President’s Update for October 18, 2013

In this edition...

MEH Director of Laboratory Services Announcement

I am pleased to announce the selection and appointment of Constance Stager, as the new Director of Laboratory Services for SEARHC. This is a new position that will consolidate laboratory services organization wide and is effective immediately. The consolidation of laboratory services under a single director will improve the quality and consistency of all aspects laboratory services throughout the organization.

Constance Stager has been in the position of Laboratory Manager at MEH for 6 months. Constance has several years of laboratory management experience at other tribal facilities having most recently spent almost 4 yrs at Maniilaq Health Center in Kotzebue, AK. Constance is a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist with a Masters in Business Administration. She was the 2011-2012 President of the Alaska chapter of the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLSA) and is the current Director for the Southeast region. Constance is also the National Co-chair of the RPMS Professional Service Group for the laboratory and has lectured nationally on POC testing in the rural setting.

Please join me in welcoming Constance Stager as the new Director of Laboratory Service for SEARHC.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know?  Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early - ask your provider about when and how often to get a mammogram.

MEH Radiology group photo

Some of the Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Radiology team (above) are helping to spread the word about breast cancer prevention and screening, in pink!

National Hospital & Health-System Pharmacy Week

October 20-26 is National Hospital & Health-System Pharmacy Week. The motto this year is: Improving Healthcare, Improving Lives. The month of October is American Pharmacists Month, with the purpose of acknowledging the invaluable contributions that our pharmacists and technicians make to patient care and celebrating the profession. Alaska Governor Parnell has declared October as Pharmacist Month.

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.

Spotlight on RN Jeff Wright at SEARHC MEH

I would like to bring RN Jeff Wright at SEARHC MEH Accute Medical Services to your attention. Jeff has been employed at SEARHC since the 1990's. He is an Alaska Native who started at SEARHC as a PCE, then became a CNA, a LPN and a RN. Jeff recently completed the Gero Nurse Prep course through an Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association grant administered by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Jeff successfully completed the program and went on to take the Gerontological Nurse National Certification exam. A Gerontological Nurse is a RN specialized in geriatric nursing. Jeff passed the national certification exam on Oct 14, 2013. This accomplishment deserves recognition both throughout SEARHC and our SEARHC communities.

Prince of Wales Diabetes Prevention Class Launch a Success

SEARHC Health Promotion on Prince of Wales Island held the first Lifestyle Balance class Tuesday, October 15th at Alicia Roberts Medical Center. Twelve participants from the communities of Hydaburg, Klawock and Craig are enrolled in the proven diabetes prevention program. Classes are in-session for 16 weeks with topics related to healthy eating, increased physical activity and motivation being addressed.  The POW Health Promotion staff is thrilled to offer this opportunity to all the POW community in a mutual effort to prevent diabetes.

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

Just a reminder...

SEARHC Honors Domestic Violence Month

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.

Other October Awareness

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."