helped make the Project possible.

YKHC provides health care for some 30,000 Alaska natives in more than 50 villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region.  The Project is financed by a combination of state and federal funding and joint-venture agreements.  It is one of the largest construction projects undertaken outside the road system in Alaska’s history.  Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot has provided legal services to the residents and organizations of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region for more than 40 years, and looks forward to continuing efforts to expand the quality of health care in the Region.