President’s Update for October 25, 2013

In this edition...

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.


Assistance from the ANTHC for Intimate Partner Violence Screening

SEARHC will be receiving technical assistance from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Screening. Laura D. Avellandeda-Cruz of ANTHC will be meeting with consortium staff 10/28-10/30 to assess our current screening policies and procedures and introduce the new more culturally relevant IPV screening card. The second visit from ANTHC will occur on Monday, November 18th for a three and half hour training co-facilitated by Laura and the world-class speaker Dr. Linda Chamberlain. We look forward to these important and informative visits from ANTHC.


Electronic Health Record Roll Out

Last month, SEARHC staff completed go-lives of the Indian Health Service Electronic Health Record (EHR) at all our ambulatory care areas. The EHR is now live at thirteen SEARHC clinics, and brings the total nationwide to 401 sites.

The EHR steering committee continues to meet regularly to review how the EHR can be improved, and to monitor providers' progress in meeting Meaningful Use measures to qualify for federal incentive payments for using the EHR.

Robert Meadows, RN at ELMC, says, “I have found EHR to be intuitive, flexible, and practical. Support during implementation has been excellent, thanks Sean."

The implementation team will meet with the national IHS EHR implementation team for a work session all next week. To prepare for this, two inpatient nurses from Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital visited two hospitals in Oklahoma that are already using the IHS EHR. Additional work sessions are scheduled in December and February, and the target go-live for Inpatient EHR is early April 2014.


Accounts Payable Recognition Week

The Institute of Financial Operations, the preeminent association for Accounts Payable professionals sets the bar in celebrating AP Recognition Week each year. This year, AP Recognition Week was October 21 – 25 to recognize the "AP cream of the crop" for their dedication, drive, and accomplishments for the AP profession.

Once upon a time, these jobs were thought of as “back office,” but have changed so much, if you looked at their job just 20 years ago, it would barely be recognizable. AP professionals are becoming a much more integral part of the financial health of the organization. AP professionals in accounts payable must adapt as they go and learn new skills every day. 

Please join me in thanking the entire SEARHC AP staff. They really are the “cream of the crop!"


Haines Mayor Signed SEARHC Proclamation

At the recent borough assembly meeting, Haines Borough Mayor, Stephanie Scott, signed a SEARHC proclamation declaring November as Diabetes Awareness Month. The Proclamation was also read during the local radio news broadcast.

Charles Clement

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."