JUNEAU – Last week, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) completed its latest Operational Site Visit conducted by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), the agency that provides grant funding dedicated to the operation of our primary care clinics outside of Juneau and Sitka. The visit was extremely successful with the preliminary HRSA report showing SEARHC met 100% of the 19 measured criteria.

 The site visits are conducted on a three-year schedule with the goal of assessing SEARHC’s overall compliance with the HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care’s 19 Program Requirements, which encompass the areas of clinical services, finance, management, and governance.

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SITKA – Children having high quality, affordable health coverage means they receive medical attention if they get sick or injured and the routine preventive care that keeps them healthy. Many families are aware that free and low-cost health insurance is available through Medicaid/Denali KidCare. Still, some parents are not aware their children are eligible, leaving a substantial number of children uninsured. Read more

On May 22, the new and expanded Children’s Dental Clinic in the SEARHC dental building in Juneau began seeing patients. The expansion has been in the planning stages since 2014 and was the logical next step in providing all children in the community, many of whom are recipients of Denali Kid Care, with access to dental care. With more space and more dentists, SEARHC can care for the oral health of more children in Juneau. Read more

Sitka –  Today, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) proposed to the Sitka Assembly (Assembly) that SEARHC lease the Sitka Community Hospital (SCH) facility and acquire all of its operating assets and operations to create a sustainable healthcare delivery system for Sitka.

“As community and healthcare leaders in Sitka, we are at a decision point regarding healthcare delivery,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Clement. “With Alaska facing serious fiscal challenges and the 2018 state budget cuts to Medicaid reimbursement, two stand-alone hospitals pose unnecessary risk and uncertainty. Read more

SITKA — Sitka Public Health and SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Outreach and Enrollment are hosting a “Health Insurance Day” on Friday, June 16 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. The free event will be at the Public Health office, located at 210 Moller Avenue next to Moller Park.

SEARHC Outreach & Enrollment staff will be on site to answer questions related to health coverage and can assist people applying for insurance including Medicaid, the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, and veteran’s benefits.

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JUNEAU – For safety’s sake, gauges on all pressure canners should be tested at least once a year to ensure proper pressure during the canning process. Jars not cooked at the recommended pressure may allow bacteria called Clostridium botulinum to survive and grow inside a sealed jar of food producing a poisonous toxin. Even a small taste of food containing this toxin can be fatal. One way to prevent food spoilage is to make certain that the gauge of the pressure canner is accurate when home canning.

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The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium 2017 Distinguished Provider Award was presented to Thomas Bornstein, DDS, Dental Department, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium on March 25th in Anchorage. 

Dr. Tom Bornstein is a career-long advocate of Alaska Native oral health, and a truly remarkable public health visionary. Through his innovation, persistence and commitment to core public health principles, thousands of Alaska Native people have had their lives improved through oral health.  Read more