Our Story

SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska.

SEARHC was established in 1975 under the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination Act. The intent of this legislation was to have Indian Health Service programs and facilities turned over to tribal management. Our contracting with IHS began in 1976 when we took over management of the Community Health Aides Program. In 1982, we took over operation of the IHS Juneau clinic, now the Ethel Lund Medical Center, and took over operation of Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in 1986. We are one of the oldest and largest Native-run health organizations in the nation.

Our Mission

Alaska Native People working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities.

Our Vision

Partnering with our communities to promote a healthy balance of mind, body, and spirit.

Our Values

  • Respect
  • Cultural Identity
  • Service
  • Professionalism
  • Compassion

SEARHC Strategic Plan Themes

SEARHC’s strategic plan is our blueprint for how we will accomplish our mission and vision. Within the 2018-2020 plan, five strategic themes have been identified. These themes inform program planning and growth in order to continue ensuring the best healthcare for our communities, leading us to a strong, successful future.

In 2020 SEARHC is:

  • The healthcare provider of choice in our communities
  • The employer of choice in our communities
  • Providing high-quality healthcare
  • Collaboratively engaged in community partnerships
  • A comprehensive, regional healthcare system that is built on a financially secure and strategic framework of growth