President’s Update for August 08, 2014

In this edition...

No More Facility Fee at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital

For quite a while a facility fee was added to patient bills each time they visited one of our doctors at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital and people voiced their concerns to us. We heard those concerns and I am pleased to announce that as of August 1st, the facility fee at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital has been eliminated! Additionally, if any patient does see a facility fee on their bill following their next visit to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital that visit will be free. For anyone that wants more information, please call 966-8575.


Support Groups in Hoonah

SEARHC CFSW Jay Dick is doing youth talking circles on Thursdays from 3:30pm – 4:30pm at the Youth Center in Hoonah. In preparation for kids returning to school he is doing a series of talking circles around self-care. This week, for example, they are learning about what stress does by using balloons. The use of balloons really resonated with the kids, and helped them to understand when you hold things in you may end up taking it out on others. It was a great way to illustrate the importance of being aware of their feelings so that too much pressure does not build up.

Jay is also facilitating weekly sober support groups using the Wellbriety Medicine Wheel on Tuesdays from 3:30pm -4:30pm at the Salvation Army. The focus is keeping one’s sobriety through Native American traditions. It’s an active curriculum where people can explore the challenges in their sobriety and ways they can maintain their sobriety through their activity level in their culture.

Contact Jay Dick at 907-945-2754 for more information on either group.


Lifestyle Balance Classes

Since the Lifestyle Balance Program classes for diabetes prevention began in Sitka and Juneau, we have enrolled over 300 SEARHC patients. Participants learned that lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of diabetes by more than 50%.

The success of the program and the need for the diabetes prevention classes led to an expansion in POW as of last September. 

Eligibility for participation in Lifestyle Balance includes being 18 years of age or older, a diagnosis of prediabetes or having at least one abnormal glucose reading. Classes will start in:

  • Juneau - Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 5:15 - 6:30 PM 
  • Sitka -Thursday, August 21, 2014, Noon - 1 PM
  • POW - Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014,  5:30 - 6:30 PM 

To register or for more information, call: Juneau 364-4453, Sitka 966-8914, and POW 755-4959.

Bringing back the strength and health of our people!


E-cigarettes Included in Tobacco Free Policy

It is important to remember that all of SEARHC facilities are tobacco free, both inside and outside. Please be aware that the list of tobacco products now includes electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).

Let’s all be responsible for following and enforcing the policies at all SEARHC campuses. That includes reminding others of what those are when necessary in order to help keep our environment clean and healthy.

Anyone interested in quitting tobacco is encouraged to call Alaska's Tobacco Quit Line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


Healthcare App from SEARHC

SEARHC has a web-based Nurse Triage Smartphone application (or app) for your Smartphone called “Healthcare on the Hip.” It contains an extensive library which can help you assess health concerns whenever & wherever your mobile device can get service. It is a convenient tool to help you decide whether you should contact your provider or can treat something at home. To download the web-based Smartphone app, you can visit the Nurse Triage Line page to learn how.


Summer Mobile Mammogram Schedule

The mobile mammography van will visit Hydaburg on 8/1, Klawock from 8/2-8/8, Hoonah from 8/12-8/15, Skagway on 8/18, and Haines on 8/20-8/25. For more information contact your local clinic, the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in Sitka at 966-8782 (1-888-388-8782, toll-free in Alaska), or e-mail the WISEWOMAN Health Program.


Sitka Senior Walking Group

The Injury Prevention Falls Prevention Program kicked off the “Sitka Senior Walking Group” at the Sitka Memorial National Park in June, and there will be weekly walks for the rest of the summer. Walkers of all ages and activity levels are welcome to meet outside the National Park Visitor’s center on Tuesdays at 10:15AM. For more information contact SEARHC’s Injury Prevention program at (907) 966-8866


Free Health Insurance for Alaska Natives/American Indians

Alaska Natives and American Indians may be eligible for free additional health insurance coverage through a trial program known as Tribally Sponsored Health Insurance Program (T-SHIP). Anyone interested in being screened for health insurance coverage should call Andrea Thomas at (907) 966-8883 or email email Andrea.