Tag Archives: SEARHC

A walk a day keeps the doctor away

Sec. Vilsack's direction to produce a plan that is "ecologically, environmentally, and economically sustainable" is a significant challenge, as managers reckon with a forest that is huge, but also fragile. (Flickr photo, Joseph)For the month of April, Sitka's park will have a 30-day walking challenge where visitors can "walk and win" for prizes with a punch card.Downloadable audio.

City proclaims special day for Hames Center duo

FullSizeRender (1)At last night's meeting (03-22-16), the Sitka Assembly recognized the service of Cindy Edwards and Brant Brantman for revitalizing the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center through a volunteer-run model.

State explores privatizing pioneer homes

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The state-funded pioneer homes operate in six locations and provides care to 440 of Alaska’s senior citizens. But lawmakers are worried that the state can no longer afford operations. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)

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A haircut goes a long way on St. Baldricks Day

IMG_3874On March 18th, Sitka will host St. Baldrick’s Day, an event that invites participants to shave their heads and raise money for pediatric cancer research. To demonstrate how it’s done, cancer survivor 6-year-old Phinneas Edwards got a buzz cut in the middle of the Assembly floor.

Aging Southeast: Senior vets face extra challenges

Ralph Strong, a 78-year-old Alaska Native veteran from Klukwan, poses outside the American Legion Hall in nearby Haines. (Photo by Jillian Rogers/KHNS)Veterans in remote Southeast Alaska face a lack of access to health care, transportation limitations and the high cost of living. But in Haines, older vets have a support network at the American Legion Hall.

A tale of two hospitals

photojoinerFor decades, the question of whether Sitka can afford two hospitals has percolated, with little success at consolidating services. That era may be coming to a close.

Task force chair opens two-hospital conversation

photojoinerThe old question of ‘Can Sitka afford two hospitals?’ became new again, as the Citizens’ Task Force heard a budget report from Sitka Community Hospital yesterday In his remarks, hospital CEO -- and task force chair -- Rob Allen raised the question of how the hospital could work more efficiently with its neighbor across the bridge.

Medicaid isn’t just for seniors

Stethoscope-300x236Under Medicaid expansion, thousands of more people are now eligible for health care from the state.

Sitka organizations offer free counseling in aftermath of slides

From left, John Raasch, of Youth Advocates of Sitka; Marita Bailey, Amy Zanuzoski and Carol Berge, of Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services; and Parcae Soule, of SEARHC, spoke about counseling resources available to Sitkans. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)As the city continues to cope with the aftermath of last week’s landslides, Sitka's emergency responders had one key message on Thursday: take care of yourself, and make sure to ask for help if you need it.

Hospital on the mend, as permanent CEO Rob Allen takes the wheel

1-IMG_7710After six weeks on the job, Rob Allen - the interim CEO of Sitka Community Hospital - has agreed to take on the position permanently. He announced his decision during the hospital board’s last meeting in February (2-26-15) and expects to negotiate for a contract soon. He says the hospital’s financial panic has subsided, thanks in large part to the staff members who rode the wave.