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ICHC: About

Ilanka Community Health Center

The Ilanka Community Health Center, owned and operated by The Native Village of Eyak, is a primary health, behavioral health, integrated and ambulatory care outpatient clinic. We offer affordable quality health care for all, such as the Sliding Fee Discounts based on your family size and income and Purchased Referred Care for our tribal beneficiaries. We have staff to assist you in applying for financial assistance such as; Sliding Fee Discounts, VA, Medicare, Medicaid, Denali Kidcare, Affordable Care Act Insurance Plans, and more.

ICHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves all Cordova residents and visitors using our HRSA funded sliding fee scales and Indian Health Services.

Our Mission

At the Ilanka Community Health Center, we are committed to providing personalized quality health care to our Cordova community – including members of the Native Village of Eyak, non-tribal community members, seasonal workers and visitors. We strive to meet the needs of every person seeking care, regardless of ethnic or economic backgrounds. Our primary goal is respecting and protecting patient health and well-being.

Medical Providers

Benjamin Head, MD

DOCTOR

Dr. Head joined Ilanka Community Health Center in May, 2021. Dr. Head grew up in Nome. He attended medical school at the University of Washington through the Alaska WWAMI program and completed his residency training in rural family medicine at the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program.  After graduation, he moved to Kemmerer, Wyoming, where he practiced full-spectrum family medicine, including OB, Inpatient Hospital Medicine, ER and endoscopy.  He provides healthcare to newborn, pediatric, adult and geriatric populations with a special interest in prenatal care, women’s health and sports medicine.  He is married with three children and enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and all sports.  He is thrilled to be back home in Alaska.  

Benjamin Head, MD

DOCTOR

Dr. Iutzi joined Ilanka Community Health Center in August 2017 and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Iutzi graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his residency with the University of Wyoming. He first moved to Alaska in 2001 and feels a strong connection to the Alaskan people and the land. Dr. Iutzi volunteers as the Medical Director for Cordova’s Volunteer Emergency Response Team. He also provides care in Cordova Community Medical Center’s Emergency Department.

Laily Mahoozy, MD

DOCTOR

Laily joined Ilanka Community Health Center in October of 2023. She attended medical school in England further obtaining specialties in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Neuroendocrinology in the United States. Dr Mahoozi worked as a consultant in New York and then Iran where she served the Middle East Region as the only pituitary specialist. Originally from the deserts of southern Iran, where essence is movement and legacy dance. Dr. Mahoozi’s passion is the Art of Medicine; interweaving culture, beauty, and science to satisfy the many facets of health. Her next move is the exotic dance of Alaska!

Behavioral Health Providers

Susie Powell, LPC, CDCII, BHAIII

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DIRECTOR

Susie joined Ilanka Community Health Center in December 2017. After growing up in Massachusetts, Susie moved to Alaska in 2007, where she volunteered with homeless youth in Anchorage. After working with nonprofits as well as schools, Susie decided to pursue a career in counseling to address the underlying trauma, mental health, and substance use challenges that interfered with many youth in attaining their goals. She received her master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Fairbanks and is now a Licensed Professional Counselor. Susie draws from mindfulness-based therapies, self-compassion, polyvagal theory, and EMDR among other treatment modalities to help clients of all ages achieve their desired wellness goals. She loves exploring Cordova’s beautiful outdoors with her husband and two boys.

Sun Young An, MS, CRC, BHAIII

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINICIAN

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Sun moved to New York City in 1997 where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Relocating to attend Boston University, Sun then earned her Masters’ degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, closely following that achievement with a year of volunteer work in India and Nepal. Afterwards, Sun returned to New York City to work at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital. After 8 years, Sun resigned her position as a Program Manager in the Psychiatric Department and resumed her world travels, experiencing the natural wonders of South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. These travels also brought her to Alaska for seasonal work, which included two summers in Cordova. Her love of hiking, camping, outdoor adventures, and subsistence activities has drawn her back to Cordova and to join Ilanka’s Behavioral Health team as of October 2021.

Nutrition

Barbara Solomon, LN

LICENSED NUTRITIONIST

Administration

Nicole Piche, RN

ICHC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Cindy Bradford

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Curtis Bejes, MD

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Dr. Bejes joined forces with Ilanka Community Health Center filling the role of Medical Director in July of 2023. Dr. Bejes has been providing care to Cordova intermittently since 2012, initially serving at CCMC’s ER Department and later as CCMC’s Medical Director. Dr. Bejes recently retired from his full-time practice in Indiana and is looking forward to spending more time with family and assisting with Cordova’s healthcare. His passion has always been to improve the health of people in rural communities through whatever means possible. This continues to be an exciting and challenging venture along with enjoying the great outdoors whenever possible.

Carolyn Crowder

SELF-GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Health Board

Cheryl Eleshansky, Board Chair: Seat C-1, 3-year term
Tiffany Beedle, Vice Chair: Seat A, 1-year term
Sherman Powell, Secretary/Treasurer: Seat D-2, 4-year term
Altana Hamilton, Board Member: Seat D-1, 4-year term
Jack Hopkins, Board Member: Seat C-2, 3-year term
Brooke Mallory, Board Member: Seat B-2, 2-year term
Darrel Olsen, Board Member: Seat B-1, 2-year term

HB Inaugural Meeting
This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C 233(g)-(n).
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL 9-1-1.

Location,
Contact & Hours

PO Box 2290
705 Second St
Cordova AK, 99574

Phone: (907) 424-3622
Fax: (907) 424-3275
Email: IlankaCHC@eyak-nsn.gov

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM        
Closed Sunday 

Nurse Line: After hours and on holidays (907) 424-3622

After Hours Information

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 or go to your local emergency room.

The After Hours Nurse line can assist you after hours or on holidays. Please call (907) 424-3622 and follow the prompts to be directed to the nurse line.

Holiday Closures

ICHC will be closed for the following holidays in 2024:

  • 1/1 New Year’s Day
  • 1/15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 2/19 President’s Day
  • 3/25 Seward’s Day 
  • 5/27 Memorial Day
  • 6/19 Juneteenth 
  • 7/4 Independence Day
  • 9/2 Labor Day
  • 10/14 Indigenous People’s Day
  • 11/11 Veteran’s Day
  • 11/28 & 11/29 Thanksgiving
  • 12/25 Christmas Day 

Questions, Comments, Concerns?

Do you have a question, comment, or concern about the care you received at ICHC? Please fill out the Comment Form.

Ilanka Community Health Center
Comment Form

This form is for general comments/concerns.

If you have questions about medical conditions, treatments, prescriptions, or other health information, please call us at 424-3622.