PRESS RELEASEFor immediate release
December 3, 2018
Sitka Community Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Team Donates $30,000 to Sitka Cancer Survivor's Society
SITKA, Alaska, December 3, 2018: Sitka Community Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Department donated $30,000 to the Sitka Cancer Survivor's Society in conjunction with Allen Marine, Harry Race, White's Pharmacy, and Russell's.
"We want the funds to go to our community, and we know the Sitka Cancer Survivor's Society does great work," said Amy Martens, Sitka Community Hospital mammographer.
The majority of the money was raised from the Diagnostic Imaging Department's annual Hope Floats Cruise fundraising efforts from 2008 to 2016. In late 2007, Natalie Allen approached the Department with the idea to use a boat for a fundraiser cruise, and after months of planning, Hope Floats was born.
Each October, the Diagnostic Imaging Department worked to sell tickets and contact local organizations for donations toward door prizes and goodie bags. Allen Marine donated a tour boat and crew for an afternoon trip. These contributions with the graciously donated baked goods from community members made this cruise a yearly success.
Diagnostic Imaging Department staff with Natalie Allen decorated the boat and ran activities during the tour including silent auctions, dessert auctions, and t-shirt sales.
The funds raised by these cruises were primarily put toward a Breast Scholarship Fund at Sitka Community Hospital. Ronda Anderson, then manager of the Diagnostic Imaging Department, came up with the scholarship idea for uninsured and underinsured women in the community potentially avoiding their health exam due to expense. With better coverage for women today, the funds have become underutilized.
The Diagnostic Imaging Department decided to donate some of the money to organizations within the community with missions similar to their own, including the Sitka Cancer Survivor's Society.
The Sitka Cancer Survivor's Society funded the Path of Hope and has plans to make improvements to the path in the near future. The organization also provides support for patients and donates $500 to any resident with cancer to help offset their expenses through their own mini grant program.
"It can be difficult to find some of the opportunities and grants offered to cancer patients by organizations in larger cities, and that's one reason the Sitka Cancer Survivor's Society exists," said Susan Suarez, President. "All the money raised and donated to the Sitka Cancer Survivor's Society goes right back into the community. It's important that we are helping locals."
Any Sitkans diagnosed with cancer are eligible for the mini grant and can obtain an application from one of the group's board members, including Candi Barger at Sitka Realty. Residents may also inquire at the either of the hospitals in town.
The Diagnostic Imaging Department presented a $30,000 check to Susan Suarez, President of Sitka Cancer Survivor's Society and Carolyn Fredrickson, Publicity Board Member. Shown left to right are Amanda Johnson, Ronda Anderson, Natalie Allen, Carolyn Fredrickson, Susan Suarez, Amy Martens, and Cara Lawrie.
About Sitka Cancer Survivor's Society: Sitka Cancer Survivor's Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation created in 2000 with a mission to honor, educate, comfort and inspire individuals and families affected by cancer. We are committed to helping assist members of our community facing this disease.
In The News
Employee of Quarter
November 1, 2018 Bottom Line- Chris is amazing! She shows all the values consistently on a daily basis. She can talk to irate patients and have them feeling better in no time. She goes out of her way to make each one feel important and valued. She shows respect and compassion to both patients and coworkers and is an excellent listener. Several times this past year our manager has been out of town and Chris has shouldered greater responsibility and demands without ceasing to be kind. She has been willing to make difficult decisions and looks out for others concerns as well as her own. She is definitely a team player- not just in the PFS department but with other departments in the hospital as well. I have always been impressed with her level of commitment to her job and our department and has been an excellent role model … Chris is very well deserving of this honor."
"Chris is an outstanding co-worker, her hard work and dedication too. She has been very helpful to her co-workers especially when the boss is away. She is also helpful to other departments in the hospital. I can't describe her enough, but she deserves to be given a recognition from the hospital
Rob Allen, CEO, congratulates Employee of the Quarter, Chris Causey
For immediate releaseOctober 22, 2018
Sitka Community Hospital Wins Statewide Quality Award for Long Term Care
SITKA, Alaska, October 22, 2018: Sitka Community Hospital Long Term Care was one of five facilities in Alaska awarded the Recognition of Quality Achievement Award in the 2018 Nursing Home Quality Awards.
"We think of our Long Term Care as a home, a place where visits by families and children are encouraged and where friendships develop among staff and residents," said Kay C. Turner, PT, DPT, CNHA, Long Term Care Administrator. "The strength of our facility is our staff. Our entire team is warm, loving and truly cares about our residents. Every effort is made to help each resident reach their highest level of function and independence. It is an honor to receive this award as it is a direct reflection on the care provided by our staff."
Sitka Community Hospital and Long Term Care participated in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NNHQCC)
through Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. The NNHQCC's goals are to instill quality and performance improvement practices, eliminate healthcare-acquired conditions and improve resident satisfaction. As a measure to reflect achievement of these goals, CMS created a composite score system. The composite score is a way to assess quality of care in longterm care facilities and is based on 13 publicly reported quality measures-the lower the score, the better.
The awards are based on each facility's composite score, their licensure with Alaska's state survey agency and their certification with CMS. Facilities who received the Recognition of Quality Achievement Award, including Sitka Community Hospital, earned a 7.0 percent or less at least once during 2017.
"Every one of these facilities demonstrated a true dedication and commitment to deliver highquality care to their residents and families," said Sharon Scudder, Mountain-Pacific's Alaska director, of the 2018 award winners. "Mountain Pacific is honored to partner with Alaska's longterm care facilities to promote quality, compassionate care."
Awards were presented on September 27, 2018 in Girdwood during the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association's Annual Conference. Sitka Community Hospital CNAs with Rob Allen, CEO; Dr. Hunter, Medical Director (not pictured); Lorraine Daly, Director of Nursing; and Kay Turner, Long Term Care Administrator were recognized by the Sitka Assembly at their meeting on October 9, 2018
About Mountain-Pacific: Mountain-Pacific is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and holds federal and state contracts that allow them to oversee the quality of care for Medicare and Medicaid members. Mountain-Pacific works within its region (Montana, Wyoming, Alaska,Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Territories of Guam and American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) to help improve the delivery of health care and the systems that provide it. Mountain-Pacific's goal is to increase access to high-quality health care that is affordable, safe and of value to the patients they serve.
For more information, visit: www.mpqhf.org
About Sitka Community Hospital:
Sitka Community Hospital is proud to serve the health care needs of its friends and neighbors in the close-knit community of Sitka, Alaska since 1956! Despite the small size and isolation of this community, we offer a full range of health care services. Whether you're a visitor, a newcomer, or a long-time Sitkan, you may be surprised at how much we do!
In The News
Employee of QuarterAugust 13, 2018 - Jeff CDM, CFPP Senior Cook, has been a true Sitka Community Hospital Employee for 14 years. Jeff has not only committed these last years with the hospital but has succeeded in advancing in his field of work continuously as he works. Jeff started out as a cook than proceeded to a Senior Cook. He worked and advanced his education in University of Florida Dietary Manger Training and passed. He is now a CDM/CFPP. This is a great achievement and he continues to thrive in his field. He has taken on a huge task of helping our dietitian build our new menu system while also training all our cooks on how to implement the new system. He is a dedicated employee who continues to learn and grow with this hospital.
He is the guy behind the scenes for the last 4 years with our SCHEA association and is chairman of the hospital employee's association. I truly feel Jeff is a great candidate for this recognition and he certainly deserves it.
(Left) Rob Allen, CEO, congratulates Employee of the Quarter, Jeff Reissmann (Right),
as Steve Hartford (Center), Director of Operations, looks on.
For Immediate Release
June 26, 2018
Kay C. Turner, PT, DPT, CNHA
Kay Turner, Chosen as a Future Long Term and Post-Acute Care LeaderSitka, Alaska - The Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association announced today that Kay Turner, PT, DPT, CNHA has been chosen by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) as a future leader in long term and post-acute care (LTPAC). Kay will join the Association's Future Leaders program, a year-long program that offers training and guidance for LTPAC professionals.
"At AHCA/NCAL we are always searching for the future leaders of our profession. After a thorough review, we have selected Kay as one of our future leaders," said Mark Parkinson, President & CEO AHCA/NCAL. "Kay has already made a positive impact on the lives of older people in their community and we are excited to be a part of their future."
Kay has served as the Nursing Home Administrator on an interim basis since 2015, as well as a Quality Examiner for AHCA/NCAL. She graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 2002, awarded cum laude, as well as a Certificate in Health Services Administration. In 1999 she received an Honors Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, summa cum laude.
Turner grew up in Sitka, graduated co-valedictorian in her class at Sitka High School in 1995 and returned with her family in 2006. Turner volunteered in the rehabilitation department as a high school student, and has worked at Sitka Community Hospital as a physical therapist since 2006. Her professional career started in Maryland where she worked in a large sports medicine practice alongside several orthopedic surgeons. She has always been involved in athletics, especially cross country and track, and was on the varsity crew team at Oregon State University.
Besides participating in the great events Sitka has to offer and serving as a volunteer for the Sitka Community Playground, she enjoys hiking, fishing, beach combing, hunting and spending time with her family.
"I am really enjoying my time working in our Long Term Care facility. It is a very special place, focusing on resident centered care. We have an outstanding group of employees who are dedicated to providing the best possible care and living environment for our residents. I love the close knit community of Sitka and want to provide the best services possible through our community hospital."
Since 2004, AHCA/NCAL has hosted LTPAC professionals in the Future Leaders program. Selected participants both demonstrate leadership potential and represent the interests of both state and national long term care providers. The program covers the latest theories and practical applications in quality management, customer satisfaction, and leadership. The year-long program kicks off with a two-day symposium, "Future Leaders of Long Term Care in America," held each year in Washington, D.C. This year's symposium will take place September 26 - 28, 2018.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,500 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.
A unified association providing effective statewide leadership to address health care delivery challenges affecting all Alaskans. For more information, please visit www.ashnha.com
Special Board Meeting Announcement
Posted 6-27-2018The Sitka Community Hospital Board CEO Recruitment Committee will meet on Thursday, June 28th, 2018, at 9:30 am. Agenda items include Current Status and CEO Recruitment. The meeting will be held in the Sitka Community Hospital Classroom. For further information, please contact Denise DenHerder at 747-1725.
Special Board Gathering
Posted 6-11-2018Members of the Sitka Community Hospital Board will attend a meet and greet with the Wipfli/Cerner Management Team on Tuesday, June 12th at 11:45 a.m. No business of the Board will be conducted. The meeting will be held in the Sitka Community Hospital Classroom and is open to the public. For further information, please contact Denise DenHerder at 747-1725.
Special Board Meeting Announcement
Posted 4-6-2018The Sitka Community Hospital Board will hold a special meeting on Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 6pm. Agenda items include: Motion to rescind previously-approved motion regarding the date of issuance of the board's CEO recruitment announcement and the ending date of the recruitment period, CEO Recruitment: Review of Materials for CEO Recruitment Announcement and Application Packet and Surgery Schedule Update. The meeting will be held in the hospital classroom and is open to the public. For further information, please contact Denise DenHerder at 747-1725.
Sitka Community Hospital Announces Employee of the QuarterKat Richards, RN BSN, Acute Care and ED Manager Employee of the Quarter
SITKA, March 2, 2018 - Sitka Community Hospital awarded Kat Richards, RN BSN, Acute Care
and ED Manager the Employee of the Quarter award.
Kat exemplifies the values of Sitka Community Hospital (SCH). Her leadership demonstrates honest
communication with clear guidelines and expectations. She is able and willing to jump in when help
with patient care is needed.
Kat is always willing to answer questions and assist her staff. She demonstrates her commitment to
providing quality care through her ability to value each staff member and the individual talents,
experiences, and interests that he or she brings to the healthcare team.
Kat is also an active member of the greater Sitka Community, and as such, she supports the SCH
vision to be "an integral part of the community where all individuals reach their highest potential for
Left to Right: Employee of the Quarter, Kat Richards, RN, Acute Care & ED Manager
pictured with Caldwell Lewin, RN, Infection Prevention/Employee Health Coordinator
Sitka Community Hospital Board CEO Recruitment Committee ANNOUNCEMENT:The Sitka Community Hospital Board CEO Recruitment Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, at 9:00 am. Agenda items include Review Draft Process Paper, Preparation for Presentation to the Board, Advertising CEO Position, Review draft ads, Revision of CEO Position Description, Assembly RFP. The meeting will be held in the Sitka Community Hospital Classroom.
For further information, please contact Denise DenHerder at 747-1725.
Alaska Governor Bill Walker and First Lady Donna Walker visit Sitka Community Hospital.Alaska Governor Bill Walker and First Lady Donna Walker visit with one of our Long Term Care residents during their Sitka Community Hospital tour on Alaska Day, October 18th, 2017.
Sitka Community Hospital Launches "Safe and Seen in Sitka"Commuting Sitka on foot or bike is good for the environment and you too! It is important to make sure you are safe, especially while traveling at night.
Pedestrians, including people who travel by foot, wheelchair, stroller, or bicycle are among the most vulnerable users of our roads. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in the next 24 hours, on average, 445 people in the U.S. will be treated in an emergency department for traffic-related pedestrian injuries. In 2012 alone 76,000 people were injured.
Sitka can be dark especially in the Winter months and many of the bicycle and pedestrian fatalities happen in low visibility. Drivers can only stop or swerve for the people they see. Lights, reflectors and high visibility coats offer a level of protection.
Thanks to Grundens and Murray Pacific, Sitka Community hospital will be raffling off high visibility coats at various locations throughout Sitka including Sitka Public Library, the Hames Center, the Salvation Army Little Store, Tongass Threads, Sitka Tribe of Alaska Social Services, UAS Sitka Campus and Sitka Community Hospital. The drawing will be held on October 30th and is open to all.
Having a coat that covers you and can be seen from all sides is a great way to stay safe and seen. For more information on the Safe and Seen in Sitka campaign contact Sitka Community Hospital's Director of Health Promotion, Doug Osborne at 747-0373.
Join in the Sitka Community Hospital Breast Cancer Walk!Sitka Community Hospital will be holding a Breast Cancer Awareness walk on Saturday, October 7th starting at 10 am. All participants are asked to gather at the Crescent Harbor Shelter starting at 9:30 am. Pink and black hats will be gifted to all those who sign in. All walkers are encouraged to wear pink, black or white to show their support for Breast Health Awareness.
October is Breast Health Awareness Month! Remember to get regular mammograms to ensure your health. Sitka Community Hospital has the lowest dose mammography machine in the state with 18 - 50% less radiation than other mammography units. Dose matters. Choose a safe and accurate mammogram at Sitka Community Hospital.
Sitka Community Hospital also offers the Breast Scholarship Fund which is used to provide free mammograms for uninsured or underinsured women. It is available all year and is as simple as talking to a physician to see if you qualify. No paperwork is needed!
Support Sitka Community Hospital in raising awareness for Breast Health Month. The Breast Cancer Scholarship Fund is made possible by the Sitka Community Hospital Radiology Department.
Contact Denise DenHerder at 747-1725 with any questions.
Show your love for Sitka Community Hospital!Sitka Community Hospital strives to be an integral part of the community where all individuals reach their highest potential for health. Through community engagement, health care, and education, Sitka Community Hospital connects with the citizens of Sitka to improve their daily lives.
Share how Sitka Community Hospital has impacted your life by using the #iheartSCH hashtag and the iheartSCH Facebook frame. The Sitka Community Hospital staff would love to hear your stories and encourage all Sitkans to post their experiences to the hospital's Facebook or Instagram page.
You are what keeps Sitka Community Hospital going!
Want to show your love for SCH? Get the logo here!
Make it an Active August with the Bike & Walk ChallengeBiking & Walking in Sitka is an economical and environmentally responsible way to fill the needs for transportation, physical activity, and fun, ALL IN ONE!
During the month of August, Sitka Community Hospital will be holding an Active August fitness challenge encouraging Sitka residents to commute by foot or bike. Sitka residents are eligible for weekly drawings by completing one or more non-motorized trip per week. Every Tuesday starting August 8th two winners will be selected.
The first place prize will be a $100 gift certificate to a local business and second prize will be a class at the Hames Center. Cyclists or walkers who participate in all four weeks of the challenge will be entered into the grand prize drawing! Participants can enter online or drop off a hard copy at the Hames Center, Sitka Public Library, Sitka Public Health Center or Oceanside Therapy Center. For more information contact Doug Osborne at 747-0373.
No pre registration required, just start tracking your trips on Tuesday, August 1st! To be entered into the week one drawing log your activity by 10 am on August 8th.
Welcome back Dr. Coruzzi!June 20, 2017 - It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Marylin Coruzzi is returning to Mountainside Family Healthcare this month!
She will be serving the residents of Sitka Pioneer Home.
Low Dose Full Field Digital MammographyMay 26, 2017 - Mammogram machines take an x-ray picture of the breast often used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms.
Sitka Community Hospital offers state of the art Low Dose Full Field Digital Mammography with the lowest radiation dose in the state. Radiation dosage is important and we are proud to offer the lowest, safest dose in Alaska.
We also offer the Breast Health Scholarship which is available year round for underinsured or uninsured women to provide the care they need.
Make an appointment today!
Three Mountainside Employees Awarded Medical Assistant ScholarshipsMay 24, 2017 - Mountainside Family Healthcare employees Shelia Agne, Shana Colburn and Jeff Russell, recently were awarded a scholarship from the hospitals' auxiliary program to complete training to become a Medical Assistant. Sitka Community Hospital is dedicated to growing its own employees to provide better care for the community. The three future Medical Assistants are pictured with Kay Turner (Director of Outpatient Services) and Patrick Williams (Manager, Mountainside Family Healthcare)
Thanks for making this a safer year!May 17, 2017 - Each day in the United States, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distracted driving is broken down into three main types of distraction; visual, manual and cognitive. Visual is taking your eyes off the road, manual is classified as taking your hands off the wheel and cognitive as taking your mind off the act of driving.
Talking on the phone, using a navigation system and texting are all examples of distracted driving. Texting while driving combines all three classifications of distraction, making it the most dangerous. In 2016, over 330,000 accidents were caused by a driver that was texting.
On May 26th, 2016 Sitka banned the use of cellphones while driving in hopes of reducing distracted driving accidents and making the roads safer. This ordinance was successful, distracted driving rates have fallen by 50%.
Sitka Community Hospital would like to thank the citizens of Sitka for making the roads safer by putting their phones away. Join us in continuing this trend by not using your phone while driving, it can wait!
Hope Floats 2016October 1, 2016 - Sitka Community Hospital Foundation had it's 9th Annual Hope Floats Cruise.
We would like to thank all that came out to support this cause and raise money for Breast Scholarship Mammograms.
First Baby of 2016January 14, 2016 - Sitka Community Hospital is proud to announce our first baby of 2016. Welcome to Will June Larson, born on Monday, January 14th weighing 8lbs 3oz.
We would also like to thank Babies and Books and Ladies of the Sitka Lutheran Church for gift basket donations.
Rachel Larson with big brother and baby Will June Larson. Also pictured are Kathryn Wright, RN and Julie Schanno, RN, OB Manager.
FASD Assessment ServicesJanuary 11, 2016 - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, or FASD is one of the most common developmental disorders in Alaska. Children affected face unique challenges; including trouble in school and difficulty understanding directions and consequences.Studies have shown that early diagnosis can improve their outlook.
If you think your child may be affected by FASD, Sitka Community Hospital would like to help. We offer diagnostic and treatment options for children possibly exposed to alcohol prior to birth. Learn more sitkahospital.org/fasd.htm or contact Coral Crenna at (907) 747-1771.
Lymphedema TreatmentJanuary 8, 2016 - Suffering from a swollen arm or leg as a result of lymphedema? Get treatment at Oceanside Therapy.
Lymphedema is failure of lymphatic drainage causing swelling typically in an extremity. This can be caused many factors; such as postsurgical, post infection, post traumatic, due to malignancy, or can be hereditary. Early detection and treatment can minimize functional and painful issues of this lifelong incurable disease.
Treatment consists of manual lymph drainage, multi-layered bandaging, use of vasopneumatic pump, ordering compression garments, exercises to restore loss of mobility, education of precautions and self-treatment. Treatment is implemented to get a significant decrease in volume/swelling of the lymphedematous area in a short time prior to obtaining appropriate compression garments for self-management.
Jennifer Disney, P.T. has recently obtained lymphedema management certification via the Leduc method, a research based program. Jennifer has been a physical therapist for over 20 years and recently has recently obtained lymphedema management certification for treatment of this very debilitating condition.
For treatment of lymphedema call Oceanside therapy at (907) 747-1771 or stop in at Oceanside Therapy at 805 Halibut Point Road.
Keep Sitka Streets Safe, Drive Phone FreeJanuary 1, 2016 - From January 4th through February 12th, Sitka Community Hospital is inviting local motorists to enter a prize drawing in appreciation for their commitment to just drive and not simultaneously text or use a phone.
Sitka motorists can enter to win at Sitka High School, Hames Center, Yellow Jersey Cylce Shop, Sitka Community Hospital, or Old Harbor Books. Pledge sheets can be printed at home or picked up at any participating locations.
Sitkan's under the age of 16 are allowed to enter as long as they commit to bike phone free now and drive phone free if and when they end up operating a car when they get older.
Learn more on our Health Initiatives page...
Thank You To Everyone Who Made the 2015 Hope Floats A SuccessOctober 12, 2015 - On behalf of all of us at Sitka Community Hospital Foundation, Sitka Community Hospital, and especially the staff and clients of our Radiology Department, thank you to the following people and organizations for their donations to our 8th Annual Hope Floats Cruise and Chocolate Extravaganza Auction held October 3, 2015: Natalie Allen, Bob and Betty Allen, Allen Marine Tours, Auctioneer Dave Miller, Harry Race Photo, White's Pharmacy, Seasons, Russell's, and the Sitka Community Hospital Bistro. Thank you so much to everyone who donated a chocolate dessert!
This year we were able to raise $7,311 for Breast Cancer Awareness. These funds will directly benefit the community of Sitka! Thank you once again Sitkans for supporting your community hospital!
Be Safe Be SeenOctober 1, 2015 - Sitka can be dark, especially in the winter! Sitka Community Hospital wants to remind everyone to be safe and be seen this winter.
"In the next 24 hours, on average, 445 people will be treated in an emergency department for traffic-related pedestrian injuries. In the next 2 hours, on average, one pedestrian will die from injuries in a traffic crash." CDC
"More than 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic deaths in 2012, and another 76,000 were injured. With numbers like these, it's critical that you understand the risks and learn how to stay safe."CDC
Learn More on our Health Initiatives page...
Sitka WIC Office Closed Until Further NoticeOctober 05, 2015 - The Sitka WIC office is closed until further notice due to lack of staffing. They are not currently loaning out breast pumps.
WIC applications and issues are being directed to the Juneau WIC office at (907) 463-4099. Please submit applications well in advance due to the potential for delays.
Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOctober 1, 2015 - To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month in October Sitka Community Hospital's Radiology Department presented the Sitka Cancer Survivors Society with a donation of $2,500.
The funds are raised each year during the month of October. The main event is our Annual Hope Floats Cruise donated by Allen Marine Tours.
Back row, left to right: Linda Janacek, Deborah Lyons, Barbara Richards, Amy Martens, Kay Turner, Candi Barger, and Dawn Ragusa. Front row, left to right: Rob Allen, Bonnie Richards, Susan Suarez, Ronda Anderson and Cara Lawrie.