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Juneau, Alaska WRITE Site

Valley Medical Care
1801 Salmon Creek Lane
Juneau, AK 99801
Office: 907-586-2434

Valley Medical Care Clinic Site Co-coordinator:
Robert L. Urata, M.D.
: bcurata@gci.net
Family Medicine w/Obstetrics

Dr. Urata is an Alaska WWAMI graduate from 1973 (3rd WWAMI Class). He completed his Family Medicine Residency at University Hospital at University of Washington in 1980.  He has Added Qualification in Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. He volunteers as the Hospice Medical Director since 1987.  He was born and raised in Wrangell, Alaska.  


Valley Medical Care Clinic Site Co-coordinator:
Richard Welling, M.D.: rkwell@gci.net,

Family Medicine Dr.Richard Welling was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1995 and completed his family medicine residency in 1998 at the rural track of the University of Utah's School of Medicine. He served as a volunteer medical officer at Maua Hospital in the Kenyan Highlands, and has since done locums work in the far north of New Zealand. He is certified as a Diplomat with the American Board of Family Medicine, and served a mission in France for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Karlynn, have four children and love to travel. Unlike Dr. Urata, Dr. Welling does not require chocolate cookies from all rotating medical students.

Participating Clinic Physicians

Taylor Dunn, M.D. was raised in Choteau, Montana. He is a Washington WWAMI graduate from 1999 and completed a Family Medicine residency at Ventura County Medical Center. He is one of three Peace Corps volunteers in the practice. Dr. Dunn has worked in Antarctica and at various bush sites in Alaska. He has a special interest in family planning.

Daniel Kim, M.D. was born in Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree in Religion/Pre-med from Pacific Union College and his medical degree from Northwestern University. He completed a residency in Family Medicine at Tacoma Family Medicine and is board certified in Family Medicine. He previously worked as a faculty physician in the Air Force at Scott AFB. In 2009 he was awarded Faculty of the Year in Family Medicine. His special interests include obstetrics, pediatrics, endoscopy and minor surgery. He is married and has two children.


Valley Medical Care Clinic Site Administrator:
Lance Campbell:

Valley Medical Care ClinicValley Medical Care is a full spectrum family medicine practice. Since there are few specialties in Juneau, the Family Practitioners are asked to provide services often covered by specialists in larger communities. There are close to 300+ deliveries a year, done by family physicians. Family physicians do colonoscopies, c-sections, vasectomies, colposcopies and skin biopsies.

. www.valleymedicalcare.com


Bartlett Memorial Hospital, www.bartletthospital.org, is the community owned hospital approved for 55 acute care beds. An expansion finished in 2008, increased the size of the hospital, including a new emergency room, critical care unit, diagnostic imaging center and labor and delivery unit. There also is an inpatient mental health unit.

Nursing Home:

Wildflower Court Nursing Home: patients are followed by primary care physicians. Rounds are done regularly.

What to Expect:
Valley Medical has a hospitalist program where one family physician does hospital work 8am-5pm Monday through Thursday and another takes Friday to Sunday. Night call is from 5pm-8am daily covered by another family physician. There are opportunities to assist in surgery and take call. There are specialty clinics in Cardiology, Vascular Surgery and Oncology. 

Size & Location:
Juneau is located in the Panhandle of Southeast Alaska, 900 air miles north of Seattle and 600 air miles south of Anchorage. Juneau lies on a small strip of land between sea level and 3,800 feet peaks. Of Juneau's entire 3,248 square mile size, there are 928 square miles of ice cap, 704 square miles of water, and only 264 square miles of urban development. Another 1,352 square miles are wildnerness and rainforest. To see a map of where we are located and/or get directions from other locations, go to maps.google.com (for directions, click "Get Directions" in the upper left-hand corner where you can input the starting address).

Alaska Airlines has several northbound and southbound flights per day. The Alaska Ferry system provides daily service in and out of the community.  

Efficiency Apartment

Interesting Facts:
Juneau was established as the State Capital in 1900 and was originally a mining community.  It has no road access.  Approximately thirty one thousand people live in the Juneau Borough, which covers 2,700 square miles (that is 11 people per square mile). One quarter of the population is under 18 and the median income is sixty thousand dollars mainly from fishing, the service industry and government employment. Juneau has a robust tourism industry in the summer from the cruise lines. It is common to have two Alaska Cruise Ships each with 2,000-4,000 tourists in town at one time. During the annual January to May legislative session, the community again increases with legislators, their staffs, lobbyists, and other interested parties.

Extracurricular Activities: www.juneau.org

  • Alaska State Museum
  • House of Wickersham
  • Juneau-Douglas City Museum
  • Patsy Ann Statue
  • Mt. Roberts Tram
  • Trails

Weather Trends:
Juneau has a mild, maritime climate. The mean annual temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter temperatures seldom drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit and summer temperatures seldom exceed 65 degrees. Abundant rainfall contributes to the growth of very large Sitka spruce and Western hemlock in the coastal forests and to abundant fish populations in local waters. Snowfall is heavy in most winters, averaging 101 inches. Statistically, June is the month with the least rainfall. Juneau does not have the "midnight sun" experienced further north in Alaska, but day length is much longer in the summer and much shorter in the winter than in the "Lower 48" states.

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