November 29 2012
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) on Nov. 19 hosted the grand opening of the new SEARHC Prince of Wales Island Eye Care Clinic in Klawock.
The new clinic space is located in the Klawock Mall (6488 Klawock-Hollis Highway, Space 4), between the credit union and the post office. SEARHC optometrist Dr. Annelle Maygren, OD, has been working out of the Alicia Roberts Medical Center since this summer, and the new location will allow her to offer a full range of eye-care services.
“We are very excited to have an eye clinic that can provide all of the needed eye care and eye wear services to the residents of POW all weeks of the year,” Dr. Maygren said. “I would like to thank all of the many people who worked so hard to help make the SEARHC POW Eye Clinic a reality.”
Two new optometry assistants — Vivian Stuart and Chrissy Hayes — have been hired to help Dr. Maygren in the clinic. The two assistants are being trained to help with eyeglass frame fitting, a service the POW optometry clinic hasn’t been able to offer in the past unless someone from the Sitka optometry clinic was in town.
“It is exciting to expand the eye care services on Prince of Wales,” said SEARHC S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Eye Clinic Manager Dr. Pam Steffes, OD, whose clinic in Sitka provided intermittent eye care to Prince of Wales Island until Dr. Maygren was hired. “This will allow us to offer full-time comprehensive eye care to our POW patients, a service that has been needed for a long time.”
“The opening of our new eye clinic went very well; we had a great turn out,” said Joyce Moore, SEARHC Alicia Roberts Medical Center Administrator. “Watching the transformation happen from the ground up was exciting, it took a great deal of work and coordination. Thank you to everyone who played a role in making this happen for our people. To be able to provide eye care on a permanent basis is a great service for all our patients here on POW.”
POW optometry patients can call the new eye clinic’s phone number of 755-4967 to schedule an appointment.