President’s Update for Sept. 10, 2010

In this edition...

SEARHC and Southeast send Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team to Hoonah: The SEARHC and City of Juneau's Critical Incident Stress Management teams combined to support the community of Hoonah after the tragic incident there. We are deeply grieved about the tragic loss of two police officers. SEARHC, with a team headed by Destiny Sargeant, Ph.D., psychologist from Juneau, flew in counselors and peer support personnel from Haines, Ketchikan, Sitka and Juneau to assist. The team used its individual expertise to focus services, which were offered to the community in general, the entire Hoonah School District, law enforcement, EMS/fire services, the clinic personnel, and the Hoonah City staff and administration. All community members were invited to group education sessions and many were seen individually. All school personnel and each classroom of children received services. This very large encompassing show of support was gratefully received. SEARHC is cognizant that on-going services, including counseling and traditional healing, will be desired and needed for some time. We also had several staff members attend the memorial service Wednesday for the two officers, including Dr. Sargeant, Dr. Elliott Bruhl and others. SEARHC to offer Gatekeeper suicide prevention training in Angoon: Sheryl McAllister from the SEARHC Behavioral Health/Suicide Prevention program will be in Angoon on Friday, Sept. 17, to offer a Gatekeeper suicide prevention training to law enforcement, school officials, church workers and others. Sheryl will be working with Steven Frank, who works for the program in Angoon. Similar Gatekeeper trainings are being scheduled for Skagway, Kake and Prince of Wales in the near future. Hydaburg celebrates 100th birthday for Claude Morrison: On Saturday, Sept. 4, the Morrison family and community of Hydaburg held a big celebration in honor of Claude Morrison’s 100th birthday. Family and friends of the community came from across the region to join the celebration. The community packed the big gymnasium for the event. Presenters and dance groups honored Mr. Morrison’s contributions to the community and his efforts to continue the Haida culture. Save the Whale House block party in Kasaan: On Sunday, Sept. 5, the Organized Village of Kasaan held an event to raise funds to restore the Whale House. The Whale House in Kasaan is the only Haida long house left in the United States. Community members from across Prince of Wales Island joined OVK and Kasaan residents for the event. The event included an afternoon of food, fun and visiting with friends. The rain and blustery winds could not stop the large turnout of support for the community in this effort. SEARHC hires Debra O’Gara as Director of Planning and Development: We are happy to welcome Debra O’Gara, JD, as SEARHC’s new Director of Planning and Development. Debra most recently has been a tribal court magistrate for child support with the Central Council of the Tlingít and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (CCTHITA) in Juneau. She grew up in Seattle and spent summers in the Yup’ik village of Mountain Village where her mother was born and raised. Debra’s Tlingít name is Djik Sook and she is a Raven Frog of the Teeyhíttaan clan. She is the niece of William Paul and great granddaughter of Tillie Paul Tamaree of Wrangell. Debra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oregon. Suicide intervention special to air on 360 North TV network: KTOO’s statewide television public affairs channel, 360 North, plans to televise Suicide Intervention and Coping with Suicide Loss, a presentation recorded on Wednesday in Juneau that featured Dr. Bob Baugher from Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash. The special airs at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12, and repeats at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 13. Dr. Baugher’s presentation focuses on suicide clues, emotional and thought patterns of people contemplating suicide, and suggestions for coping with the suicide of a loved one. Several SEARHC employees attended this presentation and this program is a good way for others to share in the excellent presentation. The program is presented by Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, with funding from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. 360 North is seen statewide on GCI Cable channel 15 (channel 18 in Juneau), and is broadcast over the air on KTOO-TV in Juneau (channel 3.2), KAKM-TV in Anchorage (channel 7.3) and KUAC-TV in Fairbanks (channel 9.4). 360 North is also available on Dish Network and DirecTV, and is streamed on the Internet at http://www.360north.org. Longtime SEARHC employee Jennifer Young receives merit award: Jennifer Young, who currently works with the SEARHC Injury Prevention Program, received a merit award during a SEARHC Community Health Services all-hands meeting on Friday, Sept. 10. The award honored Jennifer for her current work with elder falls, injury prevention and suicide intervention, and also honored her 15 years with SEARHC. Before joining Injury Prevention, Jennifer worked with the Gunaanastí Bill Brady Healing Center and later was a patient advocate at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. SEARHC joins with other community groups to honor National Recovery Month in September: September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, and SEARHC is partnering with several community groups to offer events in Sitka, Juneau, Haines and Prince of Wales Island. The full list of events is quite extensive, but here are a few highlights (a complete list of events has been sent to local media and tribal groups). On Saturdays in Sitka, there is a potluck and talking circle on Sept. 4, a canoe journey, drumming and open mike on Sept. 11, a sobriety walk and open mike on Sept. 18, and a sobriety potlatch celebration on Sept. 25. In Juneau, there is a series of movies about recovery every Wednesday, an art show all month, a recovery poetry jam on Sept. 18 and a SoberFest party on Sept. 24. In Haines on Sept. 25 there will be a potlatch and dance. In Craig on Sept. 25 there will be a sobriety walk, basketball tournament, bicycle rodeo, children’s events and community potluck dinner. Also during the month there will be school presentations on Prince of Wales Island. S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital operating room delays during renovation: The S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital operating room will experience delays in elective surgery for about three weeks because of the hospital’s siding, windows and roofing renovation project. The partial closure currently is scheduled for Sept. 20 through Oct. 8, but that could change depending on how the project is going. The operating room closure is so the windows and siding in the operating room area can be replaced. Emergency surgeries will remain available, but elective procedures will be delayed. Also, all of the operating room’s sterile processing will be done at Sitka Community Hospital during the closure. Since all of the hospital’s windows are being replaced in this project, there could be other impacts to the inpatient rooms and our outpatient services at various times over the next few months. SEARHC, Bartlett Regional Hospital mobile mammograms continues summer/fall schedule: The mobile mammogram van is finishing up its visit to Haines on Aug. 30-Sept. 13, then it will move on to visit Skagway on Sept. 14-17, Klawock on Sept. 22-Oct. 8, Craig on Oct. 11-12 and Metlakatla on Oct. 14-22. The summer/fall schedule started with a visit to Hoonah on Aug. 23-27 to kick things off. Appointment times are available from the local clinics. The mobile mammography program is run through a partnership between Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau and the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program. Between the spring and summer/fall seasons, the van provides about 800-900 women in nine communities with regular mammography screening services in places where the services aren’t available year round. For more information, contact your local clinic or call the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program at 966-8782 in Sitka or 1-888-388-8782 (toll-free in Alaska), send an e-mail to askwh@searhc.org, or go online at http://www.searhc.org/womenshealth/. Tlingít & Haida Indians of the City and Borough of Juneau to host Juneau Health Forum on Sept. 18: The Tlingít & Haida Indians of the City and Borough of Juneau is organizing a Juneau Health Forum on Saturday, Sept. 18, to discuss health care services in Juneau. This forum will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (light lunch provided) at the Juneau Tlingít and Haida Community Center, 3235 Hospital Dr., next to SEARHC. The purpose of the forum is to strengthen communication between tribal citizens and local leadership, increase understanding of how health care services are accessed and delivered, and to renew our commitment of mission and vision to SEARHC’s core health services, its structure and organization. Among those scheduled to present are SEARHC President/CEO Roald Helgesen, SEARHC COO Frank Sutton, SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center Clinic Administrator/Medical Director Dr. Janice Sheufelt, Alaska Native Medical Center CFO Greg Burkel and more. For more information, contact Doloresa Cadiente, President of the Tlingít & Haida Indians of the City and Borough of Juneau, at dcadiente@gci.net. Regards, Roald