Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC) is a tribally owned and operated, independent, not-for profit health care organization, founded in 1970 to meet the health care needs of the Inupiat, Siberian Yup’ik and Yu’pik people of the Bering Strait region. NSHC is governed by a 24-member board of directors who represent all communities and areas of the Bering Strait region, a 44,000 square-mile section of northwestern Alaska.
Norton Sound Health Corporation puts the patient first. This principle applies equally at the new Norton Sound Regional Hospital and at the 15 village clinics managed by NSHC.
Every day, NSHC’s approximately 500 employees – about 72% of them Alaska Native – demonstrate their commitment to our mission: providing quality health services and promoting wellness within our people and environment.
Ambitious work lies ahead for Norton Sound Health Corporation. The top priority in our 2013 legislative agenda is to obtain full funding for the Sobering and Wellness Center, a vitally important project to help people free themselves of addiction and substance abuse. Our partners in this initiative include the Denali Commission, Foraker Group and the Rasmuson Foundation.
Also on our plate: new clinic staff housing in the villages and revitalizing the sub-regional center in Unalakleet. We are also partnering with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the State of Alaska and other regional health corporations to pursue new efficiencies and economies of scale.
Norton Sound Health Corporation is a model of how Indian Self-Determination is meant to work, with tribes taking responsibility for their own health and well-being.