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HIMS Director
Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation

Location: Dillingham, Alaska
Work Setting: Hospital
Job Function:
HIM Director/Privacy Officer
Job Type:
Salary Range: DOE



In 2013 we marked 40 years of tribal health care operation and management for the people of Bristol Bay. However, the history of organized health care in Bristol Bay is much longer. Prior to the coming of the Russians in 1818, the primary health care provider was the “angalkuk” or shaman. Doctors first came into Bristol Bay when the canneries opened in 1885. In 1904 Dr. Joseph Herman Romig opened a hospital in Carmel. It remained open in 1913 when Dr. Linus Hiram French relocated the hospital to Kanakanak and took over one of two school buildings. In 2013 Kanakanak Hospital marked 100 years of providing health care to the people of Bristol Bay.
Over the past 100 years, the people of Bristol Bay have not only endured and survived life in a harsh climate and rugged terrain, they also suffered greatly from epidemics such as the Influenza Epidemic which reached Bristol Bay in 1919 and caused the death of thousands of people in western Alaska. The tuberculosis epidemic of the 1940s and early 1950s also took a heavy toll on the people in the region.

Today, rather than TB and influenza epidemics, we struggle with diseases of a modern society that include chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The life expectancy of our people has increased from 47 years of age in 1952, to 69.4 in 1998, still below that of U.S. residents and other Alaskans. We are strengthening our programs and services to address chronic illnesses as well as continuing to provide acute care services that dominated health care need much of the past 100 years for the people of Bristol Bay.

Villages Served by BBAHC

The villages under the umbrella of care provided by BBAHC are divided into the following subregions. Follow the links to learn more about these villages and contact information for each of the BBAHC clinics.

Nushagak River & Bay Central Subregion: Portage Creek, Ekwok, New Stuyahok, Koliganek, Dillingham, Aleknagik, Clarks Point, Ekuk, and Knugank

Southern Subregion: Chignik Bay, Chignik Lagoon, Chignik Lake, Perryville, and Ivanof Bay

Western Subregion: Manokotak, Twin Hills, Togiak, Goodnews Bay, and Platinum

Kvichak Bay & North Side Peninsula Subregion: Ugashik, Pilot Point, Egegik, Naknek, South Naknek, Levelock, King Salmon, Port Heiden and Kanatak

Mission, Vision, Values

We provide quality health care with competence, compassion, and sensitivity

To be a model of quality and financial sustainability

Core Values

Accessible, quality health care for all
Promotion of health and prevention of disease
Respect for an individual’s dignity, independence and choices
Basic medical services for everyone regardless of ability to pay

Job Description

Plans, organizes, and directs Health Information Management Services (HIMS). Establishes departmental objective, policies, procedures, standards, and related functions. Incumbent is the designated Privacy Officer.

Education Qualifications

1. Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) with current certification.
2. Knowledge of and experience in information privacy laws, access, release of information, and release control technologies.
3. Knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles of HIM, project management, and change management.
4. Demonstrated organization, facilitation, communication, and presentation skills.
5. Demonstrate and maintain proficiency in up-to-date coding guidelines.
6. Must be able to communicate to staff and supervisors and implement current changes.


As an employee of BBAHC, you’ll serve the healthcare needs of a diverse population with others who love their work and the beauty of rural Southwest Alaska. The quality of the workplace and co-workers is important to you, and to us. BBAHC, a Joint Commission accredited organization, offers what few other hospitals and healthcare organizations can – a modern facility and a must-see-to-believe rural environment.

We believe you’ll find our pay and benefits to be competitive and attractive.

Our pay system is based on years of experience. We’ve designed our highly competitive pay rates to attract and retain talented and dedicated employees. We pay close attention to wages in the labor market to stay competitive.

We’re proud of the competitive benefits we offer to part time and full time staff. We modify our total compensation and benefits package from time to time to stay competitive. Here are a few of the highlights.

Paid Time Off: Your time is precious. Your initial PTO benefit is determined based on your years of experience credited at hire. You will find that BBAHC has a very generous Paid Time Off benefit!

Medical and Dental Insurance: BBAHC currently pays 100% of the premium cost for employee, and 60% of dependent cost.

Retirement Plan: Our no-cost profit sharing retirement plan has historically contributed 5% of an employee’s annual income. In addition to our profit sharing retirement plan, we have a very competitive 401k retirement plan. BBAHC matches annual contributions on a progressive schedule up to 4%.

Group Term Life Insurance: There is two and a half times your annual salary.

Other Benefits: Long Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program, 10 holidays per year, continuing education programs.

Repayment of Health Professions Educational Loans: Health Professionals are eligible for education repayment programs under IHS, NHSC, or SHARP programs.

Contact BBAHC’s Human Resources Department at (907) 842-9325 or via email at In Alaska, you may call toll free (800) 478-5201, ext. 6325. We want to hear from you!

Instructions for Resume Submission

Please submit employment application to BBAHC, Human Resources at

The employment application can be found on our website at, under jobs, and then join BBAHC.

When you join BBAHC, you’ll find a community of capable healthcare professionals dedicated to providing quality care to the Native community of the Bristol Bay region. While working and living in Southwest Alaska, you’ll also enjoy rugged, pristine landscapes matched by few places on Earth.

All job applicants whose job duties include contact with or control over children must undergo an extensive background check and meet applicable standards required by the ICPA and BBAHC policy.

Pre-employment drug screening required. A completed background investigation and determination that the applicant meets the eligibility criteria of the Alaska Barrier Crimes Act and, where applicable, the Indian Child Protection Act, are prerequisites to hiring.

To submit an application, fax to (907) 842-9251. Or call (907) 842-9325 (toll free in Alaska 1-800-478-5201 ext. 6325) with any questions.

Written inquiries should be sent to:
BBAHC Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 130
Dillingham, Alaska 99576


Posted: February 18, 2021 at 1:45 PM
Post ID: 58616

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