President’s Update for June 27, 2014

In this edition...

We have a winner!

Our very own, Dr. Janice Sheufelt, a SEARHC family practice physician and Medical Director of Primary Care Clinics, has a new title – 2014 Race Across America ultra-marathon bicycle champion.

For those of you that aren’t aware, Race Across America (RAAM) is a grueling, 3,000 mile bicycle race that began in Oceanside, CA and ended in Annapolis, MD. The race includes solo riders, and teams of two, four and eight cyclists among various age groups and from several countries. Started in 1982, it is now one of the longest annual endurance events in the world.

On June 10th, Dr. Sheufelt started the race strong and had built up a considerable lead. Entering Colorado, she suffered from breathing difficulties that required her to seek emergency medical attention. In spite of being off the course for 14 hours, she was able to regain the lead. She won the race by a 14 hour margin, completing it in 11 days, 18 hours and 2 minutes on June 22nd. As she crossed the finish line, she became the solo women's rider age 18-49 division champion and met her goal to finish in less than 12 days. She was 17th overall in riders completing the course, and was named Rookie of the Year, Queen of the Prairies, Queen of Mountains, and awarded the Seana Hogan Fastest Woman trophy.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Sheufelt. I’m sure I speak for the entire organization when I say, “We could not be prouder!”


SEARHC company picnic fun in POW

The SEARHC company picnic in POW was held Friday June 20th, with about 65 people in attendance. Activities included a bean bag toss, cup game, ladder toss, croquet, badminton, volleyball, kickball, blanket/ball toss, non- dominant hand Frisbee toss competition, partner paddle game, and whiffle throw. Friends and family were included in the fun.

Special thanks go to Lenny Armour and June May for volunteering to help with this wonderful event. It definitely enhanced the positive relationship the SEARHC family has at ARMC.

employees wearing a shared prize, extra large t-shirt

SEARHC employees, Esther Bezemer and Vanessa Pereira wear one XXL shirt won in the raffle.


Public hearing on electronic cigarettes in Juneau

A public hearing will be held at the Juneau Assembly Chambers on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm to address the question of whether the Juneau City Assembly should amend the Secondhand Smoke Control Code, adopted by CBJ in 2008. The proposed amendment would treat the vapors that are emitted from devices like electronic (e-) cigarettes just like tobacco smoke, thus banning them from bars, restaurants, and public buildings. 

In addition to re-glamorizing smoking for young people, e-cigarettes put clean indoor air in public places at risk. Contrary to what some believe, the aerosol emitted from an e-cigarette is not “water vapor”; it contains nicotine that is highly addictive, can damage a developing brain, and result in poisoning when ingested or absorbed through the skin.  The toxins in the ultra-fine aerosol particles are carcinogenic, may cause eye, throat, and airway irritation and result in children developing asthma. Nicotine exposure can have lasting adverse consequences for reproductive health and adolescent brain development.  Integrating a ban on electronic cigarettes alongside existing clean indoor air policies will protect children, adolescents, pregnant women, and non-smokers from involuntary exposure to aerosolized nicotine and potentially to other psychoactive substances according to the 2014 United States Surgeon General’s Report on Tobacco Use.   

For more information about e-cigarettes and the CBJ Assembly vote next Monday, visit no-smoke.org or juneauempire.com.

Charles Clement

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 andreat@searhc.org.