President’s Update for January 31, 2014

In this edition...

Dr. John Baciocco earns Certified Physician Executive designation

Please join me in congratulating Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Deputy Chief of Staff and family physician, Dr. John Baciocco, for recently earning his designation as a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management (CCMM). He was awarded the status of CPE for educational achievements, demonstrated stature as a physician leader and experience in the field of medical management.

The CPE designation indicates that a physician has achieved superior levels of professional excellence and demonstrates effective knowledge and leadership skills in areas such as management, finance, quality control, health law, ethics and communication.

To earn his CPE Dr. Baciocco spent 200 hours over 4 years taking the required courses. Those hours were in addition to his primary commitment: treating patients, as well as additional continuing medical education courses.

Dr. Baciocco said, “I’m proud of having done this training. I have been at SEARHC for 17 ½ years, beginning right out of residency, and this training has helped me to be a better physician leader.” He continued, “I hope this serves as an inspiration for other doctors to consider leadership training in the future.”


News from the Alaska Public Health Summit

SEARHC Community Transformation Grant Program Manager Martha Pearson presented a concurrent session at the Summit, highlighting regional "Fish to Schools" program successes, including the development and implementation of an elementary school curriculum called "Stream to Plate." 

The Sitka National Historical Park (SNHP) staff, led by Carin Farley, was honored with an Alaska Community Health Service award from the Alaska Public Health Association for their "Park Prescriptions Program" efforts. SNHP championed efforts to work with local healthcare providers to write prescriptions for their patients that encourage regular physical activity outdoors. SEARHC Health Promotion programs collaborate with SNHP to promote the Park Prescriptions program, highlighting the community resource we have in Sitka’s beautiful Totem Park.

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


Petersburg hosts SEARHC Eye Clinic in February

Dr. Pam Steffes, OD will be performing eye exams February 3rd – 6th at the Petersburg Medical Center in the Visiting Physician Office. In addition, eyeglass frames will available for patients that wish to order glasses. No appointment is required to order frames.This is the first time that SEARHC has provided an Eye Clinic in Petersburg and plans to provide To schedule an appointment for an exam, please call the Sitka SEARHC Eye Clinic, (907) 966-8415.


Upcoming Lifestyle Balance Classes

SEARHC Lifestyle Balance classes will be ending in January for Sitka, Juneau and Klawock. The next series of 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.