President’s Update for February 07, 2014

In this edition...

Shingles vaccine available until April 24th, 2014

The State of Alaska has provided a one-time allocation of shingles vaccine (Zostavax) to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka and Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau. Shingles vaccine is very fragile and must be maintained within strict guidelines, which makes shipping difficult to outlying communities. If you live in one of the villages and would like shingles vaccine, please contact your local clinic.

Anyone 60 years of age and older that is uninsured, has only Medicare Parts A and B, or AlaskaCare State of Alaska retirees 64 and under may receive state supplied vaccine from SEARHC in this case. Although the vaccine is licensed by the FDA for use in anyone 50 years and older, we are required to use it in patients 60 years and older according to the guidelines conditional for use of the vaccine.

There are several things you should know about the vaccine (including how to get it of you live outside Juneau or Sitka) which we have made available on our online lifestyle magazine, Healthy Living Southeast, so please take a look at the information at your earliest convenience.

To get the vaccine you may request a nurse appointment in the MEH Outpatient Department in Sitka at 966-8318 or Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau at 463-6608.


Mammography passes FDA Inspection

With over 3000 data entries a mammogram technologist must do to stay in compliance, I am pleased to report that MEH had their annual FDA mammography inspection on Jan. 31st and passed with no violations! MEH and ELMC have passed the last several years with no violations, due to the hard working dedicated mammogram technologists we have at SEARHC. A big thank you goes out to Nikki Balovich for her hard work and dedication!

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


Upcoming Lifestyle Balance Classes

The next series of Lifestyle Balance classes will begin at the end of Feb for Sitka and Juneau, with Klawock's next series of classes beginning in early Fall 2014.


Starting 2014 off on the right foot

You’re invited to participate in “Walk for the Health of it,” a planned walking event that lasts for six weeks and runs from January 11th through February 24th. All you have to do is set your own goal, join other walkers at Dimond  Park Field House (2961 Riverside Drive) every Tuesday from 4:30-6:30 PM, and turn in your weekly log. Your log not only tracks your progress, but is combined with all of the others from that week for a weekly prize drawing. For more information visit the "Walk for the Health of it"  website or contact Tiffany Nelson at 364-4459.