Tag Archives: SEARHC

New administrator for Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital

Sitka’s other hospital has a new chief. The Southeast Regional Health Consortium announced Thursday that Jeff Prater has been hired as the new administrator at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. He took over this week from Interim Administrator Noel Rea.

As Sitka’s hospital stumbles, officials look to new ‘healthcare landscape’

Sitka Community Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation)Sitka’s local hospital is in trouble. Deep financial losses that have only just become apparent have shaken the institution, and have cost the chief financial officer his job. Sitka Community Hospital will ask the Sitka assembly for a $1-million loan this week, but city officials are not calling the emergency infusion of cash a fix.

Sitka hospital aims to become regional health care hub

Jeff Comer speaking to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce in November 2013, prior to disclosures about the hospital's financial straits. (KCAW Photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sitka’s new hospital CEO is thinking big -- really big. In remarks to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce last week, Jeff Comer said he’s developing a strategy to expand Sitka Community Hospital into a regional health care provider.

Brown: Communication is key

Wilbur Brown is running for his second term on tribal council. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Wilbur Brown is running for his second term on the Tribal Council. Born in Kake, Brown has worked in a variety of fields throughout the region and state.

SEARHC conducting Behavioral Risk Factor Study

Martha Pearson, Health Promotions Director at SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), spoke about the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Study.

How is a health initiative born? (Hint: It involves stickers)

IMG_4939In it's 8th year, enrollment at the Sitka Health Summit Planning Day was at a record high. Last Friday (10-03-14), 82 participants generated hundreds of ideas to improve health and wellness in the community. Their goal? To vote and commit to two ideas by the end of the day.

Vastola: Doc Talk on unintentional injuries in children Weds

Dr. David Vastola, a pediatrician at SEARHC, and Cindy Edwards talk about pediatric injury, from "near misses" to serious incidents, and what parents can do to protect their children. Dr. Vastola invites all Sitkans to his Doc Talk 7 PM Wed Oct 8 at the Hames Center.

Over fish tacos, the verdict for two health initiatives announced

02-IMG_4993Imagine a Sitka with a detox center, an indoor playground and school gardens where kids could grow their own vegetables. Those proposals were all on the table today at Sitka Health Summit’s Planning Day at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Dr. Vega: Doc Talk on STIs set for tonight

Dr. Irbert Vega of SEARHC demystifies sexually transmitted infections and treatment options. Alongside Cindy Edwards, he invites all Sitkans to a Doc Talk tonight at the Hames Center at 7pm.

SEARCH drops facility fees, opens doors to all

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.