During the week of September 4, 2017, the small but mighty HTS team of Cliff West, Carole Snyder, and Sal Aguilera completed two clinic moves in two different cities. Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC) in Nome, Alaska recently built replacement clinics in two remote Alaskan villages, Gambell and Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. HTS was asked to plan and coordinate the fit-up, activation, and moves for the two new sub-regional clinics. The new clinics, approximately 5,000 square feet each, provide the villages with new, efficient, and expanded healthcare facilities.
Each clinic was moved over a period of two days. The moves consisted of the packing, relocation, stocking, and organizing of medical supplies; de-installation and re-installation of medical equipment; and relocation of IT equipment including a sensitive telemedicine cart. The moves required a unique logistical approach due to limited transportation options, and terrain/road conditions in the villages.
Overall, the moves were challenging but definitely one for the books! It was wonderful to see how the new, well-organized environment could directly affect the level of care the local Community Health Aides could provide to their villages. HTS is honored to be a part of these exceptional projects.