This week was National Physician Assistant Week (October 6-12), a time to recognize and celebrate this important profession. Our PA’s work extremely hard as part of the medical team by performing physical examinations, diagnosing and treating patients, ordering and interpreting lab tests, performing procedures, providing patient education and counseling and much more. Please join me in extending sincere appreciation and gratitude to SEARHC PA’s. We couldn’t do it without you.
In commemoration of Alaska Day, Friday, October 18, the SEARHC administrative offices and medical clinics will be closed, including the Haines Medical Clinic, Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau, and Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock.
Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital in Sitka will remain open for business and available for any necessary emergency care as well as the High School Student Health Center on Seward Avenue. All other clinics at MEH will be closed for the day.
Have a happy and healthy Alaska Day.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One in four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime and, on average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.
Please stop by our information table at MEH ground floor each Monday throughout October for information and resources about domestic violence prevention. Purple is the color for the month’s activities. Wear a purple ribbon to bring national awareness to the issues faced by battered women and their children. Throughout October, communities across the country will mourn those whose lives were taken by domestic violence. Celebrate the tremendous progress victim advocates have made over the years, and connect with one another for a true sense of unity to end domestic violence.
October is a big “awareness” month for all of us in the healthcare field.
It is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the perfect time to remind the women in your life how important it is to be proactive; self-exams and mammograms are keys to early detection.
National Physical Therapy Month is this month as well, with this year’s focus is sports injury prevention. Alaskans are active all year round and winter sports and other activities often come with the risk of injury. This is good reminder that the key to avoiding injuries is to participate in these activities in the right way. Don’t get sidelined, stay safe.
October is also American Pharmacists Month and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) wants you to "Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine."
The fact is that the better you know your pharmacist, the more you’ll know about your medications, and the potential side effects and contraindications. They are an important part of your medical team.
Please join me in thanking every member of the SEARHC team that participates in each of these areas every day. You all work so hard to make our lives better and healthier and we appreciate you more than you know.