SEARHC http://searhc.org Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:14:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SEARHC to Acquire Sitka Physical Therapy and Expand Services http://searhc.org/searhc-acquire-sitka-physical-therapy-expand-services/ Tue, 07 Aug 2018 17:40:59 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4148 SITKA – Sitka Physical Therapy, LLC (Sitka PT) and SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) announced today that they are preparing to affiliate.  Combining Sitka PT with SEARHC will provide improved access to quality physical therapy services for all Sitkans and greatly enhance the sports medicine services offered to SEARHC patients. The affiliation will also strengthen the […]

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SITKA – Sitka Physical Therapy, LLC (Sitka PT) and SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) announced today that they are preparing to affiliate. 

Combining Sitka PT with SEARHC will provide improved access to quality physical therapy services for all Sitkans and greatly enhance the sports medicine services offered to SEARHC patients. The affiliation will also strengthen the Consortium’s already excellent staff, and high-quality service portfolio in delivering pain management, rehabilitation, and long-term care services.

Both SEARHC and Sitka PT share a commitment to ensuring Sitkans benefit from ongoing access to timely, top-level care. The acquisition is expected to be effective September 1, 2018.

“Sitka Physical Therapy has been a key provider and is well respected in the community,” said SEARHC President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Clement. “Our patients are our top priority. With the expansion of orthopedic services and the affiliation with Sitka PT, Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital patients will benefit from additional resources, state-of-the-art treatment and recovery, and prevention services.”

Founded by Eric Speck, MSPT, ATC in 1999, Sitka PT is Sitka’s only private outpatient physical therapy practice offering a comprehensive menu of rehabilitative services. Co-owned with Alicia Haseltine, PT, DPT, CMPT, the practice staffs four highly skilled providers and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic and sports-related injuries as well as on-sitelocal sporting event coverage.

“We pride ourselves in offering personalized, one-on-one active treatment with an emphasis on total wellness and fitness that is exclusively under the care of a licensed physical therapist,” said Speck. “By teaming with SEARHC, we seize an opportunity to collaborate with high-level providers and support services which will further our mutual goal of providing the best orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for Sitka and Southeast.”

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Diabetes Educator Certification Earned by Third SEARHC Registered Dietitian http://searhc.org/diabetes-educator-certification-earned-third-searhc-registered-dietitian/ Tue, 07 Aug 2018 01:42:22 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4144 HAINES – Kate Fossman, RDN, LD, Registered Dietitian for SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) clinics in Haines, Klukwan, Hoonah, Kake, and Angoon, recently earned her credentials as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).  Kate completed the practice requirement and passed the national credentialing exam in June. She joins fellow SEARHC CDEs Lisa Schwartz, nurse case manager […]

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HAINES – Kate Fossman, RDN, LD, Registered Dietitian for SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) clinics in Haines, Klukwan, Hoonah, Kake, and Angoon, recently earned her credentials as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). 

Kate completed the practice requirement and passed the national credentialing exam in June. She joins fellow SEARHC CDEs Lisa Schwartz, nurse case manager at the Haines Health Center, and Michelle Vaughn, Pharmacist at Ethel Lund Medical Center (ELMC), in offering diabetes counseling and education.

SEARHC is committed to providing the best care possible in the communities we serve. SEARHC offers a full range of health care services for people that have diabetes or those at risk of getting diabetes, including diabetes education, care, and prevention services, nutrition education and visiting medical specialists. In some locations, multi-session classes are available to help people to stay on track with their health goals. This certification allows the program to offers additional support within its well-established diabetes care.

Ms. Fossman looks forward to helping patients achieve their health and diabetes goals and has a personal connection to living with diabetes through her grandfather.

Kate said, “About a year ago, my grandfather passed away after living with diabetes and being on insulin for over 20 years. As I was studying for the exam, I thought back fondly to when he would teach me about diabetes, using himself as an example. He’d show me how he drew up insulin, pinch his “spare tire” around his belly, and where he hid his candy in case of low blood sugar. When insulin pens became available, he got them and showed off how he could inject his insulin through his shirt.” In his memory, she is eager to show people how to manage their diabetes for a long and healthy life.

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Mobile Mammography Van Visit in Haines August 24-28 http://searhc.org/mobile-mammography-van-visit-haines-august-24-28/ Thu, 02 Aug 2018 17:38:17 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4137 Book your appointment now! SEARHC’s WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program, in partnership with the Breast Cancer Detection Center, is pleased to bring mobile mammography with the latest digital technology to your community. For more information, or to make an appointment, call 907.766.6367 or the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Program toll-free at 1.888.388.8782

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Book your appointment now!

SEARHC’s WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program, in partnership with the Breast Cancer Detection Center, is pleased to bring mobile mammography with the latest digital technology to your community.

For more information, or to make an appointment, call 907.766.6367 or the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Program toll-free at 1.888.388.8782

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RUN for Baranoff School Supplies http://searhc.org/run-baranoff-school-supplies/ Thu, 02 Aug 2018 17:26:36 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4133 A Stride 365 event Registration is at 9:00am and the race starts at 9:30am at the O’Connell Bridge Lightering Facility. There is a 5K run or 2 mile walk– part of 12 months of running sponsored by SEARHC and #runsitka. The $10 registration fee/donation will benefit a great cause.

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A Stride 365 event

Registration is at 9:00am and the race starts at 9:30am at the O’Connell Bridge Lightering Facility. There is a 5K run or 2 mile walk– part of 12 months of running sponsored by SEARHC and #runsitka.

The $10 registration fee/donation will benefit a great cause.

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Get Colorful For A Cause: 1st annual 5k Color Run in Haines http://searhc.org/get-colorful-cause-1st-annual-5k-color-run-haines/ Wed, 11 Jul 2018 23:18:23 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4125 Haines/Klukwan community 5k run July 25th, 2018  |  Registration @ 4:00 pm  |  Run Starts @ 4:30 pm  |  FREE! Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds  Registration table and event to begin in parking lot. Course will be marked with white Arrows. Everyone is welcome! Runners, walkers, adults, children, locals, non-locals, even pets! The Color Run is […]

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Haines/Klukwan community 5k run

July 25th, 2018  |  Registration @ 4:00 pm  |  Run Starts @ 4:30 pm  |  FREE!

Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds 

Registration table and event to begin in parking lot. Course will be marked with white Arrows. Everyone is welcome! Runners, walkers, adults, children, locals, non-locals, even pets!

The Color Run is designed to promote healthy lifestyles and awareness within our communities. This event focuses on promoting wellness and healthy relationships as well as awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault in our community; bringing us all together to create happy and healthy memories!

Start with a white t-shirt (provided). End covered in color!

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Our Way of Life: local foods event in 7 Southeast Communities http://searhc.org/way-life-local-foods-event-7-southeast-communities/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 22:57:34 +0000 http://searhc.org/?p=4114 July 2, 2018 through July 31, 2018– join SEARHC in engaging with local foods during the bountiful summer season. SEARHC Health Promotion in Haines, Hoonah, Juneau, Kake, Klawock, Klukwan and Sitka are hosting events. Visit searhc.org/action for information, to register, download and print a registration form along with an activity log.  Eating local, nutrient-dense foods available in […]

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July 2, 2018 through July 31, 2018– join SEARHC in engaging with local foods during the bountiful summer season. SEARHC Health Promotion in Haines, Hoonah, Juneau, Kake, Klawock, Klukwan and Sitka are hosting events.

Visit searhc.org/action for information, to register, download and print a registration form along with an activity log. 

Eating local, nutrient-dense foods available in Southeast Alaska is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It has nutritional benefits as well as physical, mental, and cultural significance. Benefits may include:

  • Local foods can be fresher.
  • Local foods reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Locally grown food is full of flavor.
  • Local foods available in Southeast Alaska are full of nutrients.
  • Harvesting and sharing foods can help create community.
  • Getting outside and engaging with your environment can help improve your mental health & mood.

Suggested Activities:

  • Gathering local / traditional foods
  • Processing local / traditional foods
  • Eating local / traditional foods
  • Sharing local / traditional foods with elders, family, and friends
  • Gardening activities

If you have questions after visiting searhc.org/action, please contact the Health Educator in your community.

  • Haines: Kate Fossman, 907 766-6303, katef@searhc.org
  • Hoonah: Kenya Skaflestad, 907 945-2761, kenyas@searhc.org
  • Juneau: Hannah Schlosstein, 907 364-4404, hschlosstein@searhc.org
  • Kake: Health Educator, 907 364-4404, hschlosstein@searhc.org
  • Klawock: June May, 907 755-4959, junem@searhc.org
  • Klukwan: Joanne Spud, 907 766-6319, joannes@searhc.org
  • Sitka: Heleena vanVeen, 907 966-8914, heleenav@searhc.org

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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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