Million Hearts – Mount Edgecumbe Hospital: Patients at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital will have enhanced approaches to coordinated care of blood pressure. The Million Hearts initiative is part of SEARHC’s improvements in planned care (IPC) program. CTG and other Health Promotion grants are working with medical staff to enhance outreach to high risk patients, improve compliance to guidelines for taking and monitoring blood pressure, and supporting additional provider education. This effort will also purchase ambulatory blood pressure monitors so providers can get more accurate data on patients’ blood pressure status and provide SEARHC with more comprehensive care as well as more billable services.
Medicare enrollment initiative: 2,900 patients SEARHC-wide who are eligible for Medicare were sent a custom invitation to enroll in the service. This invitation also notified patients that if they enrolled and received their “Welcome to Medicare” comprehensive health screening by 3/31/13, they would be entered in a drawing for several, $100, giftcards. Response to this mail out was high, yielding close to 100 phones calls asking for information. Unfortunately, more than half of these phone calls informed us that the individuals already were enrolled in Medicare. Still, it was an opportunity to encourage the comprehensive screening anyway and update our SEARHC record and data searching tactics.
Smoke-free worksites and multi-unit housing: CTG Health Systems Specialist, Clara Gray, is working closely with SEARHC Tobacco program staff to enhance the reach of smoke-free air initiatives in Southeast Alaska. So far, Clara has been an essential contributor to success with Klukwan Tribal buildings going smoke-free and Sitka multi-unit housing units undertaking smoke-free air policies. Economies of effort are attained, however, by the SEARHC team working together to educate stakeholders and improve smoke-free policies across the region in coordination with ATCA (Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance) advocacy efforts.