President’s Update for June 21, 2013

In this edition...

19th Annual Denture Clinic at SEARHC

Dr. Tom Jordan, Director of SEARHC Mt Edgecumbe Dental Clinic coordinated the week long clinic June 17-21. The program sponsored by The Academy of Prosthodontics, SEARHC Dental, Dentsply Dental Supply and Straumann Dental Implants was held at MEH. Materials for dentures, dental implants and provider time were all donated. A total of 17 patients received new dentures and 18 patients were seen by the oral surgeon for pre prosthetic surgery, dental implants or third molar extraction. The value of the services provided to our patients by the group was calculated at over $103,000.

Elders from our outlying villages receive highest priority for the annual clinic. The average age of the patients receiving dentures is over 72 years old. The clinic is a great benefit for our elders from out of town, who receive new dentures in four days – rather than the usual 4-5 appointments spread over 6-8 weeks.

This year, in addition to Prosthodontic specialists, there were Oral Surgeons providing dental implant services to denture patients. Not only did specialists provide direct patient care, they also provided continuing dental education with hands on training and lectures for the participating providers. SEARHC Prosthodontist Dr. Bridget Willet, LMC AEGD residents Dr. Alice Nunes, Dr. David Purcell, Dr. Todd Garcia and Dr. Mark Desjarlai participated along with 8 other specialists and doctors.

Grant for Bikes Gets Kids Active and Outside

With help from SEARHC Community Transformation Grants, Gastineau Elementary School P.E. Teacher Dirk Miller was able to obtain a grant to purchase 16 bikes. He also purchased loaner helmets for kids to use. The bikes are being used in a number of programs including an after school program called Bike Club started in Spring this year. The bike programs aim at getting kids active and outside. Bike Club participants liked getting muddy hitting puddles and the fresh air.

National Certified Nursing Assistants Week

National Certified Nursing Assistants Week was celebrated June 13 - 20th. The 2013 theme was “Nursing Assistants @ the Heart of Care.”  Staff at MEH also celebrated our Clinical Assistants, Surgical Techs and Perioperative Surgical Tech during the same week. We have many, many wonderful staff!

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

Just a reminder...

ANTHC Fall Scholarship Program and Application

ANTHC Scholarship application process for the fall term is open. They will be awarding 5 scholarships up to $5,000 each.
Scholarships are available for Alaska Native or American Indians who are:

* Permanent Alaska residents
* Interested in working in the healthcare field
* Currently enrolled in a formal education or training program

The deadline is July 15th. Please spread the word about this wonderful opportunity. The scholarship packet can be accessed through the following link: ANTHC Scholarship Packet

SEARHC 4th Annual Sobriety Picnic

The Fourth Annual Sobriety Picnic will be held at Sandy Beach Wednesday July 3rd. The shelter is reserved from 12pm to 8pm. SEARHC staff will begin cooking at 3pm. Hot dogs, hamburgers and snacks will be provided. Please bring your favorite dishes to share and beverages (alcohol free of course). Knowing how hard it is for people to stay sober we want to provide a safe and sober activity for the holiday. We are offering games and prizes for the children and sober fellowship for adults. Please call Toni Weber with any questions at 463-6670.