President’s Update for July 03, 2014

In this edition...

New Radiologist at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Loren Laybourn has been selected as our new Radiologist for Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital – his first day at SEARHC was Tuesday, July 2nd.

Dr. Laybourn is a highly skilled physician with 12 years of experience in diagnostic imaging. He has also recently completed a Body Imaging Fellowship from University of Washington to further emphasize a wide range of body imaging applications in addition to advanced techniques in diagnostic imaging. 

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Laybourn to SEARHC.

ASHNHA Graduates one of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital’s finest Nurses

Valerie Nelsen RN has been a member of the SEARHC team since 2008 as an AMS (M/S) RN at MEH. This spring she moved to the OSS (OB) department and enrolled into the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) sponsored program for perinatal care. The program consists of several on-line modules for perinatal care along with three clinical rotations in Anchorage. She was in the first graduating class for perinatal care with ASHNHA. The class of 14 students was honored at a commencement ceremony that was held on June 27th.

Please join me in congratulating Valerie!

Pictured Left to right: Valerie Nelson RN MEH OSS Staff, Shelly Inda RN mom/baby manager ANMC.

Juneau can breathe easier

Electronic cigarettes will no longer be allowed in Juneau’s public indoor places (libraries, restaurants, bars, shops, etc.) following a unanimous ruling by the Juneau City Assembly on Monday, June 30, 2014. The ordinance shall be effective 30 days after its adoption, or July 30, 2014.
Public testimony was taken from 5 Juneau residents about the potential dangers of carcinogenic irritant aerosol particles lingering in public air space where children, adolescents, pregnant women, and other vulnerable non-smokers can be involuntarily exposed. Circumventing the original secondhand smoke ordinance with e-cigarette use may do harm to public health by re-normalizing smoking. The Center for Disease Control determined that youth e-cigarette use has more than doubled from 2011-2012 and this use has led to new and increased traditional cigarette use. No one spoke who did not favor the ban. 

The amended language defines smoking as: “inhaling or exhaling tobacco smoke, or burning or carrying any lighted tobacco product, or the use of any noncombustible product that provides a vapor of liquid nicotine to the user, or relies on vaporization of any liquid or solid nicotine.”

We thank the Juneau City Assembly for supporting efforts to protect all of us from the harmful effects of smoking.

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

Just a reminder...

Summer Mobile Mammogram Schedule

The WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in partnership with the Breast Cancer Detection Center has set the Summer 2014 mobile mammography schedule. The mobile mammography van will visit Hydaburg on Friday, August 1, Klawock from Saturday, August 2nd through Friday, August 8th, Hoonah from Tuesday, August 12th through Friday, August 15th, Skagway on Monday, August 18th, and Haines on Wednesday August 20th through Monday, August 25th. For more information contact your local clinic, call the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in Sitka at 966-8782 (or 1-888-388-8782, toll-free in Alaska), or e-mail the WISEWOMAN Health Program.

No-Show Policy at ELMC

In order to decrease the frequency of patients missing appointments at Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau, we have implemented a new no-show policy. A missed appointment, or "no-show," occurs when a patient misses a scheduled appointment without advance notice and therefore delays the opportunity for others to receive timely care. Your understanding and cooperation as we implement this new policy is appreciated. You may contact the clinic if you have any questions or would like additional clarification.

Sitka Senior Walking Group

The Injury Prevention Falls Prevention Program kicked off the “Sitka Senior Walking Group” at the Sitka Memorial National Park on Tuesday, June 3rd. There will be weekly walks for the rest of the summer, and walkers of all ages and activity levels are welcome to meet outside the National Park Visitor’s center on Tuesdays at 10:15AM. Anyone that would like to know more about this program should contact SEARHC Injury Prevention at (907) 966-8866

Free Health Insurance for Alaska Natives/American Indians

Through a collaboration between SouthEast Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), 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), and is available to those the program’s criteria. Anyone interested in being screened for health insurance coverage should call Andrea Thomas at (907) 966-8883 or email her at