President’s Update for June 06, 2014

In this edition...

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. Injury Prevention has partnered with the local branches of the Alaska Pioneer Home, and Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) to provide escorted walks through the park and other downtown walking routes on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30AM. Despite the wet weather, the inaugural walk included nine participants, three partner staff members, and one volunteer.  Participants and volunteers were provided with ponchos, pedometers, and reflective zipper pulls, and walked the park trails for about an hour. 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


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.


National Time Out Day

On June 11, 2014, National Time Out Day will be practiced in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers around the country including SEARHC. Taking a “time out” to confirm the correct patient, the correct procedure, the correct surgical site and other important information before every operative and other invasive procedure is a requirement of The Joint Commission Universal Protocol. 

Time Out Day was created by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) in 2004 as a way to raise awareness about the importance of requiring the entire surgical team to pause before all invasive procedures to communicate as a group and confirm key information about the patient and procedure to help prevent errors from occurring.

SEARHC is commemorating National Time Out Day with this public commitment to our patients and their loved ones that our nurses will always take time out for every patient, every time.

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


No-Show Policy at ELMC

In order to decrease the frequency of patients missing appointments at Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau, we will be implementing a new no-show policy beginning June 16, 2014. 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.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we implement this new policy. You may contact the clinic if you have any questions or would like additional clarification.


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, SEARHC Outreach & Enrollment Manager at (907) 966-8883 or email her at andreat@searhc.org.


ANTHC $5000 Scholarship for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Applications are currently being accepted now through June 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm. Awards go towards the academic Fall 2014 – Summer 2015 school year. ANTHC grants these scholarships as an integral part of its long-term strategy to increase Alaska Natives and American Indians in the healthcare field. You may visit the ANTHC website for more information.