President’s Update for July 11, 2014

In this edition...

New Medical Provider in Haines

I am pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Adam McMahan for the Haines Health Center. He will begin seeing patients there in early August and is filling a position that became vacant when Dr. Noble Anderson transferred to ELMC in Juneau.

Dr. McMahan earned his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and completed his residency at Alaska Family Medicine in Anchorage. He comes to SEARHC from Providence Family Medicine Center in Anchorage.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. McMahan and his family.


Healthcare App from SEARHC

Did you know that SEARHC has a web-based Nurse Triage Smartphone application (or app) for your Smartphone? It’s called “Healthcare on the Hip” and contains an extensive library which can help you assess health concerns or issues whether you’re at home, in your car or boat, or waiting for the ferry – wherever your mobile device has service. It is an extremely convenient tool to help you decide whether you need to contact your provider or if it is something you can treat at home. But remember, if you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or your local emergency medical services number.

To download the web-based Smartphone app, you can visit the Nurse Triage Line program page to learn how.


Fishing and Gathering Traditional Foods

July is the season for fishing and gathering traditional foods and it is also the season for Culture Camps. Culture Camps have been part of growing up in Southeast Alaska for decades and SEARHC is pleased to be able to support these camps with some grant funding and local staff where available. It is a natural partnership of community effort and public health. Camps and skill building activities give participants the chance to practice gathering, processing and preserving healthy, local foods.

Culture Camps will be held in Klukwan from July 8-11, Kake from July 14-18, and Hydaburg from July 21-25. Other SEARHC Traditional Foods activities will take place in Wrangell, Klawock, Hoonah, Angoon, and Kasaan as well. For more information, please contact Clara Gray at 966-8936.

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


Summer Mobile Mammogram Schedule

The mobile mammography van will visit Hydaburg on 8/1, Klawock from 8/2-8/8, Hoonah from 8/12-8/15, Skagway on 8/18, and Haines on 8/20-8/25. For more information contact your local clinic, the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in Sitka at 966-8782 (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," delays the opportunity for others to receive timely care. Your understanding and cooperation is appreciated. Please contact the clinic if you have any questions.


Sitka Senior Walking Group

The Injury Prevention Falls Prevention Program kicked off the “Sitka Senior Walking Group” at the Sitka Memorial National Park in June, and there will be weekly walks for the rest of the summer. Walkers of all ages and activity levels are welcome to meet outside the National Park Visitor’s center on Tuesdays at 10:15AM. For more information contact SEARHC’s Injury Prevention program at (907) 966-8866


Free Health Insurance for Alaska Natives/American Indians

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). Anyone interested in being screened for health insurance coverage should call Andrea Thomas at (907) 966-8883 or email her.