Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation will always remember Paul John for the legacy in helping name YKHC’s strategic plan as Napartet. Napartet is a Yup’ik word that can mean a post or pillar; a trail marker; or even a mast on a boat.
As many within the YKHC already know, Paul John helped name YKHC’s strategic plan after telling a story about how he and his father used Napartet to safely sail their commercial fishing boat in Bristol Bay in Alaska’s territorial days.
In 2014 CEO Dan Winkelman initiated a region-wide survey of employees,
patients and tribal representatives, asking what would you like to be
able to say about YKHC in five years? With answers to these questions as
a guide, plans for how to achieve this vision began to take shape.