President’s Update for June 20, 2014

In this edition...

Special thanks to Denture Clinic volunteers and staff

Please join me in recognizing the six prosthodontic specialists and two oral surgeons that volunteered their time and traveled at their own expense earlier this month, in order to provide dentures and dental implants to elders from the villages we serve.

The denture group was led by Dr. Thomas Taylor, Professor and Head, Department of Reconstructive Sciences, University of Connecticut, School of Dental Medicine and the implant group was led by Dr. David Shafer, Associate Professor and Chair, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Connecticut, School of Dental Medicine.

Other members of this year’s team were: Dr. John Agar, Professor and Residency Director, University of Connecticut, School of Dental Medicine and Dr. Carl Driscoll, Professor and Residency Director, University of Maryland, School of Dentistry. There were also four residents from University of Connecticut, School of Dental Medicine that participated: Dr. Michael Trofa, Dr. David Burnham, Dr. Kim Farrell, and Dr. Roberta White.

We are very fortunate and extremely grateful to have had these very talented professionals come to our remote area to provide this exceptional level of care.

Our gratitude also extends to our own dental staff: Dr. Thomas Jordan, Dr. Bridget Willet, and the LMC Dental Residents from Juneau and Sitka for the exceptional service they provided to our patients during the Denture Clinic, as they consistently do every day.


PHR Certification Achieved

Jen Didrickson, HR Generalist at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, and Lisa Woodcock, HR Generalist in Juneau, recently each completed preparation for and successfully passed the certification exam to achieve the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification designation. 

Please join me in congratulating Jen and Lisa.


Embarking on SEARHC-wide marketing campaign

In an effort to both solidify and improve SEARHC’s position in the health care marketplace within Southeast Alaska, we will soon be rolling out a robust marketing campaign that focuses on the things that not only make us unique in health care in our area, but also revitalizes and shores up our reputation as a facility in which current patients feel confident, and prospective patients see as having advantages over other options that may be available. 

The campaign that will ultimately be the foundation for a larger, all-encompassing marketing plan for the entire Consortium will begin in Sitka very soon. It will include print, radio, theater ads, transit boards, as well as other elements such as enhancing and developing community relationships through local event participation and sponsorships.

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


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


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.


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 andreat@searhc.org.