Our Story

SEARHC is a non-profit tribal health consortium of 18 Native communities, which serves the health interests of the Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, and other Native people of Southeast Alaska. We are one of the oldest and largest Native-run health organizations in the nation.

SEARHC was established in 1975 under the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination Act. The intent of this legislation was to have Indian Health Service programs and facilities turned over to tribal management. Our contracting with IHS began in 1976 when we took over management of the Community Health Aides Program. In 1982, we took over operation of the IHS Juneau clinic, now the Ethel Lund Medical Center, and took over operation of Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in 1986.

The Consortium

Our highest priority is to be responsive to the needs of the communities we serve. We maintain strong ties to the communities, to our culture, and to our elders. Wherever possible we incorporate traditional Native cultural practices and values into our health care delivery system. To ensure the needs of each community are met the tribal governing body in each community selects a representative to serve on our Board of Directors.

Our Focus on Quality

At our Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital and Ethel Lund Medical Center, we offer services that meet established national standards of excellence as demonstrated in our accreditation reviews by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Our Mission

Alaska Native People working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities.

Our Values

  • We value healthy lifestyle choices among the people in Southeast Alaska
  • We value a high quality and responsive health system through a process of continuous improvement
  • We value respect and dignity for patients, visitors and staff

We value effective partnerships among staff and Native people.

Our Strategic Plan

The focus of our top strategic themes comprise the “SEARHC View 2018” and assert that by 2018, we desire to be able to objectively demonstrate that SEARHC is:

  1. The provider of choice in our communities, which will be noted through our provision of quality care and improvements to access across the consortium.
  2. The employer of choice for clinical providers and staff, which will be achieved through consistent employee engagement, fair compensation and targeted recruitment.
  3. Utilizing strategic and financially-secure strategies to support growth and sustainability in an everchanging healthcare market by optimizing technology and making strategic improvements in our systems.
  4. Committed to addressing the increasing health care needs of our elderly population through partnerships that improve access and by evaluating service line opportunities.
  5. Providing a high quality healthcare experience through constant improvement in communication and facilities.
  6. Embracing inclusiveness of our cultures and expanding vital healthcare services to all members of the community by establishing a consistent process across the consortium.
  7. Successfully focusing on the leading causes of death among southeast Alaskan people – cancer, heart disease and unintentional injury – through lifestyle counseling and improving our data collection of preventive indicators and screens.