Primary Care

Maniilaq Association’s Health Services division provides comprehensive primary health care including medical, nursing, and community health services. The division is  based out of Maniilaq Health Center in Kotzebue, and extends to the village health clinics located in each of our eleven outlying communities. The Maniilaq Association Health Services division is accredited by the Joint Commission.

Our mission is to provide comprehensive health care to the people in the Maniilaq Service Area. We also aim to promote prevention, wellness, holistic strategies while incorporating traditional Iñupiat values, beliefs, and practices. We envision that all customers of Maniilaq Health Services, including its employees, are empowered and involved partners in its high quality services and healing atmosphere.  We are a family of care, helping every person live a healthier lifestyle.

To schedule an appointment, please call the Outpatient Department Appointment Desk at 907-442-7777. Click here for contact information, including village clinics. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Patients in the villages can reach the After Hours Emergency Care Line 8pm-8am by calling the on-call village phone number or by calling direct 907-331-0321 or 1-888-284-1007.

Outpatient Services

Clinic hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

For appointments call: 907-442-7777

This department is designed to meet all of the primary care, pediatric and women’s health needs of the Northwest Borough and Point Hope. Services are provided by Physicians, Nurse Practioners, Midwives and Nurses. The outpatient department serves as the Doctor’s Office for our community.  Clients are grouped into teams, which consist of a Provider, Nurse and Case Manager to maintain continuity of care. MHC is able to provide all services from Prenatal care to Geriatrics. The outpatient department has access to many auxiliary services such as Lab, X-ray, Physical Therapy and Specialty consultants both local and in Anchorage to meet our care needs. The outpatient department must meet community goals through the Government Performance and Reporting Act (GPRA) to insure quality health care is being provided to the community. Maniilaq Health Center met 100% of these goals in 2015. Appointments are taken Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm excluding national holidays.

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Emergency Services


Maniilaq Health Center provides all levels of emergency care in our 5-bed unit, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The Emergency Services department is designed to provide rapid and varied emergency care, especially for those with sudden and acute illness or who are victims of trauma. A triage system is used to screen patients and to determine priority of needs. Severe illnesses and injuries are stabilized for medical transportation in conjunction with Guardian Flight to a higher level of care.  Our nurses are trained to care for patients from birth throughout the lifespan. All staff in our emergency department maintains Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support and Pediatric Life Support training for the safety of our community.

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Inpatient Services

Contact: 907-442-7304

Maniilaq Health Center provides inpatient services to the community in a 17-bed comprehensive medical/telemetry care unit; which includes a low stimulation room to address behavioral health needs as well as a standalone OB department. MHC’s OB department consists of four of these beds in a separate obstetric/labor and delivery unit that includes a newborn nursery and two birthing rooms. The inpatient unit also provides palliative care services to the community. MHC upholds a unique practice in rural Alaska.  Rather than caring for a specific population or a specific practice, the MHC nurse must have knowledge and experience to care for the population across the lifespan in all areas of treatment services provided by the hospital.

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Community Health Aide/Practitioner (CHAP) Program

Click here for contact information for Village Clinics.

CHAPs are the primary care providers at the Maniilaq Health Services village clinics.  The Community Health Aide Practitioner program is unique only to the State of Alaska.  This program was built to help serve the people in Rural Alaskan Villages to meet their medical care needs.  The services that a CHA/P provides include Acute, Chronic, Preventive, and Emergency Care. Each CHA/P, depending on their level of training, either communicates with a mid-level provider or an MD, or uses the Community Health Aide Manual (CHAM) Medical Standing Orders to decide the best care or treatment for their patients.

To contact the CHAP Program, please call 907-442-7161 or fax us at 907-442-7250.

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Pharmacy hours: 9:00 am-6:00 pm, closed from 12:15-1:15 pm 

The Maniilaq Health Center Pharmacy aims at providing safe and high quality patient care in an atmosphere of professionalism, respect, and effective communication. We offer a full spectrum of services for patients and families in a patient centered setting using collaborative practices to achieve optimal outcomes. We strive to be an integral member of the healthcare team responsible for the outcomes associated with the medication use process and to foster an environment designed to advance knowledge of the rational use of medications.

The pharmacy is divided into three areas:

  1. Outpatient Pharmacy is designed to help meet the outpatient medication needs of patients in our region. These services are extended to discharged patients, patient seen in our Outpatient Department and Emergency room as well as providing pharmacy services to Utuqqanaat Inaat.
  2. Inpatient Pharmacy Services provides clinical services including renal drug monitoring and adjusting, drug interaction monitoring, therapeutic drug monitoring, medication order review and verification and drug information support for providers.
  3. Village Pharmacy Services: Using Pick Point Telepharmacy system, we provide comprehensive pharmacy services and products remotely to the surrounding villages.  Using proven technology and methodology improves accuracy, safety and efficiency of medication delivery in remote area.

Across all these areas, we provide a range of clinical services including a pharmacist managed anticoagulation clinic, diabetes clinic and an antibiotic stewardship.

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Dental Clinic hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

For appointments call: 907-442-7325

Maniilaq Dental is here to meet the needs of every patient in the Maniilaq Service Area. We offer a full line of services from endodontics, oral surgery and prosthodontics as well as pediatric care needs. Please contact us at (907) 442 7325 to schedule your exams and cleanings twice yearly and any of your other Dental needs.

Upcoming 2024 Dates:

Pt. Hope Week of January 7th, Kivalina Week of January 14, Noatak Week of January 21st, Kiana Week of January 28th, Ambler Week of February 4th, Kobuk Week of February 11th, Selawik Week of February 18th, Deering Week of February 25th, Buckland Week of March 3rd, Noorvik Week of March 10th, Shungnak Week of March 17th, Pt. Hope Week of March 24th

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Regional Eye Clinic

Clinic hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

For appointments call: 907-442-7276

Upcoming 2024 Dates:

Pt. Hope January 4-10, Kivalina January 22-31, Noatak Jan 31 – Feb 7, Kobuk TBD, Selawik March 20-28, Kiana March 28- April 4, Noorvik April 4-12, Buckland April 15-19, Deering April 19-25

The Regional Eye Clinic is overseen by Dr. Meagan Lincoln.  The Eye Clinic provides examination of patient vision and eyes for diagnosis of vision abnormalities, disease or abnormalities of the eye, and administers medical treatment for ocular disease and injury.  A variety of fashionable eyewear is available along with fittings for frames, contact lenses and optical aides.

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Physical Therapy

Clinic hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

For appointments call: 907-442-7777 or your case management team

The Physical Therapy department at Maniilaq Health Center has adopted the Alaska Physical Therapy Association’s vision for the profession of physical therapy – “Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.”

MHC Physical therapists are experts in improving mobility and motion following injury/illness. We provide outpatient, inpatient and long-term care/SNF Physical Therapy services. Pain-free movement is crucial to your quality of daily life, your ability to earn a living, your ability to pursue your favorite leisure activities, and so much more.

Physical therapy services are accessed through a referral from your primary care provider.

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Clinic hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 

For appointments call: 907-442-7222

The Radiology department provides Diagnostic Radiology Services, including routine X-rays, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, mammography, CT scans, EKGs and pulmonary function tests to the residents of Northwest Alaska.  The Radiology department is state of the art, filmless, fully digital and exams are transmitted via Teleradiology to our Radiologist for interpretation, or to specialists at ANMC for consultation when necessary.  Quality assurance is maintained in the Radiology Department through the online Strategic Quality Support System (SQSS).  The program is ACR-FDA accredited and fully staffed.

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Contact: 907-442-7205

Maniilaq Health Center (MHC) Laboratory is a customer-focused team of healthcare professionals dedicated to providing high-quality, accurate, and timely test results.  The Laboratory is accredited by The Joint Commission, which is the gold-standard of laboratory quality and patient safety.  Our team of professionals offers a wide range of diagnostic services in chemistry, hematology, coagulation, urinalysis, immunology, microbiology, phlebotomy, and transfusion medicine.  These valuable services support providers at MHC and the 11 sub-regional clinics to provide the highest quality healthcare to our Alaska Native Community and all those served by Maniilaq Association.  Overall, more than 70% of diagnoses are based on laboratory test results.  We are proud of our state of the art Laboratory and we are pleased to be recognized as an integral part of the Maniilaq Healthcare System.

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