Dahl Memorial Clinic provides general medical and family practice outpatient care with three mid-level providers and provides mental health services with a behavioral health clinician. DMC also provides limited emergency services and facilitates medical evacuation as necessary. DMC is equipped with nine general exam rooms, one pediatric room, three urgent care rooms, dispensary, lab, x-ray, behavioral health suite, and rooms for visiting providers for ultrasound, physical therapy, occupational therapy, optometry, dentistry, and public health. As a Federally-qualified health center and the sole medical facility in Skagway, DMC serves all patients regardless of ability to pay.
Dahl Memorial Clinic is located in Skagway, Alaska, at the north end of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Skagway is geographically isolated, lying approximately 100 air miles north of Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, and 100 driving miles south of Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories, Canada. The community and visitors use a small plane service and the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries to travel to/from Juneau.
Skagway was a Klondike Gold Rush boom town and staging ground for stampeders heading up the famed Chilkoot Trail to the Klondike Gold Fields in the late 1800s. Modern Skagway is a popular summer cruise ship port that still nurtures its Klondike Gold Rush roots. Downtown Skagway is lined with historic false-front shops and wooden sidewalks. Skagway is also home to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad.
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Skagway is located in the Upper Lynn Canal and is considered the northern most point in Southeast Alaska, 80 air miles from the capital city of Juneau and 110 road miles from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. The Port of Skagway is the northernmost ice-free, deep-water port in North America, and serves as a year-round transportation hub between Alaska, the Yukon Territory, Northern British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Europe.
Skagway, Alaska, is a remote, sparsely populated, frontier community of 965 year-round residents. The Canadian border is 10 miles to the north down the only road leading in and out of Skagway. To the south, the waters of Lynn Canal lead to other Southeast Alaska communities by ferry, boat, or small aircraft. Severe geographic isolation restricts access to alternative care.
Winter weather often limits travel outside the community. Our service area is designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a Medically Underserved Area (MUA), and a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for primary health care. DMC is the only source for health care in the service area. Dahl Memorial Clinic is staffed by three nurse practitioners and three medical assistants. There is no ancillary care outside the facility in the area.
For critical care or in-patient care, residents must travel 100 miles to Juneau, Alaska by small airplane or ferry, both of which are often delayed or canceled due to high winds or snowstorms. The Coast Guard is also responsive in emergency situations involving extreme weather or after FAA civil twilight. The only other land based option is driving 100 miles to Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, Canada by two-lane road which has extreme winter weather conditions at least six months of the year including "white-out" snow storms, black ice, and/or avalanches, then taking a medical evacuation flight from that airport. In any of these options, time in transport and safety for patient and transport crew are the crucial deciding factors.
Patients with life-threatening illnesses and injuries are transferred to Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, Alaska, the nearest tertiary center, as soon as possible after stabilizing the patient. The decision for transfer is made after assessment, treatment to stabilize and consult with the Emergency Department physician at the accepting facility.