President’s Special Update for Oct. 15, 2011

In this edition...

In this special edition …

Board of Directors annual meeting: The SEARHC Board of Directors held its quarterly and annual meeting this week at the Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau. The board had several committee meetings over the last few days including the Audit and Finance, Accreditation Governing Body, Planning, Community Action, and Strategic Planning committees. Operational and financial reports were provided to the board during the meeting. As part of the annual meeting, the board also held its elections and set its meeting schedule for the year.

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Tribal organization updates: Several tribal organizations provided updates to our Board in addition to our operational and financial reports. The Healing Hand Foundation informed the board about its current activities, including the Walter and Genevieve Soboleff Endowment and matching funds from the Sealaska Corporation. Newly-elected ANS Grand President Mary Brown gave the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) and Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS) Grand Camp report. SEARHC looks forward to regular reports as we are the grandchild of the ANB and ANS. Yodean Armour presented current activities of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Mr. Andy Teuber, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) President, and Gary Shaw, Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) Administrator, provided an informational presentation on improvements at our tertiary care facility in Anchorage. The board heard comments from patients and a presentation on surface transportation in the region. Sue Ann Lindoff and Rachel Moreno provided a report on the Alaska Native Health Board (ANHB).

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Board approves strategic plan: The Board of Directors approved an updated strategic plan this week. The approved plan concludes an ongoing effort to integrate strategic and financial planning into a single document. The new plan creates strategic goals and operational priorities for SEARHC. Core services are established for each community and gaps between ideal core services and current service delivery are identified. This plan will guide SEARHC in the development of current and future services to meet our mission and vision. The plan includes a description of current priorities, a health summary of our region, goals and operational priorities, and community profiles. The new document will be published for distribution in November 2011. The board’s Community Action Committee included the new strategic priorities and core services in its semiannual surveys for community input.

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Board elects officers: Each fall the board holds elections for its officers and representatives to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and Alaska Native Health Board (ANHB). The results of elections are below.

  • Jolene Edenshaw (Hydaburg Cooperative Association), Chair
  • Kimberley Strong (Chilkat Indian Village), Vice Chair
  • Lovey Brock (Wrangell Cooperative Association), Secretary
  • Harriet Silva (Angoon Community Association), Treasurer
  • Veronica Dalton (Hoonah Indian Association), Executive Committee At-Large
  • Jan Hill (Chilkoot Indian Association), Executive Committee At-Large
  • Rachel Moreno (Sitka Tribe of Alaska), Executive Committee At-Large
  • James Phillips (Pelican Tlingit and Haida Community Council), Executive Committee Alternate
  • Patty Cottle (Klawock Cooperative Association), Accreditation Governing Body Seat E (3-year term)
  • Kimberley Strong (Chilkat Indian Village), Accreditation Governing Body Alternate
  • Lincoln Bean (Organized Village of Kake), Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Representative
  • Jan Hill (Chilkoot Indian Association), Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Alternate
  • Jan Hill (Chilkoot Indian Association), Alaska Native Health Board Representative
  • Sue Ann Lindoff (Tlingit and Haida Indians of the City and Borough of Juneau), Alaska Native Health Board Alternate

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Board committees appointed: During the meeting, Board committee appointments were announced. Committees are appointed with the exception of the Accreditation Governing Body (AGB) and Executive Committee (EC). The AGB and EC are elected seats. Below are the appointed committees for fiscal year 2012.

  • Audit and Finance Committee includes Harriet Silva (Angoon Community Association), Veronica Dalton (Hoonah Indian Association), Kimberley Strong (Chilkat Indian Village), and Beverly Bremner (Yakutat Tlingit Tribe).
  • Community Action Committee includes June Durgan (Craig Tribal Association), Jan Hill (Chilkoot Indian Association), Fred O. Olsen, Jr. (Organized Village of Kasaan), and James Phillips (Pelican Tlingit and Haida Community Council).
  • Planning Committee includes Lincoln Bean (Organized Village of Kake), Patty Cottle (Klawock Cooperative Association), Mary Katasse-Miller (Petersburg Indian Association), and Delia Commander (Skagway Traditional Council).
  • Governance Committee includes Sue Ann Lindoff (Tlingit and Haida Indians of the City and Borough of Juneau), Rachel Moreno (Sitka Tribe of Alaska), Lovey Brock (Wrangell Cooperative Association), and Edna Paddock (Tenakee Springs Indian Community).

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Board meeting schedule for FY2012: The board sets its yearly calendar at the annual meeting each fall. The regular meeting schedule for fiscal year (FY) 2012 is below.

  • Winter meeting – January 18, 19, and 20.
  • Spring meeting – April 4, 5, and 6.
  • Summer meeting – June 20, 21, and 22.
  • Budget meeting – August 24.
  • Fall/Annual meeting – October 10, 11, and 12.

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Regards, Roald