Ethel Lund Medical Center (ELMC) and Front Street Clinic went live with the Indian Health Services (IHS) EHR on Wednesday July 17th for clinical documentation. The new launch raises the number of SEARHC clinics using the EHR to six, and the total number of sites using the IHS EHR to nearly 400. IT and clinical staff provided 26 two to four hour trainings to prepare staff to use EHR. Training will continue through Wednesday, July 31st focusing on laboratory, radiology and pharmacy orders. Both ELMC and Front Street staff will start placing orders using EHR on Thursday, August 1st.
In addition, training begins Monday, August 19th for Mt. Edgecumbe High School staff, with a full EHR go-live scheduled for August 26th. Please join me in thanking Juneau clinic staff, IT and everyone involved in rolling out EHR.
I would like to thank Dr. Russ Bowman for his contributions and role in the development of SEARHC Community Health Services (CHS) and SEARHC over the past six years. Russ has served as the Medical Director of CHS which included oversight of the Medivac services program. Previously he was a provider in the field for five years in Haines and made significant contributions to SEARHC in both these positions. Please join me in wishing Dr. Bowman continued success in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
During a two-day inspection at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital (MEH), Federal OSHA inspectors complimented staff on their participation and knowledge of occupational safety. The inspectors offered recommendations to improve both the physical environment and processes. Most of the preliminary findings from the inspection and building tour have been addressed. Now we await the final report. Thanks go to Valarie Herrara, SEARHC Safety/Security manager, the SEARHC Safety/Security staff and all who continue their efforts identifying areas and processes for improvement. If you have questions please contact SEARHC Safety/Security.
The SEARHC Tobacco Program received a State grant, Tobacco Prevention and Control Community Grant Program for $375,000. This is a regional grant, and SEARHC along with National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), will be serving the whole region of Southeast. Subcontracts will be awarded to Hoonah, Wrangell, Petersburg, Ketchikan (with NCADD) and one smaller community yet to be decided. This grant works on educating tribal and community members on the dangers of secondhand smoke, promoting tobacco cessation, and working with schools, tribes, community organizations, community coalitions to create policies that protect people from secondhand smoke and reduce tobacco use.
On July 11th SEARHC's Second Annual Nursing Summit was held at the Sheet’ka Kwaán Naa Kahídi Community House in Sitka. Peg Tobin, the keynote speaker gave a motivational pro bono presentation on nurse management, leadership and team building. SEARHC invited the entire Sitka nursing community to attend the summit which was a huge success. Thank you to Lynn Gras and the nurse managers at MEH for coordinating and planning the event.
SEARHC frequently brings in traveling medical specialists to hold specialty clinics at a variety of facilities. This can save the expense and inconvenience of flying to Anchorage or Seattle for services not available in Southeast. Some SEARHC medical providers make regular trips to smaller, remote clinics to provide specialty services that aren't normally available in those villages. All specialty clinics, except for medical field trips and specified dental clinics, must be referred through a SEARHC provider (no self-referrals).
If you would like to check the Specialty Clinic Schedules you can find them here on our website. They are listed under both the "Services" menu and the "Patient Information" menu. Our Dental Clinic Field Trips, Medical Field Trips, Juneau Specialty Clinics and Sitka Specialty Clinics are all located on these pages.