SEARHC http://searhc.org Wed, 20 Jun 2018 01:07:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wrangell Medical Center and SEARHC Formally Affiliate http://searhc.org/wrangell-medical-center-searhc-formally-affiliate/ Sat, 16 Jun 2018 01:46:13 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4086  WRANGELL – Today, the City and Borough of Wrangell (CBW) announced that SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Wrangell Medical Center (WMC) will officially move forward formalizing an affiliation to transfer the operations of the hospital to SEARHC creating sustainable, quality health services for Wrangell residents. Initially, SEARHC will acquire Wrangell Medical Center assuming operational, […]

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 WRANGELL – Today, the City and Borough of Wrangell (CBW) announced that SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Wrangell Medical Center (WMC) will officially move forward formalizing an affiliation to transfer the operations of the hospital to SEARHC creating sustainable, quality health services for Wrangell residents.

Initially, SEARHC will acquire Wrangell Medical Center assuming operational, financial and legal responsibility of WMC, including a lease with the CBW for the hospital facility. SEARHC will continue operating WMC while building a new healthcare campus adjacent to the Alaska Island Community Services Medical Clinic, which will include a critical access hospital and long-term care facility. The parties’ goal is to transfer the hospital to SEARHC on or after November 1, 2018; and the new campus completed within four years.

 “We have been working with SEARHC since the beginning of this year to develop creative options for a community healthcare solution, including construction of a new hospital, to address the ongoing challenges in the healthcare industry,” stated CBW Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen. “Our collaboration has been highly productive, and we are fortunate to join hands with SEARHC in creating a viable, long-term healthcare solution for our community.”

In April 2018, representatives from the CBW, SEARHC and WMC engaged in a three-day process that included community stakeholders providing input on the feasibility and vision for a combined healthcare system that would offer long-term, high-quality services to Wrangell. The joint efforts ultimately led to an agreed-upon timeline to transition WMC operations to SEARHC and build a comprehensive healthcare campus for Wrangell. Effective immediately, both organizations will begin working together to facilitate a smooth transition for SEARHC to assume responsibility of WMC.

 “Our patients and families are the true beneficiaries of this affiliation,” said WMC’s Long-term Care Medical Director Dr. Lynn Prysunka. “By expanding and improving access to quality healthcare services, our patients’ lives will be further enriched.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity,” commented SEARHC President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Clement. “SEARHC is resolute in our commitment to work with the CBW in developing a healthcare system that responds to our patients’ and community’s health needs and results in economies of scale.”

As a nonprofit organization owned by the CBW, WMC has provided services to the community of Wrangell for nearly 90 years. WMC has a total of 22 beds, eight acute and 14 long-term beds. As part of the transition, WMC will retain its name and continue operating out of its existing facility for the near future.

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SEARHC Recognized for Meeting State’s Healthy Alaskans 2020 Goals http://searhc.org/searhc-recognized-meeting-states-healthy-alaskans-2020-goals/ Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:01:57 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4083 JUNEAU — SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is proud to have been recently recognized by the Alaska Immunization Program for meeting their Healthy Alaskans 2020 (HA2020) goals in 2017. SEARHC’s Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau and Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka were each successful in meeting or exceeding the State’s HA2020 immunization goal with […]

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JUNEAU — SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is proud to have been recently recognized by the Alaska Immunization Program for meeting their Healthy Alaskans 2020 (HA2020) goals in 2017.

SEARHC’s Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau and Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka were each successful in meeting or exceeding the State’s HA2020 immunization goal with a coverage rate of at least 75% of 30 patients or more.

The State’s combined goal for its Healthy Alaskans 2020 and Healthy People 2020 is to increase the percentage of children aged 19 to 35 months who receive the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) recommended vaccination series.   

“’Providing the best healthcare for our communities’ is SEARHC’s stated Mission, and there is no better foundation for that than immunizing children against preventable childhood diseases,” said SEARHC President and CEO, Charles Clement. “We look forward to ensuring that as many children as possible in Southeast Alaska have the opportunity to be protected from what could otherwise be so devastating.” 

While there is a standard schedule for childhood immunizations set by the State of Alaska and CDC for most children, your child’s pediatrician or primary healthcare provider may recommend an alternative schedule that best suits his or her health needs.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to discuss the appropriate immunization schedule for their child with their child’s medical provider.

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Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Medical Provider Makes June 6th Televised Appearance on Season 10 of American Ninja Warrior http://searhc.org/mt-edgecumbe-hospital-medical-provider-makes-june-6th-televised-appearance-season-10-american-ninja-warrior/ Wed, 23 May 2018 00:49:16 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4071 SITKA – Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Nurse Anesthetist, Cody Johnston, CRNA was recently selected to compete in Season 10 of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior.  It will be his third time to compete on the show, but the first time his run on the course, which took place in Los Angeles in March, will be aired nationally. A production crew traveled all the way to Sitka […]

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SITKA – Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Nurse Anesthetist, Cody Johnston, CRNA was recently selected to compete in Season 10 of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. 

It will be his third time to compete on the show, but the first time his run on the course, which took place in Los Angeles in March, will be aired nationally. A production crew traveled all the way to Sitka to film an onsite background piece on Cody to air along with his ‘run.’  

Photo of SEARHC Mt. Edecumbe Hospital CNA aka American Ninja, Cody Johnston

Each season, the television show receives an enormous number of submissions from hopeful competitors, so there is no doubt becoming a contestant on American Ninja Warrior requires an extraordinary physical performance. Having the show find you, your job and the place you live interesting enough to send a crew to your hometown and film your personal story is icing on the cake. 

When asked how he feels about being on the show, Cody said, “Just like my previous two times, I am extremely honored because not everyone that applies gets “the call” and to get “the call” for a third time just blows my mind! I must be doing things the right way. I try to live a positive, fit lifestyle and provide a positive influence on my family and community.  I am truly blessed and humbled by all that has happened to my family and me. My personal message to anyone who has a dream of bettering their lives is to go for it!! Turn your dream into A GOAL!!”

On paper, Mr. Johnston may seem like an unlikely American Ninja Warrior contestant as he appears to be a bit of a bookworm. He earned a Master’s of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from Arkansas State University and spent much of his career at a critical access hospital in Warrensburg, Missouri. He also had career stops in Hot Springs, Arkansas and Little Rock, Arkansas. A specialty rotation in rural southeast Arkansas peaked his interest in small, community-driven hospitals where care can be challenging. Upon his arrival in Sitka and at SEARHC’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, he said, “I felt an overwhelming sense of belonging, and from day one I knew this was the place I needed to be.”

Cody Johnston was Enlisted US Navy from 1998-2003 and deployed to Iraq in ‘03 with the 1st Marine Division. He was a Hospital Corpsman (medic) and also a certified surgical technician. He said, “The Navy is what gave me a goal to shoot for academically, which led me to the career path I chose.” After leaving the Navy and finishing his undergraduate degree, Cody joined the US Air Force Reserves and was commissioned as an officer. He served four years active reserve time and while currently “Inactive,” he still holds his commission. Johnston adds, “I have had many experiences in my career, and it all began when I joined the Navy. I can say that short of being a surgeon; I have held EVERY position in the operating room including scrub tech, circulator, first assist, charge nurse, pre and post op, and even sterile processing.” 

Having an interest in fitness and American Ninja Warrior is probably an extreme understatement, because when Johnston was asked to list his personal interests on his provider information form for SEARHC, he listed, “Fitness, American Ninja Warrior, and spending time with my family, which usually involves fitness and American Ninja Warrior.” Enough said. He and his wife even opened an “American Ninja-style gym for kids, Kronos Titan Ninja Training, in the old Allen Marine building on Smith Street in 2016.

What made him decide to apply for the show in the first place? His three children insisted that he could do it and finally convinced him to try in 2014. His 3-minute video included a stop-action Lego animation of “Lego Cody” tackling the ANW course, complete with color commentary. That got him a spot competing in the show’s San Pedro, All-Military Regional. While Cody did not appear on the show that year or the next time he tried, he insisted each time, “I am going to go a lot further than I did last year.” He did.

For those that aren’t aware, the American Ninja Warrior series follows competitors as they attempt a series of extremely demanding obstacle courses in both qualifying and finals rounds across the country. Those who complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a four-stage course modeled after the famous Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan. The winner will take home a grand prize of $1,000,000. So far, only one person has claimed that prize, but perhaps with all of Southeast Alaska rooting for him, Cody will be second.

Season 10 of American Ninja Warrior premieres Wednesday, May 30, 2018, on NBC. Cody will appear on the second show of the season, Wednesday, June 6. As far as additional appearances or hints as to whether or not he will move on to the next round of competition, Cody is sworn to secrecy. His fellow Southeast Alaskan neighbors, along with the rest of the country will have to wait and see.

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Celebration 2018 in Juneau http://searhc.org/celebration-2018-juneau/ Thu, 17 May 2018 02:35:51 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4068 The theme this year is Respect: Weigh Your Words. For four days every two years, the streets of Juneau fill with Native people of all ages dressed in the signature regalia of clans from throughout Southeast Alaska and beyond. There is traditional song and dance. Arts and crafts. Food. And people speaking local Native languages. […]

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The theme this year is Respect: Weigh Your Words.

For four days every two years, the streets of Juneau fill with Native people of all ages dressed in the signature regalia of clans from throughout Southeast Alaska and beyond. There is traditional song and dance. Arts and crafts. Food. And people speaking local Native languages.

This is Celebration, our biennial festival of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures.

Celebration is one of the largest gatherings of Southeast Alaska Native peoples and is the second-largest event sponsored by Alaska Natives in the State of Alaska.  The event draws about 5,000 people, including more than 2,000 dancers. Thousands more watch the event online.

For the 2018 Celebration schedule visit the Sealaska Heritage web site here

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High School Students Complete SEARHC Program Introducing Them to Health Careers http://searhc.org/high-school-students-complete-searhc-program-introducing-health-careers-2/ Fri, 11 May 2018 23:08:34 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4063 SITKA  – Recently, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) welcomed seventeen Alaska Native/American Indian high school students to learn about health careers. The students participated in the 2018 Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program (VHOP) that took place from April 23 – 26 in Sitka. Each year, the Southeast-area Native students selected by SEARHC for VHOP […]

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SITKA  – Recently, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) welcomed seventeen Alaska Native/American Indian high school students to learn about health careers. The students participated in the 2018 Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program (VHOP) that took place from April 23 – 26 in Sitka.

Each year, the Southeast-area Native students selected by SEARHC for VHOP spend nearly a week at the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital learning about different health careers and educational opportunities in healthcare. This year’s group was among the largest and represented Angoon, Aniak, Barrow, Fort Yukon, Klawock, Kotlik, Hoonah, Juneau, Newhalen, Savoonga, St. Paul Island, and Tyonek. 

The students’ chaperones for the week were guides from SEARHC’s Alaska Crossings program and chosen specifically for their unique training to work with young people.

VHOP 2018 students

Activities began with a cultural orientation, campus tour, and a hospital safety presentation. Highlights of the week included lunch with SEARHC’s Chief Operating Officer, and Interim MEH Hospital Administrator, an overnight trip to Biorka Island that included leadership and communication training, and a particularly special meeting with SEARHC and VHOP founder, Ethel Lund at the Alaska Pioneers Home in Sitka.

Students also heard a presentation from SEARHC Behavioral Health, spent time with SEARHC nurses stations, learned about vital non-medical roles, as well as spent time with SEARHC Dental staff and various SEARHC Health Educators. They also each gave a presentation at a luncheon with SEARHC’s Board of Directors.

VHOP participant Stormy Simeon from Juneau said, “The VHOP program was an amazing opportunity to learn about the medical field. I loved all the presentations, and I learned so much about different health careers and widened my perspective of the healthcare field.”  

Professional opportunities in healthcare are growing at a rapid pace. Health-related jobs offer rewarding careers with excellent compensation and benefits, as well as job stability. The goal of VHOP is to cultivate and encourage an interest in healthcare, and hopefully, become inspired to seek a future in the field. 

Desiree Jamestown, a VHOP participant from Angoon, demonstrated that inspiration when she said, “Thanks for making this an amazing experience for me. I had a great time, and I really want to be a nurse and work in Sitka when I am older.”

For more information about VHOP and how students can enroll in next year’s program, parents and students can visit searhc.org/careers/education-training.

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Sitka Health Fair http://searhc.org/sitka-health-fair-2/ Tue, 17 Apr 2018 01:02:11 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4042 Saturday, May 5  |  8 am – 12 noon  |  Harrigan Centennial Hall  |  330 Harbor Dr. Join us at the Sitka Health Fair for local health & wellness resources. Talk with professionals about health, diabetes, nutrition, exercise, stress relief and more! This is a great time to get your vitamin D checked! 11 affordable […]

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Saturday, May 5  |  8 am – 12 noon  |  Harrigan Centennial Hall  |  330 Harbor Dr.

Join us at the Sitka Health Fair for local health & wellness resources. Talk with professionals about health, diabetes, nutrition, exercise, stress relief and more! This is a great time to get your vitamin D checked!

11 affordable blood tests available

  • Chemistry/Hematology (27 panels) – $45
  • Thyroid Screen – $35
  • Prostate Disease Screen – $25
  • Vitamin D Screen – $50
  • A1C Diabetes – $25
  • Ferritin – $35
  • Blood Typing – $20
  • Vitamin B12 – $35
  • Allergy respiratory – $195
  • Testosterone (men) – $55
  • Celiac Disease – $35

Contact Heleena van Veen @ 966-8914 or Heleena.vanveen@searhc.org.For more information about tests visit www.alaskahealthfair.org.

The Sitka Health Fair is sponsored by SEARHC

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Sitkans Invited to Lunch and a Medicare and Social Security Retirement Benefits Presentation http://searhc.org/sitkans-invited-lunch-medicare-social-security-retirement-benefits-presentation/ Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:40:42 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4034 SITKA – SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Cynthia Gibson, CFP® with Waddell & Reed, Inc. are inviting all Sitkans to lunch and a joint presentation* aimed at answering questions about Medicare and Social Security retirement benefits on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at Harrigan Centennial Hall. It is common for people to […]

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SITKA – SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Cynthia Gibson, CFP® with Waddell & Reed, Inc. are inviting all Sitkans to lunch and a joint presentation* aimed at answering questions about Medicare and Social Security retirement benefits on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

It is common for people to be unsure of their Medicare options, the coverage they need, and when they should sign up to begin receiving Social Security benefits. Susan Briles, a Certified Medicare Specialist with the Outreach & Enrollment team at SEARHC, will speak about Medicare options and avoid the pitfalls and penalties that may surprise some. Cynthia Gibson, CFP® a Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed will speak about how to make the most of the Social Security benefits available.  Both will be available for questions following their presentations.

SEARHC is a Certified Application Counselor agency offering free assistance to all Southeast residents.  For more information, call Susan Briles at SEARHC, (907) 966-8662 or Cynthia Gibson at Waddell & Reed, (907) 966-2803. Individuals may also find additional health insurance information by visiting SEARHC Outreach & Enrollment.

*SEARHC and Waddell & Reed, Inc. are not affiliated.

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SEARHC Announces Spring 2018 Mobile Mammogram Schedule   http://searhc.org/searhc-announces-spring-2018-mobile-mammogram-schedule/ Mon, 09 Apr 2018 19:15:54 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4016 JUNEAU – The SouthEast Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program (WISEWOMAN), in partnership with the Breast Cancer Detection Center, is pleased to announce the Spring 2018 mobile mammography schedule. The mobile van will visit Angoon April 26-27, Gustavus May 1, Kake May 4-5, Haines May 7-11, and Yakutat May 23-24. The WISEWOMAN team will also be available for appointments at […]

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JUNEAU – The SouthEast Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program (WISEWOMAN), in partnership with the Breast Cancer Detection Center, is pleased to announce the Spring 2018 mobile mammography schedule.

The mobile van will visit Angoon April 26-27, Gustavus May 1, Kake May 4-5, Haines May 7-11, and Yakutat May 23-24. The WISEWOMAN team will also be available for appointments at these times.

All women are at risk of getting breast cancer. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers and the second leading cause of cancer death (after lung cancer) among Alaskan women. But, early detection of breast cancer through regular screening increases the chances of early intervention and long-term survival. SEARHC is removing the geographical barriers to mammography for women who would otherwise have to travel to receive breast cancer screening.

“SEARHC WISEWOMAN is delighted to provide this service and proud to be able to offer the latest digital technology to our patients and hope women take advantage of the convenience and cost savings of having the mobile mammography van travel to you. We also strongly encourage women to contact their local clinic to schedule an appointment with their provider for a Women’s Health Exam,” says Pam Sloper, a WISEWOMAN RN. She adds, “This is a great time to address all of your health concerns and talk with your provider about what screenings are right for you.”

The SEARHC WISEWOMAN program not only makes mobile state-of-the-art digital mammography technology possible for women in the region, but the program also provides free clinical breast exams, Pap tests, cardiovascular screenings for all women ages 30-64, and mammograms for women ages 40-64 who meet income and insurance guidelines.

For more information about mobile mammography or to make an appointment, please contact your local clinic, or call the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program at 1-888-388-8782. 

To learn more about the services available visit the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health program.

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Kake Healthy Lifestyle Sessions http://searhc.org/kake-healthy-lifestyle-sessions-2/ Mon, 09 Apr 2018 18:09:39 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4036 Every Wednesday  |  April 4–June 20  |  Kake Health Center conference room Healthy Lifestyle sessions are held on Wednesdays, starting April 4 through June 20, time to be announced. 12 Healthy Lifestyle sessions will be at the Kake Clinic conference room at SEARHC. Must be 18 years or older to participate.  Goals: lose 7% of your body […]

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Every Wednesday  |  April 4–June 20  |  Kake Health Center conference room

Healthy Lifestyle sessions are held on Wednesdays, starting April 4 through June 20, time to be announced. 12 Healthy Lifestyle sessions will be at the Kake Clinic conference room at SEARHC. Must be 18 years or older to participate. 

Goals: lose 7% of your body weight by eating healthier and exercising 150 minutes/week. The small group setting and evidence-based curriculum help support life-long changes.

Call Georgie Davis-Gastelum in Health Promotion at SEARHC: 785-6514, or email: georginad@searhc.org. 

 

 

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SEARHC Presents Doc Talks in Sitka http://searhc.org/searhc-presents-doc-talks-sitka/ Fri, 06 Apr 2018 21:46:30 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4007 3 Events  |  April 17th, May 1st and 15th  |  Sitka Public Library  |  320 Harbor Drive Join us at the Sitka Public Library for free health focused presentations by Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital providers. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be provided. These events are free and open to the entire community. No registration necessary.  Tuesday, April […]

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3 Events  |  April 17th, May 1st and 15th  |  Sitka Public Library  |  320 Harbor Drive

Join us at the Sitka Public Library for free health focused presentations by Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital providers. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be provided. These events are free and open to the entire community. No registration necessary. 

Tuesday, April 17, from 6-7pm at the Sitka Public Library
“Diabetes: Don’t Sugar Coat It!” presented by Kelly Lakin, RD, LD

Tuesday, May 1, from 6-7pm at the Sitka Public Library
“Why Bike? The Astounding Benefits of Riding a Bicycle” presented by Irbert Vega, MD

Tuesday, May 15, from 6-7pm at the Sitka Public Library
“Exercise As Medicine” presented by Gio Villanueva, PT, DPT, ATC

For more information call 966-8728 or contact Jo DeBell at jod@searhc.org.

 

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