President’s Update for March 28, 2014

In this edition...

Radiation Oncology Close to Home

I am happy to announce that through a partnership with Southeast Radiation Oncology Center in Juneau, SEARHC patients that require radiation as part of their cancer treatment will be able to remain close to home rather than having to travel as far as Anchorage or Seattle to receive radiation treatments.

Previously, a cancer diagnosis for a patient living in Southeast Alaska often included the added stress of having to travel a significant distance to receive radiation treatments which typically take place for consecutive days over the course of several weeks. That meant patients would spend substantial time far from home, and quite possibly alone as friends and family members find it difficult to leave their own responsibilities for extended periods of time. Remaining in Southeast Alaska creates more opportunities for a connection to home, friends and family.

We are grateful for the ability to offer our patients such excellent care so close to home and look forward to a long partnership with Southeast Radiation Oncology Center.


Digital Mammography at MEH

A brand new Digital Mammography Machine, the Lorad Selenia, was installed last week in the Radiology Department at Mt Edgecumbe Hospital. The clinical benefits of Digital Mammography are a less radiation to patients, improved image quality, and faster exam times. If you are a woman over the age of 40, and it has been a year or more since your last mammogram, come to MEH Radiology and get your annual screening exam on the new machine. You can make an appointment at our front desk or just drop in for immediate care!


Fundraiser for Phineas Edwards

Join Phineas, his family and friends on April 5th from 11:00am – 3:00pm at the Crescent Harbor Shelter for a welcome home party and fundraiser. There will be hotdogs, cotton candy, snow cones, games, a bake sale, music, prizes, face painting, animal balloons, and lots of fun.

All proceeds are going to the Ronald McDonald House of Seattle at the request of Phin’s parents. If you would like to volunteer or bake “goodies,” please contact Karin Johnson at 738-9256 or karins@searhc.org or Nikki Bandy 738-0962 or jbandy@searhc.org.

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


March is National Nutrition Month

Every March, we at SEARHC celebrate National Nutrition Month. The national theme this year is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” For ideas on how to make your meals tastier and more interesting, we suggest you: 1) check out the displays at ELMC and the Dental Building; 2) visit the “Eat Well” section SEARHC’s online magazine, Healthy Living Southeast (www.healthylivingse.org) for more great ideas; and 3) contact one of SEARHC’s four dietitians. In Juneau, you can contact Susan Hennon at 364-4476 or Aleene Poulsen at 463-4097.  In Sitka, you can contact Kelly Whitcomb at 966-8427 or Jessica Holland at 966-8651. Remember, healthy eating can and should be delicious, too!


Annual Food Drive

SEARHC employees in Juneau are invited to participate in our annual food drive. All proceeds will be donated to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank at the end of the month.  Donation boxes are located in the break rooms on both floors of ELMC, the break room in the Administration Building, and in the lobby of the Dental/WIC/Health Promotion & Behavioral Health Building. Thank you in advance for your generous donations.


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.


March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Of cancers that affect both men and women; colorectal (colon) cancer is the #2 cause of cancer deaths in the United States. About 51,000 people die from colorectal cancer each year. Screening could have prevented 60% of these deaths. Please talk to your provider about scheduling an appointment to be screened and feel free to contact our dedicated Patient Navigator in the SEARHC Colorectal Cancer Screening Program, Maria at 907-966-8541 or 907-966-2411 ext 8541 to help you through the process.


Pharmacy at Ethel Lund Medical Center opens on weekends

Beginning Saturday, March 1, the pharmacy at the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau expanded its hours to include weekends. The ELMC pharmacy hours now mirror the hours the clinic operates and is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm on Saturdays and 12:00pm – 4:00pm on Sundays.


Shingles vaccine available until April 24, 2014

The State of Alaska has provided a one-time allocation of shingles vaccine (Zostavax) to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka and Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau. There are several things you should know about the vaccine which we have made available on our online magazine, Healthy Living Southeast, so please take a look at the information at your earliest convenience.

To get the vaccine you may request a nurse appointment in the MEH Outpatient Department in Sitka at 966-8318 or ELMC in Juneau at 463-6608. If you live in one of the villages and would like shingles vaccine, please contact your local clinic.