Health Care & Education

Dahl Memorial Clinic

The Clinic is owned and operated by the City of Skagway although it contracts management services through an agreement with Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. The clinic is the only healthcare provider in Skagway servicing the primary as well as urgent care needs of the community.

Although Skagway is a small town of 968 year round residents, our clinic must be equipped to handle the approximate 1,500 seasonal residents who live here during the summer months and the one million plus visitors from all over the world who come to Skagway each year.

Skagway is a federally designated Medically Underserved Area and a Health Professional Shortage Area. Geographic isolation and weather create an exceptional need for community-based comprehensive health services since the closest hospital in the United States is a 45 minute flight away. The Clinic is overseen by an administrator and staffed by 3 Advanced Nurse Practitioners and 3 Medical Assistants.

The Clinic offers a variety of services including: routine family medicine, urgent care, x-ray facilities, laboratory services, ultrasound, and a limited dispensary. Itinerant physicians also make regular visits to Skagway utilizing the clinic’s facilities. These include a dentist, pediatrician, doctor, public health nurse, physical therapist, and optometrist whom visit Skagway on a rotating basis. The mammogram mobile van visits Skagway on a biannual basis and funds are available from the Fran Delisle Cancer Awareness Fund for financial assistance.

The nearest available hospitals are in Juneau and Whitehorse. These cities also provide a broad range of medical and dental services equal to that of any comparable sized community (30,000 pop.).
The City of Skagway worked with the Denali Commission to design, and construct a new clinic facility in 2010. The new clinic is a modern, state of the art facility with tele-medicine, and digital radiography capabilities. A conceptual phase helped to identify the current and future needs of the community resulting in a clinic that is approximately 11,000 square feet (almost 4 times the size of the old clinic) and ensured that the new design met  all of the codes that the old clinic did not.  The City diligently raised the funds for the estimated $8.0 million construction costs.

Emergency Services have limited highway, marine, air, float plane, and helicopter access. Emergency service is facilitated by 911 telephone service and provided by Skagway Volunteer Fire Dept/EMS and the Skagway Police Department.

Skagway School District

Report Card to the Public shows just how well the students in the Skagway School tested in the 2013-2014 school year.

Operated By:
City of Skagway
Total Number of Schools:
1
Grades:
K through 12, and Preschool
Number of Teachers:
10
Number of Students (2005):
80 (K-12) + 20 Preschool
Student/Teacher Ratio:
10:1
Dropout Rate (9-12 Grade):
 0.0 %
Graduates – 2013
4
Percent Native Students:
 6.0 %

 

Alaska School Performance Index (ASPI)
The Skagway School District has earned a five-star rating on this state wide achievement scale. The ASPI has a rating system of one thru five stars, based on a schools placement within a 100-point scale.  K-8 grades are rated on academic achievement, school progress and attendance rates.  9th -12th grades are rated on academic achievement, school progress, graduation rate, college career readiness and WorkKeys Participation.  The five star rating demonstrates the community’s commitment to ensuring the children of Skagway receive the highest quality education possible. The table below shows the ASPI results for the Skagway School District since it’s inception in 2012.

 

School Year
Grade
Rating
2012-2013
92.58
Four Stars
2013-2014
96.94
Five Stars

 

Educational attainment for Skagway residents are summarized in the table below.

Level Attained
Percent (%)
Less than 9th Grade
0.9
9th -12th Grade (no Diploma)
4.5
High School Graduate
31.7
Some College, no degree
38.7
Associate Degree
2.4
Bachelors Degree
17.4
Graduate or Professional Degree
4.5
High School Graduate or Higher
94.6
Bachelors Degree or Higher
21.8

Source:  US Census Bureau, 2008-2012 American Community Survey

University of Alaska Southeast (UAS)

The University of Alaska Southeast is a growing regional university with the main campus located in Juneau and extended campuses in Sitka and Ketchikan.

Each campus of the University of Alaska Southeast, and the communities in which they’re situated, offers learning experiences and outside-the-classroom opportunities that are totally unique.

The University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus (90 miles from Skagway) is the scholastic home to about 700 full-time and 2,000 part-time students. It offers a variety of degree and certificate programs including master’s and bachelor’s degrees.  All degree programs, and especially programs in public administration and business administration, take advantage of the campus’ location in the state capital. Small classes, personal attention and interaction with faculty, a dynamic location and real educational value are all key components of a UAS education.

The University of Alaska is one statewide institution serving Alaskans and nonresident students through its many campuses.