President’s Update for April 26, 2013

In this edition...

Congratulations to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Laboratory

Congratulations to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Laboratory for its successful CAP inspection, which took place on April 24-25. The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is the premiere accrediting agency for laboratories, providing extremely rigorous standards, regulations, and guidance for high quality laboratory practices, processes and results. The MEH Laboratory is accredited by CAP, and is inspected every two years. Dr. Tiesinga, the Laboratory Medical Director, and Constance Stager, the Laboratory Manager, attribute the success of this inspection to the lab staff’s hard work and focus on accurate and high quality testing. In addition, this success would not be possible without Administrative support and the high level of teamwork among clinical departments. Notably, this inspection occurred during National Laboratory Week and appropriately reflects the important role the Laboratory plays in the health and well-being of our patients.

From Kake, the ladies finished their 8 weeks of Zumba

The ladies from Kake finished 8 weeks of Zumba and are now moving on to a new set of exercises. The classes are held M-F, at 6:30 p.m. at the EMS building. Lori Moore has taken over the leadership of ladies' exercise nights. Also, Kake's "Choose Respect" march/rally will be held next Friday, May 3, at 1 pm, starting at the high school. DHSS Commissioner Streur will be joining us in the march, and as a speaker. The event is coordinated by the Organized Village of Kake-Domestic Violence group. This will also count as their 2nd quarter Lifestyle Balance after-core activity.

From Haines, they had a Rural Trauma Nursing course

Haines  had a Rural Trauma Nursing course scheduled for Saturday, but instructors were weathered out. They also celebrated Administrative Professionals Week with a breakfast for admin and clerical staff.

SEARHC hosted 14 Alaska Native/American Indian students

SEARHC hosted fourteen Alaska Native/American Indian high school students from various Alaska communities during the week of April 22-26 as they participated in the 2013 Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program (VHOP). The students spent this last week at the SEARHC S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital learning about health careers, educational opportunities and job shadowing various Providers. The health field is growing, which means plenty of job opportunities for people with the right training. Health careers usually offer good pay and employee benefits, which are rare in rural Alaska, as well as the satisfaction of helping others. The program concluded on Friday with a graduation ceremony. Congratulations VHOP students! For more information on VHOP, contact Jessika Bean, Tribal Recruitment Coordinator at (907) 966-8903 or

Rick Huteson, Human Resources Recruiter joined SEARHC

Human Resources Recruiter, Rick Huteson, joined SEARHC to help internal and external candidates find a position in their career choice with SEARHC. Rick is Raven moiety from the Ganaax.adi, a child of the Shungukweidi, grandchild of the Naangugaay, grandchild of the Waashdonkwaan, who’s house is the Martin House in Lawaak Kwaan. His Tlinigt name is Saxy and Haida name is Skujoose. Rick graduated from University of Southeast Alaska in 2008 with an interdisciplinary social science degree, and worked for the Sealaska Heritage Institute for five years during and after college, most recently as the Scholarship Administrator. “Aan yet.kusaani (noble children of this land)! It’s a great honor to be here, I look forward to working with all of you,” states Rick who can be reached at (907) 364-4508 or

Charles Clement
Charles Clement President/CEO
3100 Channel Drive, Ste. 300
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 463-4000

Just a reminder...

Applications are still available for the SEARHC Summer Internship Program

The SEARHC Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for six Native students who are studying at the high school, bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree/clinical level. The program allows participants to explore career options in health care, and the interns receive valuable on-the-job training in their health care career of interest and a minimal hourly stipend. At the end of the program, interns will receive a performance evaluation with valuable feedback from their mentor(s). Students must be enrolled tribal members or descendants as certified through a Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) and currently be enrolled full-time in high school, college or vocational school with a minimum GPA of 2.5. To apply, students must complete a SEARHC Summer Internship Application, a SEARHC job application, provide two letters of recommendation (from teachers, counselors, employers, tribal leaders, etc.), a copy of the student’s current resume and a copy of the student’s current college transcripts.

The application deadline is Friday, May 10 (the application must be received or postmarked by this date), and the final selection of interns takes place on May 17. The internship program runs from June through September 2013. Completed applications may be mailed to Jessika Beam (966-8903) at SEARHC, c/o Human Resources Department, 222 Tongass Drive, Sitka, AK 99835. Applications also can be faxed to 966-8527, or scanned and e-mailed to Because space is limited, interested students should apply early. Application packets are available at Southeast Alaska high school offices, through local tribal organizations or by going to

SEARHC hosts 24/7 crisis help line, toll-free at 1-877-294-0074:

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 it will be 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/Suicide Prevention Program Manager Wilbur Brown at 966-8753.

SEARHC provides 24/7 on-call travel coordinators for patients traveling for care:

SEARHC has a 24/7 on-call travel coordinator to assist patients needing after-hours help while traveling for a medical appointment. The on-call staff person helps patients find new connections when a plane is diverted by weather, or assists with late-night housing. For assistance, call 1-800-916-8566 (toll-free in Alaska) or 1-907-966-8345 in Sitka, and then follow the prompts. To help us better help you, please call as soon as you know your travel schedule has been changed. For patients needing assistance from the Community Resources Program (contract health), such as emergency health care while traveling, call 1-866-966-8316 (toll-free).