President’s Update for February 14, 2014

In this edition...

SEARHC Staffer to teach for International Spine and Pain Institute

Marnie Hartman DPT, CSCS from our Haines Health Center was recently invited to join the prestigious group of instructors with the International Spine and Pain Institute, ISPI. She will be traveling to teach continuing education courses on the subject of using Therapeutic Neuroscience Education for the patient with persistent pain.

This is a great achievement for Marnie. She said, “This would not be possible if it was not for support from SEARHC, especially the Haines clinic. We have put this fundamental education into practice here and have a made a great impact on our treatment of chronic pain. If it was not for this experience and the results of the team effort I am sure I would not have been identified as a leader and expert with this international organization.”

Please join me in congratulating Marnie. We could not be more proud of her accomplishment.

Women’s Healing Group

SEARHC’s Beverly Rivard, LCSW, MAC will be facilitating a women's healing group that begin Friday, February 14 from 10AM-11:30AM at the Craig Behavioral Health office. The group will meet every Friday for 12 weeks and there will be a graduation celebration at the end. It will focus on healing from trauma and will incorporate a variety of healing strategies. This is a therapy group so participants need to be established as clients prior to starting the group. Patients must pre-register for this group by attending one individual session first. It will remain open to new clients through the second session. Please make referrals by calling 755-4988 or 744-4986.

Talking Circle for Elders

Tea-Time: A Talking Circle for Elders is also being facilitated by SEARHC’s Beverly Rivard, LCSW, MAC, and will begin on Wednesday Feb 19 from 3:30-5PM at the Senior Center in Klawock. This is a community support group for sharing stories, processing ideas and feelings related to loss and change, and celebrating life's joyful moments in an accepting non-judgmental format. Snacks and beverages will be provided. No pre-registration is necessary, just come and enjoy!

Upcoming Lifestyle Balance Classes

Lifestyle Balance Program is offering in Juneau beginning on February 26 and in Sitka beginning on March 11. These hands-on classes will run every Tuesday for 16 weeks. These classes will help anyone that has been diagnosed with pre-diabetes to delay or avoid the onset of diabetes. Participants will receive individual support from a Lifestyle Coach who will provide support in learning healthy lifestyle skills.

The SEARHC Lifestyle Balance classes are for those who are 18 years old or older, are Alaska Native or American Indian, and have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or have had at least one higher than normal blood glucose level reading.

For more information and to check eligibility, please contact the program facilitators: In Sitka call or email Maybelle Filler at 966-8739 or and in Juneau either Tiffany Nelson at 364-4459 or or Kathy Dennis at 364-4453 or

Podiatry Clinics

SEARHC has arranged for Dr. Kelly Moxley from the Juneau Foot and Ankle Center to travel to some of our clinics to provide foot care to high risk diabetes patients. The next clinic will be in Sitka on February 27th and 28th, with Klawock, Kake, and Haines following. Dr. Moxley will return to Sitka again in August. While high risk diabetes patients are a priority for these clinics, others wishing to see Dr. Moxley may be able to be seen as the schedule permits. Anyone wishing to make an appointment, please refer to the Podiatry listings in our Specialty Clinic Schedules on the SEARHC website, then call the phone number listed for an appointment.

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

Just a reminder...

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.

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.

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.