President’s Update for August 29, 2014

In this edition...

Facelift for SEARHC Website

It has been a little while since we revamped our website, so we thought it was time for SEARHC.org to get a facelift. For those of you that haven’t seen it yet, I invite you to browse the pages and see what we’ve done. The new look is much fresher and more modern with an updated masthead and menu. Several new images were also added to the slideshow on the home page.

The same content and resources you’ve come to rely on is still there. Over time, you may begin to notice some additional changes, all of which is intended to improve your experience with the SEARHC website. We will continually strive to make the site as informative and user-friendly as possible. I hope you like the new look as much as I do.


SEARHC Specialty Clinics

Many of you know that we frequently bring traveling medical specialists to hold specialty clinics at our various facilities. This saves our patients the time and expense of traveling to receive services not usually available in all of the communities we serve.

Some of the upcoming clinics include optometry, dentistry, audiology, gynecology, orthopedics, neurology, cardiology, and many others.

You are encouraged to visit the “Specialty Clinic” section of our website to see what specialists will be coming to your community in the coming months. You may make an appointment directly or contact your provider about any necessary referrals.

September 15-18 Wrangell eye clinic ad

Announcement for a September 15-18 Wrangell Eye Clinic 


Help to Manage Stress

This time of year can be stressful for families; back to school, homework, extracurricular activities, and once you have finally settled into a routine, it seems to ramp up again as the holiday season approaches.

Stress is defined as any type of change that causes physical, emotional or psychological strain. The first symptoms are relatively mild, like chronic headaches and increased susceptibility to colds. With more exposure to chronic stress, however, more serious health problems may develop. It’s also not unusual for mental health issues, especially anxiety and depression, to occur with long-term diseases. 

If you’re feeling the pressure, psychotherapy is a popular form of treatment for stress, anxiety and panic attacks, and is readily available.

We have clinicians in Juneau, Sitka, POW, Hoonah and Haines who can help. For those that are too far away or aren’t comfortable seeing a clinician in person, we have clinicians ready to see people by video chat using Polycom. Please call your local clinic to make an appointment with one of our Behavioral Health clinicians, or if you’d rather see a clinician using video chat, call 966-8929 to meet with our clinician who devotes her time to seeing whoever, where ever they are via Polycom.

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


Group Medical Visits for Diabetes Patients in Juneau

Beginning September 16th, SEARHC is offering the option of Group Medical Visits at ELMC in Juneau to patients with diabetes.

Group Medical visits are shared medical appointments with about 10-15 others who have the same health condition and include the participation of a medical provider and diabetes educator. Patients talk to others with diabetes, learn about related health issues, and explore skills to help manage their diabetes. Patients also meet with their provider privately.

For more information, patients in Juneau are encouraged to speak to their medical provider, local Diabetes Educator or call the Ethel Lund Medical Center at 463-6664 to schedule participation in a group visit. 


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.


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.