Tag Archives: SEARHC
Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital administrator Noel Rea discusses SEARHC's decision to drop facility fees, and to make healthcare services available to all in the community -- even without a referral. The hospital now offers tele-radiology on nights and weekends, a new mammography machine, and other services intended to keep SEARHC viable into the future. Rea also says that, contrary to urban myth, there is no danger of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital closing.
Parenting is one of the most difficult and complex tasks many of us will undertake in our lifetimes. Kids don’t come with an instruction manual. Yet across cultures, there is a deep-rooted reluctance among parents to ask for help. Sitka is one of the communities being considered for a new program designed to teach healthy parenting.
Erin Matthes and Zachary Desmond of Brave Heart Volunteers and Pam Steffes of the SEARHC eye clinic discuss how eyesight and dementia interact. Brave Heart is holding a workshop on eyesight and dementia this Wednesday, July 16, from 12-1pm.
The CEO of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium says it’s been a rough couple of years, but the organization’s finances have stabilized. Charles Clement is only 39 years old, but he told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week (1-29-14) that the experience had cost him some gray hairs and about 25 pounds. After taking the top job at SEARCH in early 2012, he had the unpleasant responsibility of reporting a $4-million dollar loss the previous year.
Sitka’s last remaining private medical clinic has been sold. Sitka Medical Center announced on Monday (1-21-13) that it had finalized the sale of its operations to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC. Representatives on both sides of the transaction say the sale means no visible changes in staff, and no planned changes in care, for patients of either organization.
While SEARHC and Sitka Community Hospital share many of the same obligations to provide care without regard for a patient’s ability to pay, there is one little-discussed component of the Affordable Care Act unique to SEARHC: The law permanently reauthorizes the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which expands Indian Health Service funding, and updates its priorities.