President’s Update for August 30, 2013

In this edition...

Kake 6th Annual Honoring Our Youth–Back to School Gathering

The Kake Behavioral Health staff, with the support of the Veterans Auxiliary, held the 6th Annual Honoring Our Youth – Back to School Gathering in Kake on Friday, August 16th. Backpacks with school supplies were given to each youth who attended the gathering. Hot Dogs and Sloppy Joes were served to the crowd. Words of encouragement were addressed to the youth for their “Good Behavior Reputation” throughout Southeast Alaska. The youth enjoyed fun games and good fellowship. Thank you to the SEARHC Suicide Prevention program, Boys & Girls Club, and all the other organizations who made this event possible. It was obvious from the community effort and support shown, that Kake loves, respects and honors their youth.


POW and Haines Mobile Mammography Clinic

The SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health (WW WH) Program, in collaboration with the Breast Cancer Detection Center (BCDC) of Fairbanks, provided screening mammograms in Hydaburg for the first time on August 9, 2013. In the past, women from Hydaburg would have to travel two hours round trip by car to reach the mobile mammogram van in Klawock. Mary Dinon, WW WH Nurse Case Manager stated, “We had a great turn out for the mobile mammogram van in Hydaburg and the women who attended expressed their happiness for the easy access to service so close to their homes”. Twenty-two women were served that day and more completed their annual women’s health screenings in anticipation of the mobile mammogram van visit.

Next the van traveled to Klawock and Craig, where more than 125 women received screening mammograms. The last stop for the BCDC mobile mammogram van was Haines on August 22-26. Over 100 screening mammograms were provided there. Women’s Health Program Manager Litia Garrison reports that the 2013 Mobile Mammography Clinics were a great success. “We are delighted to be working with our new partner BCDC to provide these breast cancer screening exams locally.”


The Annual Recovery Walk will be held September 14th

Juneau Behavioral Health staff will hold their 3rd Annual Recovery Walk Saturday, September 14th for Recovery month. Participants will meet at Marine Park at noon then walk to Sandy Beach for food, drumming and singing. Volunteers are planning to be at the park to start cooking for the potluck style picnic at noon. Please bring your favorite dish or alcohol free beverage to share.

Since September is Recovery month we would like to acknowledge chemical dependency and also mental illnesses. We are honoring people who struggle with both of these issues and acknowledge the fact that people can and do recover. Please call Toni Weber with any questions 463-6670.


Recruiting for the Fall Diabetes Prevention Classes

The SEARHC Lifestyle Balance program is now recruiting for the Fall session of diabetes prevention classes which begin September 26th. During the 16-week program participants learn about nutrition, physical activity, and other topics that have been shown to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. The program also provides individual coaching sessions which help tailor the program to fit individual goals. Social gatherings for participants help them stay motivated and have fun! If interested, contact Tiffany Nelson 364-4459.


Staff promotions, congratulations and welcomes

Please join me in welcoming Greg McIntyre, our new Director of Facilities Services. Greg is a professional who has worked for the last 23 years in the Bethel area coordinating the construction, maintenance, repair and future needs of over 50 remote health care facilities in rural Alaska. He understands Indian Health Services and we are looking forward to his management in bringing our services up to speed while focusing on Joint Commission accreditation readiness.

Kristina Randolph recently became a “Certified Physician Practice Manager” (CPPM), from AAPC. This is perfect timing, because on September 1st, Kristina will assume the role of ELMC Clinic Administrator. Congratulations to Kristina Randolph.

Congratulations also to Carroll “Randy” McPherson who was promoted to Human Resources Manager August 26th. In his new role Randy continues to be based out of Juneau. In addition to general duties, he will continue to revamp and improve recruitment and retention programs, focus on compensation, and revise and develop new and needed training programs for SEARHC. Randy was formerly a Human Resources Generalist with oversight of our Juneau and Haines locations. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina’s Master of Human Resources program and has his Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. Randy comes to the position with six years of HR experience in both the public and private sectors. Randy brings a drive for improvement to this position and the consortium as a whole.

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


SEARHC Online Specialty Clinic Schedules

SEARHC frequently brings in traveling medical specialists to hold specialty clinics at a variety of facilities. This can save the expense and inconvenience of flying to Anchorage or Seattle for services not available in Southeast. Some SEARHC medical providers make regular trips to smaller, remote clinics to provide specialty services that aren’t normally available in those villages. All specialty clinics, except for medical field trips and specified dental clinics, must be referred through a SEARHC provider (no self-referrals).

If you would like to check the Specialty Clinic Schedules you can find them on searhc.org. They are listed under both the “Services” menu and the “Patient Information” menu and at the following links: Dental Clinic Field Trips, Medical Field Trips, Juneau Specialty Clinics and Sitka Specialty Clinics.


Traditional Food Guide Calendar and Tlingit Traditional foods poster available

SEARHC Traditional Foods Program recently published a Traditional Food Guide Calendar and a Tlingit Traditional foods poster. The guide and poster will be distributed to help promote harvesting and eating traditional, local foods. Go to SEARHC Traditional Foods program to view or download a copy of the guide and poster.