Our Story

SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska.

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. We are one of the oldest and largest Native-run health organizations in the nation.

Our Mission

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

Our Vision

Partnering with our communities to promote a healthy balance of mind, body, and spirit.

Our Values

  • Respect

  • Cultural Identity

  • Service

  • Professionalism

  • Compassion

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 ever-changing 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.