Tag Archives: SEARHC

Sitka hospital aims to become regional health care hub

Jeff Comer says of the Affordable Care Act:  "Whether you agree with it or not, it will help our hospital." (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.

Sitka providers back new parenting program

Dr. Matt Hirschfeld introduces Triple P to Sitka health and welfare professionals. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)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.

Workshop: How dementia affects eyesight

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.