President’s Update for May 23, 2014

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Be Safe on the Water

Boating season is in full swing which means it is time to remind you to be safe by wearing a life jacket every time you get into a boat.

According to the American Boating Association, in 2012, almost 71% of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, almost 85% were not reported as wearing a life jacket.

If you’re not sure why type of life jacket is right for you, the “Pledge to Live” website has a “Life Jacket Selector” to help you choose the appropriate personal floatation device for your individual circumstances. Please visit http://pledgetolive.org/Index.aspx/LifeJacketSelector.


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 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.

Charles Clement

Just a reminder...


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.


Spring Mobile Mammogram Schedule

The WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in partnership with the Breast Cancer Detection Center has set the Spring 2014 mobile mammography schedule. The mobile mammography van will be in Kake May 23 & 24, 2014. 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.


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.