President’s Update for Jan. 15, 2011

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In this edition … Hydaburg Health Center open house takes place on Jan. 19: SEARHC, the City of Hydaburg and Hydaburg Cooperative Association will host an open house starting at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the recently renovated and expanded Hydaburg Health Center. The open house celebration will feature the Haida Nation Dance Group, tours of the clinic, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and food. After the open house, there will be a community meeting that starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Hydaburg Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. During the year-long, $2.1 million renovation and expansion, clinic services were moved next door into the Hydaburg Boys and Girls Club building. We expect all clinic services to be moved back into the Hydaburg Health Center by the week of Jan. 24. There may be some minor delays during the moving process, but all emergency services should be available. Back to top SEARHC hires patient advocate for Prince of Wales Island: SEARHC hired Cynthia “Cyndi” Reeves to be its new patient advocate for the consortium’s clinics and programs on Prince of Wales Island. Cyndi will be the customer service liaison for SEARHC patients receiving care from the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock, the Hydaburg Health Center, the Kasaan Health Center and the Thorne Bay Health Center, helping patients navigate the complex Tribal health system. She also will work with patients receiving behavioral health services from the SEARHC Community Family Services program office in Craig. Cyndi’s office will be at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center, and she can be reached through the main clinic number (755-4800) or by e-mail at cynthia.reeves@searhc.org. Originally from the Yukon River village of Alakanuk, Cyndi graduated from Kotlik High School and later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and an Associate of Arts degree in social science from Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka. She has been a substitute teacher for the Craig and Klawock school districts, and before that she was a mental health associate with Community Connections in Craig and a lead teacher for Tlingít and Haida Head Start in Craig. She also spent several years as an elementary school teacher with the Lower Yukon School District in Alakanuk and Mountain Village. She joins two other patient advocates SEARHC hired in Sitka (Bryan Whitson) and Juneau (Ashley Hunt). The new patient advocates will help ensure SEARHC patients are able to receive the highest quality of care possible while improving patient satisfaction. Back to top Denali Commission approves Hoonah business plan: We recently received a letter from the Denali Commission informing us that our business plan submitted as part of our application for health facilities funding for the Hoonah Health Center has been approved. The business plan approval does not guarantee funding from the Denali Commission, which is decided by project progress and the availability of funds from the commission. The land transfer for the clinic parcel still is in progress and the executed deed needs to be included when our construction application is submitted. Also, we still are awaiting the results of our application for a Community Health Center designation from the U.S. Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA), which will help sustain the operations of the clinic. Back to top SEARHC, KANA seek patient advocate for Alaska Native Medical Center: SEARHC and the Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) are partnering to hire a patient advocate who will serve as a customer service liaison for our patients who travel to Anchorage for health care services at the Alaska Native Medical Center. This position will be based in Anchorage and supervised by KANA. The position currently is under recruitment and more details can be found on the KANA website, http://www.kanaweb.org/, and in Anchorage-area newspapers. For more information or to apply for the job, contact the KANA human resources department at 1-907-486-9800 or send e-mail to HR@kanaweb.org. Back to top SEARHC hosts Gene Tagaban for workshops and performances on Prince of Wales Island: SEARHC will host noted Tlingít performer and artist, Gene Tagaban, for workshops and performances in the “Art of Storytelling” Jan. 27th – 28th in Hydaburg, Craig and Klawock. While on Prince of Wales Island, Tagaban will provide two free community performances — at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Hydaburg School gym (before that night’s Yakutat at Hydaburg basketball games) and at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, at the Klawock School gym. Tagaban also will visit schools in Hydaburg, Craig and Klawock to provide a series of workshops for local students about how to use stories to promote healthy messages, such as preventing suicide or promoting healthy physical activity. Tagaban also is planning similar workshop/performance visits to Petersburg, Wrangell, Kake, Angoon, Hoonah, Juneau and Sitka in early February. Details of those events will be released once schedules are finalized. For more information about the shows, please call SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s and Colorectal Health Programs Health Systems Specialist Becky Koslovich at 966-8936. For more information about Gene Tagaban and his workshops, go to http://www.genetagaban.com/. Back to top S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital recertified as a Level 4 Trauma Center: The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) recently recertified S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital as a Level 4 Trauma Center. The DHSS sent a team to Sitka for a two-day site visit in December 2010. The team reviewed the hospital’s treatment of trauma cases, reviewed the training and continuing education in trauma of medical and nursing staff, reviewed the quality assurance and improvement programs for trauma, as well as protocols and resources. The hospital, which first became certified in 2007, passed the inspection and was recertified for another three years. This designation signifies that the hospital has a demonstrated commitment to providing the best trauma care possible, that the hospital meets both state and national standards for providing timely and optimal care for trauma patients, and that the hospital is prepared to treat and transport trauma patients as part of a state-wide plan. Also, as a certified Level 4 Trauma Center the hospital now is eligible to receive an annual grant from the state trauma fund (currently set at $100,000 for 2011), which must be used for capital and program expenses related to trauma care. The work that went into this recertification was substantial, and we thank the efforts of the Trauma Review Committee — Dr. Elliot Bruhl, MD, Director of Emergency Services; Dr. William Beutel, MD, General Surgeon; Cindy Williams, RN, Nursing Manager of Emergency Services; and Erin Coombs, RN, Assistant Nursing Manager. Back to top Alaska Native Epidemiology Center releases Southeast Health Profile: The Alaska Native Epidemiology Center, which is managed by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Division of Community Health Services, recently released the Southeast Regional Health Profile. The 102-page report, which can be downloaded from http://www.anthc.org/chs/epicenter/ (click link in upper right corner of page for the report), details health and demographic statistics for the entire region, using data supplied by SEARHC, Yakutat Tlingít Tribe, Ketchikan Indian Community and the Metlakatla Indian Community, the State of Alaska, and United States government. The regional data also is compared against statewide Native and national health data. This project is part of the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center’s efforts to provide regional and statewide data for Alaska Native and American Indian populations, creating an online regional database of health disparities, risks and behaviors. Back to top Reminder — Crisis help line, toll-free at 1-877-294-0074: A personal or family crisis doesn’t always happen during clinic hours. Our SEARHC Behavioral Health Division 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