President’s Update for Jan. 1, 2011

In this edition...

In this edition … Haines basketball teams practice injury prevention: The Haines Glacier Bears boys and girls basketball teams (24 participating students) requested affordable custom athletic mouthguards from the SEARHC Haines Dental Clinic. Lisa Cone discussed this with our staff, Cara Gilbert and Dr. Tom Bornstein regarding the logistics and cost of this project. Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports and can be prevented by simply wearing a mouth guard. Custom mouth guards are fabricated from the student’s individual dental model, which allows for a better fit, retention and protection. We ordered the athletic mouth guard material in green and white, the Haines Glacier Bear colors. We appreciate the work of our dental staff on injury prevention activities. Back to top SEARHC Health Education Program adds new training staff members: The SEARHC Education Program is pleased to announce three new staff members — one human and two simulated. John Bain has taken the Clinical Nurse Educator position at SEARHC. John will be responsible for nursing education throughout the consortium. Two other “staff” members are coming on board in January. Stan comes to us from Medical Educational Technologies Inc., and is a hi-fidelity wireless clinical patient simulator with a variety of physiologies. Noelle comes from Gaumard Scientific, and is a hi-fidelity wireless birthing simulator with a multitude of obstetric training scenarios. Stan and Noelle are expecting a baby, Hal, sometime this spring. Noelle and Stan were funded by grants from the Murdock Foundation, USDA and the State of Alaska. Back to top Healing Hand Foundation on Pick. Click. Give.: Some folks are spending the holiday weekend completing the online Permanent Fund application. Just a reminder that the Healing Hand Foundation is part of the “Pick. Click. Give.” campaign. Through October 2010, the Healing Hand Foundation helped more than 1,100 people with durable medical equipment, urgent patient escort travel, and non-formulary pharmaceuticals. This campaign is one more way to contribute to a solution for the unmet health needs in our region. Back to top ANTHC raises meal allowances for Quyana House: The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has increased the amount of its daily meal cards to $25 (from $18) for Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) patients and families staying at the Quyana House short-term housing facility in Anchorage. Each person who stays at Quyana House is issued a guest meal card, which has credits for them to buy food at ANMC meal services. The $18 allowance was not sufficient to cover a guest’s complete day of meals, so the ANTHC Board of Directors raised the meal card rate. Since SEARHC patients are referred to ANMC for services, this is good news. Back to top Kasaan Health Center update: The Organized Village of Kasaan (OVK) continues coordination of design for a new community health clinic. Environmental work for the site was recently completed and OVK is now working with the Prince of Wales Tribal Enterprise Consortium (POWTEC) to submit permits required by the Army Corps of Engineers. McCool Carlson Green is under contract to for clinic design and is at approximately 95 percent completion. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium will manage clinic construction, which is scheduled to start in spring 2011. The 1,000-square-foot clinic design and construction is funded by the Denali Commission and SEARHC. Back to top SEARHC Hydaburg Health Center nearing completion: Plans are being made to dedicate the new SEARHC Hydaburg Health Center. We hope to coincide this dedication when the SEARHC Board of Directors will be on Prince of Wales Island for its quarterly meeting in mid-January. Details are still being worked out on the time and date. We hope to move everything from our temporary clinic over to the newly remodeled and expanded clinic can be open for business on Monday, Jan. 24th. Back to top SEARHC Help Line (toll-free, 1-877-294-0074) available for holiday stress relief: A personal or family crisis doesn’t always happen during clinic hours, so the SEARHC Behavioral Health Division has contracted with a crisis call center to provide help for Southeast Alaska residents when they need it most. The SEARHC Help Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is staffed with a team of master’s-degree-level mental health therapists who will listen and provide effective, compassionate care. This line provides confidential telephone counseling for people during a time of mental health crisis, and it is not just an answering service. The counselors will assess the situation and provide appropriate intervention using protocols developed with SEARHC Behavioral Health. Follow-up calls from SEARHC Behavioral Health or our partner agencies will be made the next business day. For more information, contact SEARHC Behavioral Health Prevention Program Director Wilbur Brown at 966-8753. Back to top Regards, Roald