President’s Update for November 1, 2013

In this edition...

SEARHC adds three providers to Juneau clinic

I am pleased to announce that earlier this month, we added three providers to the Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau.

One of them, Dr. Matt Taintor, MD, is not new to SEARHC, but has made the move from the SEARHC S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka to Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau. Dr. Taintor’s specialties are Pediatrics and Internal Medicine and will be filling a six-month vacancy as the clinic’s new Pediatrician.

We also have two new physicians to the organization. Dr. Jessica Porter and Dr. Keegan Jackson.

Dr. Jessica Porter's specialty is Family Medicine. She earned her medical degree from the University of California Davis where she also did her Family Medicine and Obstetrics residencies. Her professional interests are obstetrics and C-sections. SEARHC is very pleased to now be able to provide a cesarean section to patients in Juneau that require it instead of referring to a private practice physician in town.

Dr. Keegan Jackson’s specialty is also Family Medicine and she earned her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. And did her residency with Duluth Family Medicine Residency in Duluth, Minn. Dr. Jackson’s medical interests are geriatric medicine, women’s health and preventative medicine.

SEARHC is happy and grateful to be able to add such great medical talent to our staff.  Please join me in welcoming them.

Trick or Trot

Everyone had a great time at the Trick or Trot 5K run/walk on Friday, Oct. 25th in Haines.  The event was sponsored by SEARHC WISEWOMAN, SE Alaska State Fair and Well and Fit Community Council. There were 40 participants, from older adults to kids and moms/dads jogging with strollers.  There was a costume contest for kids and adults, a bonfire at the start/finish, refreshments, safety flashers, reflective tape, and vests for participants.

Photo of the Davis family enjoying Trick or Trot




Davis family enjoying Trick or Trot Friday in Haines

National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week

Next week, November 3-9 is National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week. In 1992, President George Bush issued a proclamation designating the first week of November as “National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week,” to acknowledge and thank medical services professionals (MSPs) for playing “an important role in our nation’s healthcare system.”

MSPs are a vital part of the SEARHC healthcare team by working behind the scenes to make certain that all patients receive care from practitioners who are properly educated, licensed, and trained in their specialty.

Please join me in thanking them for all of their hard work and dedication to SEARHC.

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

Just a reminder...

SEARHC Changes ELMC Clinic Hours

Beginning Monday, November 4, we will be expanding its clinic hours at the Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau. The clinic along with the Pharmacy will be open from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM Monday through Thursday and 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Friday. The weekday hours were previously 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Parents and students are so busy it just made sense to be open and available whenever is most convenient. Providing access to patients that prefer to see a provider later in the day is important and we also hope that patients with non-emergent needs will be able to access the clinic instead of the emergency room during these expanded hours.