|Thursday, Aug 4, 2005|
Grand Canyon, AZ - Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Joseph Alston today announced the award of a contract for the operation of the Grand Canyon Clinic located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The National Park Service received several proposals from qualified companies. After an extensive evaluation process North Country Community Health Center, a non-profit organization based in Flagstaff, Arizona, was selected for the performance-based contract and is expected to begin operation of the clinic on September 1, 2005. The contract was issued for a term of one year with four option years.
North Country Community Health Center, under the direction of Dr. Andrew Saal, will provide community residents, employees, and visitors with primary, urgent, and preventative health care. The clinic will also provide the in-park and gateway community school-related and occupational physicals. The contractor anticipates being open 10 hours per day seven days per week during the summer with reduced hours of operation in the winter season.
North Country Community Health Center's mission is to provide accessible, affordable comprehensive, quality primary healthcare in an atmosphere of respect, dignity and cultural sensitivity. The health and well-being of patients and community alike are promoted through direct services, training/education, outreach, and advocacy.
"We felt North Country Community Health Center was an excellent fit for the community and look forward to working with their management team and provider staff to provide quality care for our residents and park visitors," stated Alston.
The contract requires North Country Community Health Center to accept a broad range of payment forms; specifically accepting payments made by the Indian Health Service, insurance carries for federal employees and all other major employers with the park. They will offer a sliding scale payment scheme for uninsured and underinsured patients.
The Contractor is required to comply with all applicable regulatory requirements from the United States Public Health Service, the State of Arizona, and Coconino Country, Arizona for the operation of medical clinics.
Representatives from the National Park Service, North Country Community Health Center, and the Walk-in Clinic (the current operator); will immediately begin preparations for transition of services.
A community meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 16, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Shrine of the Ages within Grand Canyon National Park to provide local residents an opportunity to meet the new management team and provider staff and to learn more about the services that will be offered.