The president and CEO of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), Charles Clement develops infrastructure, manages overall operations, and works with the group’s board of directors. Possessing extensive experience in executive healthcare management, Charles Clement has helped SEARHC reach numerous milestones.
Recently the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital was one of four 2016 Hospital Quality Achievement Award winners. Awards were accepted during the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) Annual Conference in Soldotna and were given by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. The other hospitals that received the award include Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, and Alaska Regional Hospital.
The Hospital Quality Awards are the top award given by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. All winners must meet 11 different measures that focus on improving the quality of medical service and increasing patient safety. All hospitals in the state are eligible to win the award, regardless of size and location. Rather than focusing on patient numbers, Mountain-Pacific Quality Health prefers recognizing high levels of care in an attempt to improve the overall healthcare system in the state.
Holding a master’s in public administration from the University of Alaska, Charles Clement has spent the last couple of decades working in the healthcare sector. Experienced in executive leadership, he serves as president and CEO of SEARHC. In his free time, Charles Clement enjoys staying active through such activities as biking. Alaska is home to numerous different biking trails that feature outstanding scenery and varying degrees of difficulty. Below are just a few examples of the state’s top bike trails:
– Lost Lake Trail: Winding through seven miles of wilderness, Lost Lake Trail is an intermediate trail with about 1,800 feet of climbing. Dotted with rocks and roots, the stretch reaches its summit after about six miles and the remaining mile can often be enjoyable for bikers. However, the area is home to bears, so bikers should exercise caution.
– Glenn Highway Trail: A relatively uncrowded trail, the Glenn Highway Trail near Anchorage consists of smooth asphalt and only a slight uphill grade. It is perfect for bikers of all skill levels and ages and can easily stretch more than 40 miles, depending on the specific path riders take. The official trailhead is at David Park in Mountain View.
– Kepler-Bradley Lakes State Park: Combining singletrack, doubletrack cross-country, and beautiful lakes and fields, Kepler-Bradley Lakes State Park is a great place for beginning bikers. There are several different singletrack trails running through the 350-acre park. However, most of them have relaxed terrain and low elevations.