SEARHC receives grant to expand Haines Health Center

October 27 2010

The U.S. Health Resource and Services Administration recently awarded the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) with a $1.3 million grant to expand and renovate the SEARHC Haines Health Center. The Haines Health Center currently provides primary medical care, dental, physical therapy, emergency and frontier extended stay care services in the clinic, with behavioral health and health promotion services being offered in leased space outside the clinic. The construction project will increase the size of the clinic and make changes in the layout to improve patient flow and efficiency. The expanded facility will improve the overall quality of care for patients and the work environment for staff. Patient confidentiality also will be improved. SEARHC will build a 700-square-foot addition to the clinic that will provide more room for offices while allowing clinical services to expand within the current space so they can be more efficiently provided to patients. Once the addition is complete, SEARHC will renovate 928 square feet of the existing clinic space. “The grant will be used to increase clinical space as well as add administrative offices,” SEARHC Haines Health Center Administrator Marcia Scott said. “We will expand our physical therapy room, add a hospital room for our extended stay patients as part of our Frontier Extended Stay Clinic service (this room can double as an exam room when not used for extended care), and update/renovate two of our older exam rooms. We will relocate the x-ray equipment, since the current x-ray room hasn't been renovated since the 1970s. “The grant enables us to create new administrative offices (some of our staff don't have a designated office space to work, or space is rented off site). The grant will provide for a larger telecommunications space, since the current closet is cramped, overheats and — as we implement an electronic health record — we may need to add additional equipment. It will help us address other space priorities, confidentiality concerns, as well as ventilation problems.”